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Air Force picks up coal as fuel source to avoid foreign oil
(2008-03-22)
(WOUB) - Good news for the coal industry!

The Air Force has launched a plan to wean itself from foreign oil by turning to an
unlikely source: coal.

The Air Force wants to build at a base in central Montana what could be the first facility in the nation to turn coal
into cleaner-burning synthetic fuel.

And by offering itself as a partner in the project, the Air Force hopes to prod Wall Street investors to sink money into
similar plants nationwide.

This could mean more jobs for miners in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

The Air Force's involvement comes at a critical time for the industry.

Coal's biggest customers, electric utilities, have scrapped at least four dozen proposed coal-fired power plants over rising costs and the uncertainties of climate change.

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