Cross-post of "Barack Obama hasn't been to the mountaintop, not in Appalachia," from Examiner.com.
The U.S. Air Force is in the process of converting its engines to run on coal to liquid (CTL) fuel. The U.S. military is the world's largest customer for CTL fuel, which it purchases from the Sasol Group, the world's largest producer of synthetic fuel, based in South Africa . CTL fuel produces twice the greenhouse gas that oil-based fuels produces.
The U.S. military is also the world's largest aingle consumer of fossil fuels, and, Pentagon planners hope that it will be operate on 50% coal-based fuels by 2016.