Congressional Briefing - December 10, 2008

Producing Liquid Fuels From Coal: Prospects and Policy Issues

coal piles, photo courtesy of NREL


James Bartis


Wednesday, December 10, 2008


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


2325 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

About the Program

Concerns about energy security and CO2 emissions are motivating interest in possible substitutes for conventional liquid fuels. Large U.S. coal reserves and viable technology make promising a domestic industry producing liquid fuels from coal.

Government actions to gain early experience in producing liquid fuels from coal offer major energy security benefits but also raise important economic governance, and environmental issues.

James Bartis will present the findings of this in-depth review of the prospects and policy issues of establishing a coal-to-liquids industry in the United States.

About the Speaker

James Bartis

James Bartis is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation. Dr. Bartis has more than 25 years of experience in policy analyses and technical assessments in energy and national security. His recent energy research topics include development prospects for coal-to-liquids and oil shale, energy and national security, Qatar's natural gas-to-diesel plants, Japan's energy policies, planning methods for long-range energy research and development, critical mining technologies, fuel cell development options, and national response options during international energy emergencies. Dr. Bartis joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1978 shortly after it was established. He served in the Office of Fossil Energy, where he directed program planning and technology assessments covering the coal, oil, oil shale, and gas research and development programs. He also worked in DOE’s main policy office, where he directed the Divisions of Fossil Energy and Environment. During the George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations, he was a member of the Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Energy for Trade Policy Matters, which served the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative.

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