By Kristin Espeland
Laramie, WY – Senator Craig Thomas' recent efforts to draw attention to coal-to-liquid fuel technologies have not fared well in Congress. Thomas says committee members struck down his provision because it was tacked onto a bio-fuels bill that democrats didn't want to expand. But Thomas says he's hopeful the provision will see the light again in a floor debate. And he's pursuing a focus on coal-to-liquid technology because it's available now and not an alternative for the future. Wyoming is the nation's largest coal-producing state but efforts to get a coal-to-liquid plant built have been off and on. Proponents say the technology burns cleaner than typical coal-fired power plants.