In exchange for switching to the Republican party, FoxNews reports, Republicans are reportedly offering Senator-elect Joe Manchin, current West Virginia governor, support for a plant to convert coal to diesel fuel that has stalled under Democratic leadership in Washington.
It's one of Manchin's pet projects and could mean big money for the state's coal producers.
"Republicans believe in an 'all of the above' approach to energy," one top Senate aide told Power Play. "And coal-to-diesel could certainly be part of that."
That plant would be built and operated in Mingo County, West Virginia, by Transgas. "This project's success will truly be far-reaching for the coal industry," Governor Manchin said last month.
Making diesel fuel out of coal without capturing the carbon releases twice as much carbon into the atmosphere per gallon of final product as refining gasoline from crude does, Princeton University energy expert Robert Williams told ScienceInsider.