Alaska has proposed a $21 billion fund (Greenwire, $ub. req’d), which uses oil surpluses to support alternative energy projects, including:

wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, tidal, biomass and a plant that “produces ultraclean fuels from coal.”

State Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) responds:

Coal is not renewable energy and by any fair definition it’s not really alternative energy

Sounds controversial!