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This business of online publishing that we and many others are involved in is fueled by advertising dollars. It's what pays the bills for bandwidth and servers and trips to cover events. Here at all the sites that are part of Weblogs Inc. the advertising sales department is completely separate from the editorial content side of the business. Those of us who write here and at sites like Engadget have no control or influence over who the advertisers are and I personally don't even look at who is

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Over at EcoGeek, Hank Green has a response to the recent MSNBC/Newsweek article about liquefied coal. Coal-to-liquid fuel is very controversial topic because the United States has huge quantities of coal in the ground, and it's relatively cheap to extract, at least compared to most other options. The problem is that coal, like petroleum, is a fossil fuel, which means that burning it (or a derivative) releases huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere that would otherwise remain locked up tight

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