Great deal...spray coal with tar and it qualifies for synthetic fuel credits!
Companies have found a loophole in the synthetic fuel tax credits whereby if simple coal is sprayed with almost anything that 'chemically changes' it, such as pine tar, acid, latex or even coal production byproducts, it qualifies as a synthetic fuel. Burning that material then qualfies the company to take synthetic fuel use credits.
A number of companies had material losses, but enjoyed a profitable year by taking hundreds of millions of these credits, made available by ramshackle "power plants" set up to burn the "synfuel"...
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.