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They Poisoned the River for a 'Clean Coal' Lie

Environment  (tags: muth of clean coal, energy companies, water pollution, pollution, world, environment, destruction, ecosystems, water, nature, green, government )

- 1972 days ago -
On January 9 thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical used to produce "clean coal", spilled into Elk River, leaving 300,000 with no water supply


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Peta Clarke (30)
Monday January 20, 2014, 5:12 am
Thanks Cal noted. Can't believe that this can happen and that large companies are allowed to do this and lie. Not only lie but appear to get away with it.

pam w (139)
Monday January 20, 2014, 5:52 am
This MUST become an example of careless capitalism versus welfare of the consumers!

Frances Darcy (92)
Monday January 20, 2014, 6:09 am

Past Member (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 6:12 am
I firmly believe from the evidence I've read that this was an unforseeable accident ~ and accidents happen and they always will. That's why they're called accidents.
Living in Pennsylvania (and all of Appalachia sees the same effects) has made me very aware of the impact of our demand for coal. Underground fires that have devastated entire towns are still burning 50yrs later, mine subsidences, mining waste run-off, miles of barren, black waste heaps that will never be green again, entire mountains dynamited.
Coal is the worst pollutant that's used for energy and it supplies about 50% of our demand. It emits 20% more carbon than oil and 50% more than natural gas.
Our need for coal seems insatiable ~ besides energy production coal is used in the manufacture of iron, steel, cement, paper products, hand soaps, and laundry detergent just to name a few.
It's fine and good to demand stricter controls and government interventions, but I think the best way to protect against coal disasters is to stop demanding so much coal to supply our personal needs.

Terry K (113)
Monday January 20, 2014, 6:34 am
The underlying cause of this disaster, burning coal to produce electricity, is one of the most destructive things that we do.

lee e (114)
Monday January 20, 2014, 7:49 am
There are studies that suggest with subsidies the US could be solely run on renewable clean energy by the year 2030, but without effort the fossil and natural gas industries will not allow that to happen, while coal is the worst of the fossil fuel environmental polluters, natural gas is nearly as bad - the only positive about natural gas is that once the damage is done to the environment through extraction the end result will not be as devastating - don't be duped by false advertisement that natural gas is cleaner - it isn't!

Past Member (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 8:41 am
In over ten years of natural gas production with more than 35,000 online wells there hasn't been a single major incident of contamination. The few that have occured were due to limited spillage that was immediately isolated and remedied; most were contained on the well pad itself.
Whereas other fuel sources lose about 70% in processing and transmission, natural gas loses less than 10%. It produces almost it's own weight in usable energy because it's processed twice re-using waste gas to generate even more power.
It emits 30% less carbon than oil and 50% less than coal.
Currently, more than half our power is generated from coal.
One must also consider land usage. Natural gas requires very little; at our current level of technolgy to supply the U.S. demand for power we would need to cover almost all available land mass with wind turbines and solar farms.

Dawn M (141)
Monday January 20, 2014, 9:16 am

Ana MESNER (201)
Monday January 20, 2014, 9:21 am
Sadly noted.

Bob P (394)
Monday January 20, 2014, 9:29 am
Thanks Cal

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday January 20, 2014, 3:55 pm

Nimue Michelle P (339)
Monday January 20, 2014, 7:34 pm
Despicable rogues!

John B (185)
Monday January 20, 2014, 9:11 pm
Thanks Cal for the link. Excellent article by Ms. Kahle. There is no such thing as "Clean Coal". More regulations are needed for toxic chemicals not less!
Read and noted.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 12:55 am
Man's thirst for fuel goes on unabated and largely uncontrolled what will the planet look like 50yrs from now?.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 3:16 am
In 1962, a coal seam in a mine in Centralia, PA caught fire. Senator Bob Casy evoked imminent domain and the town was evacuated; the USPS revoked the town's zip code. The fire continues to burn emitting noxious smoke and gases and is estimated to burn for at least another 250yrs.
Yesterday, another coal mine fire erupted in a mine near Carbondale, PA. Authorities estimate it will be 3-4wks before any containment procedures can be attempted.
Mine fires and subsidences occur several times every year in Pennsylvania.
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