Coal is Naughty

Burning coal is a leading source of global warming pollution and the dirtiest way we produce electricity.  It’s super nasty when compared to wind and solar power.  There are about 600 coal plants creating electricity in the U.S. and not one of them captures its global warming pollution – carbon dioxide (CO2).

And if dirty coal power wasn’t naughty enough, it’s also the largest single man-made source of toxic mercury pollution in the U.S. and also spews out tons of sulfer dioxide too.

There’s just no such thing as clean coal.

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4 Replies to “Coal is Naughty”

  1. Pretty gross, huh? :-\ I still don’t understand why we can’t use solar, wind, and water power more, especially solar… the sun is always shinin’. 🙂

  2. We’re real close to coal mining areas here in SW. VA – it sucks. AEP gets (I think) 80% of their energy via coal. We’re still fighting mountain top removal and people who think there is such a thing as “clean coal” in Wise County (oxymoron if you ask me).
    I agree with Sam on not understanding why we can’t better utilize the availability of eco-friendly and sustainable options. The demand for these things seems to be exploding, so it would seem like their would be a fantastic market for it all. Does Big Bad Coal & Oil have such a tight grip on everything????

    1. Pretty much Mama T. The lobbyists for these coal and oil companies definitely have tight grip on everything…

      Haha, clean coal is an oxymoron. 😉

  3. This was sent to me via one of my local green groups. This is an absolute tragedy. As stated below, this spill is FORTY TIMES BIGGER than the Exxon Valdez spill!!! Thought I would share:

    The Tennessee Valley Authority, better known as TVA, has a coal-burning power plant located near Harriman, Tennessee, along Interstate 40 between Knoxville and Nashville. The stuff that is left over after TVA burns their coal is called coal ash.

    Coal ash contains mercury and dangerous heavy metals like lead and arsenic – materials found naturally in coal are concentrated in the ash.

    TVA has a huge mountain of this coal waste material stored in a gigantic pile next to their Harriman (Kingston) power plant, alongside a tributary of the Tennessee River.

    On Monday morning Dec. 22 around 1:00 am, the earthen retaining wall around this mountain of coal ash failed and approximately 500 million gallons of nasty black coal ash flowed into tributaries of the Tennessee River – the water supply for Chattanooga TN and millions of people living downstream in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.

    This Tennessee TVA spill is over 40 times bigger than the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, if local news accounts are correct.

    *** This is a huge environmental disaster of epic proportions.

    To see an amazing aerial video of the spill – the big hunks and chunks in the river are mounds of coal ash:

    There is better aerial footage but you have to watch an Applebees commercial first – go to the link below, then scroll down to the “Most Popular” section and find the button that says “aerial footage”

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