This is a very interesting read and a well-informed look at the campaign to defeat global warming legislation in the U.S.
What makes the argument against the global warming event most interesting is that most of the people who are screaming about less government and less regulation are the same people who think there is nothing wrong with destroying entire mountain ranges for coal and that we should be doing so without any pesky regulations to get into the way.
There is very little to no mention from these folks of the facts surrounding global warming and in particular, coal processing. So here is an article that will inform you and educate you about why coal will never be a clean and viable source of energy for us, and the people behind the scenes who are perpetrating the lie coal can be good for us and global warming isn't real.
The only item I'm going to add to the article is link to a listing of all the known chemicals used to "wash" coal to make it marketable. This washing process creates billions of gallons of waste water that is stored in sludge ponds. Many of these chemicals are known to cause severe blood problems, liver and kidney problems and even death.
Coal's Toxic Sludge
It's deadly, barely regulated, and everywhere. Can Obama crack down on America's second-biggest river of industrial waste?
JEFF GOODELLPosted Mar 17, 2010 12:50 PM
Big coal has spent millions of dollars over the past year touting the virtues of what the industry calls "clean coal," but it's no secret that coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel. When you burn it, coal releases monstrous quantities of deadly compounds and gases — and it all has to go somewhere. The worst of the waste — heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium and mercury, all of which are highly toxic — are concentrated in the ash that's left over after coal is burned or in the dirty sludge that's scrubbed from smokestacks. Each year, coal plants in the U.S. churn out nearly 140 million tons of coal ash — more than 900 pounds for every American — generating the country's second-largest stream of industrial waste, surpassed only by mining. If you piled all the coal ash on a single football field, it would create a toxic mountain more than 20 miles high.
Find out how Big Oil and Big Coal mounted one of the most aggressive lobbying campaigns in history to block progress on global warming.
For decades, the industry has gotten away with dumping coal ash pretty much wherever it wants. It poured the stuff into vast lagoons, dumped it into mines, used it to pave roads, spread it on crops as fertilizer, even mixed it into everyday items like concrete, wallboard, vinyl flooring, bowling balls, potting soil and toothpaste. There are no federal regulations to speak of. Many states have minimal restrictions on where and how coal ash can be dumped, but the coal industry has a long history of buying off state regulators with a junket to Vegas and a few rounds of golf. In short, the industry had it made. Nearly 300 billion pounds of coal ash simply vanished from view each year, with less oversight than household garbage.
But all that changed just before 1 a.m. on December 22nd, 2008, when an earthen dam collapsed at a storage pond brimming with coal waste near Kingston, Tennessee. Within hours, a billion gallons of gray-black sludge had oozed into the once-lovely Emory River, destroying nearby homes and poisoning the water. It was the largest industrial disaster in American history, a flood of waste 100 times bigger than the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. The cleanup of the river, which will take years to complete, is expected to cost as much as $1 billion.