Three more retired coal miners died of black lung today. Over 105,000 Americans have suffered and died from black lung related diseases; 10,000 miners, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, have died from black lung in the last decade.
One of the most compelling chapters in the PBS Frontline 2-hour special on global warming that aired earlier this week was the segment on America's Addiction to Coal. PBS dives headfirst into the myth of clean coal and pretty much tears it apart using something we don't often see these days when it come US energy issues: facts.
And the most complete take-down of "clean coal" in the segment came from the CEO of the second largest coal electricity company in the US.
Check out Sierra Club's new site busting the myth of "clean coal."
They also have a great video rebutting the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricty's "clean coal" PR talking points:
This week in Wise Virginia, the group who put their bodies on the line to stop the construction of Dominion’s newest coal-fired power plant on Sep. 15th appeared in court to agree to a plea agreement and read statements about their action.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a report today outlining the considerable risks associated with so-called "clean coal" and carbon capture and storage technology (pdf.)
Rainforest Action Network's executive director Mike Brune has a great op-ed out on the idiocy of the idea that coal is somehow clean: