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Like Australia, U.S. Dependent on Coal For Power

posted by Jael Ever @ 18:07 PM
December 2, 2010

Part of the background struggle in Australia leading to the Prime Minister’s decision to levy financial charges against corporate air polluters are alert citizens urging their government to cut ties of dependency with the coal industry.  While the overwhelming majority of that country’s energy comes from coal, in truth, the United States is almost as dependent on coal for its energy, but the same urgency of citizen involvement is not operating here.

 The Union of Concerned Scientists points out that coal generates 54% of all electricity used in the United States.  Some 600 coal plants are scattered throughout the U.S., and each one burns about 1.4 million tons of coal each year.    Thus, in their report “Coal vs. Wind,” The Union reports: “Burning coal causes smog, soot, acid rain, global warming, and toxic air emissions.”  Moreover, they say that the waste generated from coal burning to generate power creates even more problems.  “Ash, sludge, toxic chemicals, and waste heat create more environmental problems.”    Not only does coal pollute the land, air and water, coal plants  use “billions of cooling water” to keep their plants running.

 With all of that pollution clouding the environment of this country, one must wonder why there isn’t the same citizen involvement here as in Australia.  The reason is, as J. Henry Fair, in this article “Coal Ash:  The Hidden Menace,” points out, “powerful interests are profiting from your ignorance of the facts and investing heavily in the continued lack of attention.”  In short, the issue is the failure of the media and government to show that the coal industry causes “numerous cases of populations being poisoned, with birth defects and cancers.” 
  
 Yet, the Environmental Protection Agency and other government officials continue to allow coal ash and air pollution to be designated as non-toxic.  Just as nuclear power plant operators have the problem of disposing of spent fuel, coal companies must discard coal ash somewhere.  Fair points out that since putting it in land fills and pits poisons ground water, the government has given the industry permission to use coal ash in “sheetrock, paint, carpet, ceiling tiles, concrete, landscape fill, fertilizer, etc.”

 However, unless American citizens get more involved in what is really a major health issue, unless the media and the government start telling the truth about the true dangers of this “non-toxic” pollution, the United States, like Australia, will experience more continuing land erosions, air pollution, and water insufficiencies and impurities from dependency on coal.   Bible prophecies continually point out that “where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29: 18).  But people must not hide from the vision, and government, industry and media must show them the true vision.  For without vision, the people perish!

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