Hey, kids! "Coal cares!" Now with free inhaler! (Yes, kidding)

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Added: And yes, this is a spoof site. And check this out: (h/t: NRDC, Natural Resources Defense Council)

ST. LOUIS, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Earlier today, an activist group released a "spoof" website claiming to be sponsored by Peabody Energy. The site is in fact a hoax, making inaccurate claims about Peabody and coal.

Peabody is proud to help hundreds of millions of people live longer and better through coal-fueled electricity. A growing collection of studies demonstrate the correlation between electricity fueled by low-cost coal and improvement in health, longevity and quality of life. The United Nations has linked life expectancy, educational attainment and income with per-capita electricity use, and the World Resources Institute found that for every 10-fold increase in per-capita energy use, individuals live 10 years longer.

Government statistics show that in the United States, coal use has more than tripled in the past several decades while regulated emissions have declined 84 percent. Peabody Energy is a global leader in clean coal solutions and is advancing more than a dozen clean coal projects around the world, leading to our ultimate goal of near-zero emissions from coal.

Find out more at PeabodyEnergy.com or CoalCanDoThat.com.

CONTACT: Meg Gallagher

SOURCE Peabody Energy

Psst! Meg! There is no such thing as clean coal.

Original post:

Hey chums! Searching for the perfect birthday gift for your little tyke? Need a practical Bar Mitzvah present? Live just a tad too close to a coal plant? Have trouble breathing? Dealing with that annoying wheeze and the inability to inhale and exhale? Breathing becoming a real drag?

Wowzers! That's no fun!

Turn that frown upside down, because Coal Cares lets you inhale with pride!

Why Free Inhalers? Because COAL CARES.

Coal Cares™ is a brand-new initiative from Peabody Energy, the world's largest private-sector coal company, to reach out to American youngsters with asthma and to help them keep their heads high in the face of those who would treat them with less than full dignity. For kids who have no choice but to use an inhaler, Coal Cares™ lets them inhale with pride.

Puff-Puff™ inhalers are available free to any family living within 200 miles of a coal plant, and each inhaler comes with a $10 coupon towards the cost of the asthma medication itself.

That's right, moms and dads, coal is the safest energy there is!

Black lung? Pfft!  Gasping for breath? Lapsing into panic mode? Turning blue?

You're in luck! Coal Cares has the answer! Free inhalers! Chase those pesky asthma blues away with your very own Miley Cyrus edition!

Better yet! Let "The Biebs" resuscitate you! Now that's hawt!

New to asphyxiation? Then My First Inhaler is for you!

And who the heck is this Peabody Energy anyway?

So breathe easy, kiddies, Coal Cares is on the way! Thank you, Peabody! You're the best!

H/t: Blondetwit

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  • Tele

    And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County

    Down by the Green River where Paradise lay

    Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking

    Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

    John Prine "Paradise' chorus

  • http://twitter.com/IamSauerkraut sauerkraut

    How dare clean coal complain! Give 'em a http://www.sadtrombone.com instead of the inhaler!

  • http://www.blondetwit.com/ Blondetwit

    Isn't it interesting, when it comes to the meme, it IS and it ISN'T...depending on who you're observing:-| ::Hence the whole can't tell the truth from the lies. No wonder we're doomed. May 21st can't get here soon enough.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    So true. When will that become the meme??

  • http://www.blondetwit.com/ Blondetwit

    HOAX? The only hoax is the term "CLEAN COAL".

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Ha, not only that, remember the Clean Coal Carolers ad? They practically
    spoofed themselves, and they were legit!

  • gustavmahler

    Yes, and we know coal companies would never pretend to do something they are not, right? Lighten up, this is hilarious. I really wanted a Trump inhaler.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    I guess you didn't see my updates : )

  • http://twitter.com/hotincleveland Truly S.

    Now that you know this is a hoax, you owe it to your readers to admit as much. It didn't pass the sniff test with me, and sure enough, turns out it's the work of an anti-coal activist group. Far be it from me to sympathize with Peabody Energy, but this stunt crossed the line by pretending they were doing something they weren't. They got lots of publicity for their cause, but not in a good way--essentially, they're coming off as liars and making the coal company look victimized. *sigh* Not a good idea.