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Hey climate change deniers: State emission cuts have NOT brought economic ruin.

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another talking point bites the dust

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Climate deniers-- hey you, over there on the right, I'm talkin' to you-- wail and moan about regulating carbon emissions because, tyranny!!!! and Armageddon!!!! and economic disaster!!!! That sound you hear is the coal industry shaking cash from their enormous wallets to buy their way out of cleaner air and water standards. Because, tyranny!!!! and Armageddon!!!! and economic disaster!!!!

Well, they're wrong. And there is proof that cutting emissions will not bring economic ruin to America. Sweartogod.

Via the New York Times:

The cries of protest have been fierce, warning that President Obama’s plan to cut greenhouse gases from power plants will bring soaring electricity bills and even plunge the nation into blackouts. By the time the administration is finished, one prominent critic said, “millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark.”

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That sounds positively terrifying! Oh em gee! We will become a nation of freeze-dried citizens! All in the ironic name of saving lives!

Just a sec... hold that thought. I'm hearing through my imaginary news anchor earpiece that at least 10 states have already achieved emission cuts by the amount the president has fecklessly Kenyan-dictated-- some in excess of that-- and more states will make similar progress before the deadline of 2030.

Don't those tree-hugging, green-tinged fools realize their Kenyan-dictated, feckless, reckless actions will bring economic ruin?!

[T]heir strides so far have not brought economic ruin. In New England, a region that has made some of the biggest cuts in emissions, residential electricity bills fell 7 percent from 2005 to 2012, adjusted for inflation. And economic growth in the region ran slightly ahead of the national average.

Oh.

Via onamatopoeia.wordpress.com

Yet another Republican talking point bites the dust. Imagine that. Quel surprise.

Over in Europe, they're headed toward a 43 percent emission cut from power plants and "other energy-intensive industries" by the same year. That makes our measly 30% cuts look pretty... feckless.

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2003 VIDEO: Coal Miner's Fodder. Romnesia again, Mitt?

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Wowee! Willard M. Romney has a brand new ad out in Pennsylvania!

But oops, David Corn found a little something that Mitt forgot to include:

Romney releases new ad blasting Obama for being anti-coal. But it left out this footage...

— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) October 30, 2012

So please, allow me:

on May 20, 2011:

2/6/03: Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney attacks the Salem coal plant for killing people, saying it would be cleaned up by 2004. That has not happened. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/05/20/168188/romney-coal-jobs/

Details schmetails.

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VIDEO snarkage: Mmm MMM! Coal Energy Drink!

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H/t: @WindSector

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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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