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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

map climate change emission cuts

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.”

OMG 1

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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Mercury found in high levels in deep Pacific Ocean fish implicates coal-burning power plants in Asia

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coal snark(The above is from a parody website)

But... but... coal is "clean"! And man-made environmental damage is a myth! And science is stupid! And fossil fuels are GREAT!

Oh wait:

I love sushi. I love it a lot. And now, between the newest Fukushima radiation leakage and the following story, I'm screwed. Did I mention that the Fukushima radioactive plume will hit the U.S. by early 2014?

Via the Los Angeles Times:

Mercury found in high levels in deep Pacific Ocean fish such as swordfish has a chemical fingerprint, and it implicates coal-burning power plants in Asia, according to a new study.

A research team from the universities of Hawaii and Michigan looked at mercury in the flesh of nine species common to the massive North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, the largest ecosystem on the planet, at 7 million square miles.

Four years ago, the team found that mercury levels in such fish as tuna increased with the depth of the fish’s habitat. This time, they set out to find out why, and what forces were at play. On the way, however, they found evidence implicating coal. The results were published online in Nature Geoscience.

And to my fellow sushi-lovers, take note:

Sunlight breaks down the kind of mercury that’s dangerous on the sushi platter: monomethylmercury, according to the study. That makes shallower species, such as yellowfin tuna and mahi mahi, a safer dining bet, Popp suggested.

Happy Monday, everyone!

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VIDEO: Utah coal company owned by Obama critic blames the president for 102 workers laid off

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Willard M. Romney lost the presidential election, so what's a coal company owner who supported him to do? Why, default to Blame Obama mode, that's what.

Does anyone remember President Obama doing anything to depress the coal industry? I remember him touting "clean coal" (there is no such thing) in his stump speeches. If that doesn't restrict coal production, nothing will.

Unfortunately, that so-called War on Coal doesn't exist:

As for Romney:

But the truth doesn't matter much to Obama critics.

Via KSL-TV:

EAST CARBON, Carbon County — A Utah coal company owned by a vocal critic of President Barack Obama has laid off 102 miners.

The layoffs at the West Ridge Mine are effective immediately, according to UtahAmerican Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corp. They were announced in a short statement made public Thursday, two days after Obama won re-election.

The layoffs are necessary because of the president's "war on coal," the statement said. The slogan is one used frequently during the election by Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who was an ardent supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Maybe the owner is like Mitt and likes to fire people.

If a company had done the same thing had Romney won, the GOP would be screaming at the top of their pollution-damaged lungs.

UPDATE: Applebee’s CEO Threatens To Fire Employees And Freeze Hiring Because Of Obamacare

Plus: Las Vegas business owner fires 22 ‘mostly Hispanic’ employees over Obama win

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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: Team Obama hits Mitt Romney over coal miners who were used as props in Romney ad

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(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Remember this? Coal miners: We were forced to attend Romney event, donate, & lost pay when he visited mine to promote coal jobs. Me too. You know who else does? :

Voiceover:

"Seen the coal miners in these ads? Turns out they were told that attendance at Mitt Romney's rally was 'mandatory'. Their mine was closed, lost the pay they needed—all to be props in Romney's commercial."

WWVA News Radio 1170, Host David Blomquist:

"Employees feel they were forced to go, they had to take the day off without pay. They took a roll call. And they had a list of who was there and who wasn't. And felt that they wouldn't have had a job if they did not attend."

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Coal miners: We were forced to attend Romney event, donate, & lost pay when he visited mine to promote coal jobs

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(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WWVA, broadcast Aug. 27, 2012, via Raw Story. David Blomquis interviewed Murray Energy Chief Financial Officer Rob Moore.

So you know that "war on coal" that Team Romney is accusing Team Obama of waging (Psst! Willard! There's no such thing as "clean coal," so maybe the president is actually fighting for the health and well-being of Americans)?

Why, here's Willard now!

If there's a war, it seems it wasn't Obama's doing since he certainly wasn't the one who provoked this reaction from coal miners, via Cleveland.com:

When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.

The Pepper Pike company that owns the Century Mine told workers that attending the Aug. 14 Romney event would be both mandatory and unpaid, a top company official said Monday morning in a West Virginia radio interview

A group of employees who feared they'd be fired if they didn't attend the campaign rally in Beallsville, Ohio, complained about it to WWVA radio station talk show host David Blomquist.

Raw Story:

Yes, we were in fact told that the Romney event was mandatory and would be without pay, that the hours spent there would need to be made up my non-salaried employees outside of regular working hours, with the only other option being to take a pay cut for the equivalent time,” the employees told Blomquist. “Yes, letters have gone around with lists of names of employees who have not attended or donated to political events.” [...]

We do not appreciate being intimidated into exchanging our time for nothing. I heard one of your callers saying that Murray employees are well aware of what they are getting into upon hire, or that they are informed that a percentage of their income will go to political donations. I can not speak for that caller, but this is news for me. We merely find out how things work by experience.” [...]

At the time, conservative blogs and websites like The Daily Caller, The Gateway Pundit and Townhall trumpeted the fact that “hundreds of Ohio coal miners attended” the event. Even though the mine was closed on Aug. 14, soot-covered miners were staged behind the GOP hopeful as he spoke.

No surprise there. Everything about the Romney campaign, including the candidate, is superficial and staged.

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VIDEO snarkage: Mmm MMM! Coal Energy Drink!

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H/t: @WindSector

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