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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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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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