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Saturday, May 05, 2012


On the Coal Cares website you can find lots of reasons offered why we should use coal for energy rather than those pesky, more dangerous alternatives. Solar is a problem, for instance, because, well, people get sunburned from it. (Yes, that's what it says.) But this comment about the danger of wind turbines was mind-boggling.
Wind turbines can kill up to 70,000 birds per year, or 4.27 birds per turbine per year. Coal particulate pollution, on the other hand, kills fewer than 13,000 people per year.
"Just do the math," they seem to be saying. "It's much safer to kill 13,000 people a year than 70,000 birds." Birds, you see, are people, too ... right? Thanks, PETA. Good job on getting your message out. It's amazing how many will fall for it. (There are 30,528 "likes" from Facebook on this.)

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