On January 21, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. squared off with the CEO of Massey Energy, 4th largest coal company in the U.S., in a debate over mountaintop removal. Watch the Debate
Kennedy: “Don says we have to choose between environmental protection on the one hand and economic prosperity on the other. I say that’s a false choice, and 100% of the times, good environmental policy is identical good economic policy.” Blankenship:"You talk about it being a sin to do surface mining, the real sin is that the enviros want to focus us on1 part per million of iron or talk about windmills when tens of millions of people are starving to death.”
California uses plenty of coal-produced electricity, mostly from power plants in the Four Corners region. For info on the environmental impacts of coal mining and coal-fired power plants, visit the Waterkeeper Alliance's Clean Energy campaign and the Sierra Club's Coal Free California.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2007 /U.S. Newswire/ -- As the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) face pending deadlines on mercury reduction plans, a new study published today calculated that the U.S. loses $8.7 billion annually due to the impact of mercury on children's brain development. The peer-reviewed study by the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine's Center for Children's Health and the Environment was published today, February 28, online by the National Institutes of Health journal, Environmental Health Perspectives.
"Before they take their first breath, as many as 600,000 babies may suffer permanent brain damage from their mothers' exposure to mercury pollution," said Susan Marmagas, MPH, director of Physicians for Social Responsibility's Environment and Health Program. "The damage has personal consequences for these children, but now we see that it also has enormous implications for the national economy."