All coal, including “clean” coal increases the rates of diseases around the world. Just United States along burns approximately 20 pounds of coal for every person every single day - that equivalent to billion tons of coal every year
According to the American Lung Association the pollution that comes from coal fired power plants and pollution causes 24,000 to die prematurely, 38,000 heart attacks and 550,000 asthma attacks.
The coal industry claims that coal mining produces jobs and helps communities grow because of the jobs that are created. When in reality coal mining employment has been gradually declining for decades as a result of an increased use of machinery rather than manpower.
Burning all coal, including “clean” coal produces Mercury, while coal-fired power plants is the largest cause of human generated mercury.
Burning all coal, including “clean” coal generates fuel for Global Warming. Just the United States produces approximately 25 % of global carbon dioxide emissions as a result of burning fossil fuels.
Burning coal contributes to about 40% of U.S. CO2 emissions.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) - between the years 1992 and 2002, approximately 12,000 coal miners died as a result of black lung disease.
All coal, including “clean” coal increased the amount of water that is wasted: A total of 70 to 260 million gallons of water is wasted everyday for coal mining.
The Department of Energy is seeking approximately $648 million for “clean coal” and the United States government continues to fund coal related projects despite the impact coal has on society, the climate, communities and the economy.