Suck this, old king coal

By Gareth Renowden 11/05/2011

Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal company, best known for mountain-top removal coal mining in the USA, has finally woken up to its social and environmental responsibilities, and is launching a new programme — Coal Caresâ„¢ — 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 Caresâ„¢ lets them inhale with pride.

It’s well worth digging around in the CoalCaresâ„¢ web site, for the considerable environmental and energy wisdom on display:

So-called ’solar energy,’ on the other hand, refers to the direct use of the violent fusion reactions occurring deep within our nearest star. As you might expect, this kind of ’solar energy’ naturally comes with a host of dangers that coal’s million-year buffering is designed to avoid. Some scientists refer to so-called ’solar energy’ as ’mainlining the sun’–and it doesn’t take an Einstein to see an overdose looming.

Or, on why it doesn’t make sense to install “scrubbers” to clean emissions from coal-burning power plants:

Locating the filtering mechanism at the point of consumption (i.e., your child’s mouth) is dramatically more cost-effective than locating it at the point of emission (smokestacks), and in turn means less need for intrusive and costly regulation.

Yes, it’s nice to see that the tide is finally turning…

[Or perhaps not…]