08 Mar '12, 7am

How Many Americans Do Just 10 Coal Mines Kill? | Care2 Causes

How Many Americans Do Just 10 Coal Mines Kill? | Care2 Causes

Wyoming’s Powder River Basin is home to 10 of the nation’s largest coal mines. That coal is shipped across the country and then shoveled into some of our biggest, dirtiest power plants. Together, they generate 40% of the nation’s electricity—and the pollution that spews forth as the coal is burned kills thousands of people every year. To get an uncomfortably precise idea of where it’s having the most devastating impact, just look over this infographic from High Country News: (here’s the full-size version ) High Country News/Promo image Emissions from coal plants, especially those blasted from the creaky, half century-old giants that skirt regulations mandated by the Clean Air Act, cause asthma, respiratory illness, lung disease, and cancer. And remember, this graphic only demonstrates the impact of coal-fired emissions from one group of mines. And just look how dramaticall...

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