29 November 2005

Coal Kills.

Forget air pollution. Forget water contamination. Coal mining kills more than 5,000 people a year in China alone, and more elsewhere.

Anxious relatives demanded to be allowed into a coal mine today after an explosion killed at least 134 miners and left 15 others missing, adding to a soaring death toll in China's mines despite a safety crackdown.

The blast in the Dongfeng Coal Mine prompted national leaders to demand stricter enforcement of safety rules in China's mining industry, by far the world's deadliest, with more than 5,000 fatalities a year in fires, floods and other accidents.

If nuclear power were anywhere close to being as dangerous as coal mining, there wouldn't be a single nuclear power plant in the United States.


bluebizz said...
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Kyle said...

After reading this I can't help but repeat something I've been squaking about ad nauseum for years - when you include all the additional costs (such as government regulation and what society pays in health care for coal miners), coal isn't as cheap as it seems! There were even some civil engineers who published some data about five years ago showing that when you took these into account, wind really wasn't more expensive.

And I'm sure nuclear is just downright cheap...