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Reid: ‘Coal makes us sick!’

By Faiz Shakir  

"Reid: ‘Coal makes us sick!’"

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The Crypt reports that the video of an appearance by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on the Fox Business Network has gone viral on YouTube, attracting over 270,000 views and earning a spot on the site’s “most viewed” list. In the interview, Reid emphatically states, “Coal makes us sick.” Watch it:

Conservatives are “sending around the video as part of an effort to make Democrats appear out of touch on the need to produce more energy and drill more oil wells.” But of course, Reid is telling the obvious truth — coal is dirty. According to the American Lung Association, 24,000 people a year die prematurely because of pollution from coal-fired power plants. And every year 38,000 heart attacks, 12,000 hospital admissions and an additional 550,000 asthma attacks result from power plant pollution.

Update

Just yesterday, a Georgia judge ruled that a proposed coal-fired plant could not be built in the state unless its carbon dioxide emissions are limited.

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