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The Dirty Secrets Of Coal (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/25/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:15 PM ET

Coal is a dirty and dangerous business. It produces more than half of the energy in the U.S. because it is a cheap resource, but it comes at a high human and environmental cost. The coal industry is the single largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions -- and that's just the beginning. We're taking a look at some of the dirtiest secrets the coal industry doesn't want you to know.

America: Powered By Coal
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Coal is still deeply embedded in our energy culture because the supply is plentiful and cheap. It supplies more than half the electricity consumed by Americans. That means every time you switch on a light or charge your phone, it's likely thanks to the coal industry. And according to a New York Times report report, big coal isn't showing any signs of letting up-- Peabody Energy, the largest private coal company, is thriving domestically and abroad.
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