The pollution caused by coal is serious business, as are the devastating affects coal pollution has on our health, our mountains, our air and water and our planet. But sometimes the claims made by coal boosters are truly absurd, and the Sierra Club has just launched a new series of videos spoofing industry attempts to dismiss the very real harm that coal pollution causes.
I may be dating myself here, but I grew up watching the PBS classics, and so one of my favorite videos in the series is the one featuring painter Bob Ross. He always made it look so easy to plant those happy little trees. In our new video, a coal executive does a voiceover for Bob Ross as he paints a mountain: "Now, you can see where we've blown the mountaintop, exposing the coal. Scrapey scrapey, good bye lakey! And all the rivers and creatures as well."
I hope you'll check out the full set of videos here, and then share them with your friends -- we launched these two videos this week, and we'll be releasing three more in the coming weeks. You can also "like" Mr. Coal on Facebook and follow him on Twitter for more of his crazy talk.
So help us spread the word. Enjoy these videos, and tell your friends -- coal will say anything!
This post originally appeared on the Sierra Club's Compass blog.
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