ENVIRONMENT
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Donald McGraw, GOP Medical Witness, Says He'd Eat Coal Ash For Breakfast (VIDEO)

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee held a hearing last month on the public health impacts of coal combustion waste disposal, dealing in particular with the massive Tennessee coal ash spill that covered an entire community with high levels of arsenic over a year ago.

Enter Donald McGraw, M.D., the GOP's expert witness at the hearing, who argues that eating arsenic is not exactly harmful.

"We eat it everyday in our foodstuffs, we drink it in our water," McGraw said. "That's not to say that it's not potentially toxic, but so are a wide variety of other materials."

In fact, McGraw's only problem with putting coal ash on his cereal is how it would taste, not the potential health risks. REALLY?
WATCH McGraw's comments at the hearing:

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