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10/10/2012

Roanoke Times Talks About the True Cost of Coal -- in Coal Country

The Roanoke Times recently published a powerful op-ed taking a stand for clean air, clean water, and public health, highlighting “the terrible cost to our environment and our health” of coal-fired power.

We are all enemies of coal, not because we wish harm on families who depend on mining for their livelihoods, but because our expectations have changed. We still want cheap electricity. That part hasn't changed. But we also want streams and rivers free of mercury. We want a planet that will not be suffocated by greenhouse gases before our grandchildren become grandparents.

Read the full op-ed here.

A recent analysis prepared by Media Matters for America found that newspapers across six of the most hotly-contested Presidential swing states - including Virginia - often highlighted arguments used by Big Oil and Big Coal industry groups and omitted discussion of the benefits of public health safeguards and the popularity of clean energy. The Roanoke Times op-ed is particularly noteworthy as the paper is based in the heart of coal country, where industry groups have sought to politicize recent transitions away from coal-fired power.

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