Sunday, January 06, 2008

so it was a case of the pot calling the kettle black

Or so it would seem, given that in my last post I denounced Greenpeace for talking rubbish when I didn't even bother to substantiate my own claims.

I was happy to stand corrected, so thanks to Alasdair for pointing out that I could have just done a quick Google search, and to Simon for coming up with these interesting links:

http://www.epa.gov/hg/about.htm

http://illinois.sierraclub.org/conservation/cleanair/pages/coal-burning/peabody.htm

http://energybusinessdaily.com/oil__gas/harmful-effects-of-burning-coal/

So, it would seem that Greenpeace were right. I can't even blame them for not substantiating their claim in the first place as it may have been the reporting media who are to blame for that. Sorry, folks.

The question of course does remain about whether the mercury from energy saving bulbs does more harm than that chucked out by coal power stations, but Alasdair rightly points out that any issue here could be overcome through recycling.

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