Jul 28, 2008 · Coal and Air Pollution. Air pollution from coalfired power plants is linked with asthma, cancer, heart and lung ailments, neurological problems, acid rain, global warming, and other severe environmental and public health impacts. Coal has long been a reliable source of US energy, but it comes with tremendous costs because it is incredibly dirty.
Coal miners literally move mountains to feed our insatiable appetite for cheap energy. There's something brutally simple about coal mining. Take away the monstrous new machinery and ecofriendly marketing jargon and it's the same dirty, dangerous job it's always been: find the black stuff and dig it up. The two major schools of coal mining [.]