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Wed Dec 21, 2011, 07:59 PM Dec 2011

The new EPA regulations and this persistent "cheap energy" meme... [View all]

Why do we, as liberals, not stand up to this "Obama equals the end of cheap energy" meme?

There is no such thing as cheap energy. There never was to begin with.

Traditional coal, even "clean" coal, is highly expensive in ways you don't see on your energy bill. We're talking mountains of proof that coal energy poisons our rivers with mercury, and that's even before you get to the store and see the additional proof in the form of mercury warnings - ALL of that is because of coal power plants!

There are more mountains of proof about the connection between coal power plants and health risks, not to mention the radioactivity of the coal itself once it's burned.

And, if you live in Tennessee, you no doubt recently bore direct and personal witness to the clean-ness of "clean coal".

Why aren't we bombarding the airwaves with this? We're going to let the Republicans convince America that we're abandoning cheap energy when it was never cheap to begin with. AGAIN. ARGH.

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