June 15, 2008

30 days of coal

My husband told me about an episode of 30 Days he watched (online, for free) on hulu.com. You know, that awesome series from Morgan Spurlock? This episode was about coal mining. My husband said that it has completely motivated him to reduce our electricity as much as possible. You can watch it here and see for yourself.

Coal powers 50% of the electricity we use in the US. You might live far from a coal mine, but you are very connected to them. Mining coal is incredibly dangerous for the people who do it as well as bad for the environment. We don't have many alternatives in place, though.

Seeing what it takes to produce the coal which powers electric plants definitely makes me want to take a closer look at energy usage.

Thanks for the tip, Peter! I hope you had a happy Father's Day.

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