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(CNN)   Useless biased CNN article of the day: why we burn coal.   ( divider line
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6552 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Jul 2002 at 10:11 PM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-07-28 10:13:59 PM  
Useless? Sure. Biased?
2002-07-28 10:14:19 PM  
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2002-07-28 10:14:47 PM  
The real answer: filthy hippie greens shiat themselves inside out whenever someone suggests building a nuke plant.

Just how do y'all figure you're gonna charge that wimpy 'lectric car o' yours?
2002-07-28 10:15:43 PM  
Solar power doctechnical! Breath in the good vibes, man!
2002-07-28 10:16:23 PM  
Schmacky: Yes, biased. Clearly biased toward the coal industry, those evil cocksucking, money-grubbing left-wing bastards! They'll be the end of us all! They're destryoing the American way as we speak! They want to eat your children and force you to buy imported canned goods!!!!

They must be stopped.
2002-07-28 10:17:27 PM  
We shall harness the limitless power of entropy.
2002-07-28 10:17:35 PM  
I see. Thank you.
2002-07-28 10:17:46 PM  
Let's stop buring coal right now, okay?

Hey, the lights went out. Where are you? You don't happen to have a nature friendly flashlight on you?

Hey, my computer stopped working? WTF?
2002-07-28 10:17:54 PM  
Some headline writer is a wittle gwumpy today.
2002-07-28 10:20:27 PM  
...and that's why I use batteries., wait a sec...

...whatever keeps the lights on.
2002-07-28 10:22:26 PM  
Solar power? I'm guessing you live where the sun shines on a regular basis. I don't - north east OH gets an incredible amount of cloud cover, that's one reason the military built the Revenna Arsenal where they did.

Bring on the nukes!
2002-07-28 10:22:49 PM  
What's this guy's point? Just whining and complaining and his solution is? Zero, no ideas or improvements. That's why Greens and eco-fanatics are held in such disfavor.
2002-07-28 10:23:08 PM  
Useless biased information

I was driving through Wyoming (home of Dicky Cheney) last year about this time, and saw several trains with nothing but coal in them. There were so many hopper cars per train that they disappeared over the horizon, or around a mountain many miles in the distance.
2002-07-28 10:23:33 PM  
"Aaaah.. I love the smell of coal dust in the morning!"

*turns head, and blows a noseful of dark gray snot in the direction of Iraq*

Take that, Saddam...
2002-07-28 10:23:46 PM  
Maybe we should burn kittens instead.
2002-07-28 10:25:47 PM  
"Much of the rest of the developed world, after all, is deeply committed to weaning itself off the rock."

Couldn't have said it better myself.
2002-07-28 10:26:36 PM  
We seriously gotta consider digging giant holes, building fission plants there and then covering them up with concrete. Fission's where it's at! (Maybe fusion when it's ready). I can't beleive somebody actually thinks that fission plants are more dangerous than coal ones.
2002-07-28 10:27:10 PM  
2002-07-28 10:27:59 PM  
I'd hit it.
2002-07-28 10:30:02 PM  
I hope that this isn't too big.
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2002-07-28 10:30:14 PM  
why? because we can.
2002-07-28 10:30:34 PM  
Kittens don't burn well. Try puppies.
2002-07-28 10:30:55 PM  
"I hope that this isn't too big."

Heh. I've never had to say that before.
2002-07-28 10:31:50 PM  
I'd hit it too.
2002-07-28 10:32:06 PM  
Time for some John Denver

"Oh, daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
down by the green river, where Paradise lay?
Well I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
Mr. Peabodys coal-train done hauled it away..."
2002-07-28 10:33:20 PM  
Tree huggers suck.
2002-07-28 10:35:50 PM  
well i been workin' in a coal mine
goin' down down
workin' in a coal mine
whew about to slip down
five o'clock in the mornin'
i'm up before the sun
when my work day is over
i'm too tired for havin' fun
lord i am so tired
how long can this go on
i been workin' goin' workin'
whew about to slip down
2002-07-28 10:38:34 PM  
"In fact, Americans are as dependent upon coal today as ever -- perhaps more so."

2002-07-28 10:38:38 PM  
We should convert all power production to nuke plants, then make fuel cell cars cheap. That would solve our oil dependancy and pollution. Nuke plants are safe, as long as you are careful with the waste. Too many hippies crap their pants when ever anyone mentions nuke plants at all. Its much less polluting then coal or oil.
2002-07-28 10:38:54 PM  
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Nothing cleans and deodorizes smegma better than coal soap. None of those foo-foo fragrances worksas well.

One Greyhound ticket to Madison Avenue, please...

2002-07-28 10:39:00 PM  
Boo Hoo! What a sappy article...

If they were not so freak'd out about nuke plants, we would not have this problem. Nuclear power plants are really the cheapest most environmental "freindly" source of power, releasing only hot water and steam into the environment. Yeah, there is that pesky nuclear waste but nothing is perfect.

It's not like anyone is running to turn off their A/C, Computer, TV, etc. and be happy with a solar panel and a bunch of wind generators in the backyard. Electric use is sky-rocketing with bigger houses (A/C cooling), multiple TVs, computers, lights, etc.
2002-07-28 10:40:35 PM  
Andonbray Only thing I'm wondering about that tree is the Baking powder and the sugar subsitute.
2002-07-28 10:41:59 PM  

While I would agree that nuclear plants are a good technical solution to the need for more and cleaner power, fission reactors are not profitable.

Every nation that has built them (with the possible exception of Japan) has done so to provide cover for development of nuclear weapons.

Fusion might offer a better solution, and all of the fusion plant designs on the board are not usefull as weapon systems.

2002-07-28 10:42:09 PM  
Not only do they want to hug trees, but they want to hug fifty thousand-year-old trees that have decomposed and turned to large carbon deposits!
2002-07-28 10:43:09 PM  
Coffeeislife, what about France? They don't seem that keen on wars (seriously) and have so many farking plants that they'd have a nuclear arsenal the size of the U.S.S.R's and America's combined!
2002-07-28 10:43:57 PM  
It may come as a surprise to many Americans that there are still coal miners sweating in the heat and darkness hundreds of feet underground.

It may come as a surprise to the article writer that he is predisposed to making dumb statements, too.

Hey, I'm all for nuke power. Bring it on.
2002-07-28 10:44:41 PM  
Bmb Wouldn't need more power plants if people wouldn't build things for looks alone. Things can be built for looks and effiecency. Japan and Europe are ahead in most of these fields because they don't have rich republicains runeing everything.
2002-07-28 10:46:23 PM  
Depends on the design of the nuke plant. Based on half a conversation I overheard from an engineer at work, American breeder reactors allow the water to come in contact with the atomic pile, which causes radioisotopes to leach into the water. Result: much, much more radioactive waste. Canadian CANDU reactors isolate the pile. However, this is the reactor where Pakistan got its plutonium from.
2002-07-28 10:46:31 PM  
Of course, America's romance with coal is deeply troubled.

Coal has been sleeping around and America found out.

What a boring article.
2002-07-28 10:47:15 PM  
BloodyL: France has the 4th largest nuclear arsenal in the world. (U.S., Russia, Britain, France. Not sure who's 5th, but I think it's China.)
Check on the history of French nuclear tests in the Pacific.
For a more recent history, look for a book on American aid to Britain during the Falklands war. The first thing we did was tell them where Argentina's nuclear bomb research labs were, and we also told the West German's to block a German corporation from building a nuclear power plant in Argentina because it was part of their bomb program.

I said that the Japanese might not use their reactors to cover a bomb program because the Japanese people are so VERY anti-nuclear, and their total lack of any other fuel makes the transport costs high enough for nuclear to become profitable.
2002-07-28 10:47:23 PM  
Not so useless you didn't post it...
2002-07-28 10:47:44 PM  
Bonobo, they want to eat your canned goods and force you to buy imported children!!!!
2002-07-28 10:47:58 PM  
Oops. Sorry for bold. Wasn't trying to shout.
I'm bad at html.
2002-07-28 10:48:12 PM  
I think this is a reason why some people want to burn americans
2002-07-28 10:48:19 PM  
Bring on the hydro power*!

* - only applicable if you live in an area where approximately 2% of the land is flat in the horizontal plane, and the rest is flat in the vertical plane.
2002-07-28 10:53:02 PM  
Yeah, nuke power.
Let's not look at the fact that many nations which rely on nuke power are trying like mad to get away from it.

"Clean. Nuclear Power(TM)" is a myth from yer fathers generation. People that believe it also tend to believe that toasting a slice of bread reduces its calories by about a third.

Treehuggers suck?
heh. Bring em on.
2002-07-28 10:57:51 PM  
I know about Nuklear Power.
2002-07-28 10:58:44 PM  
I know about Nuklear Power.
2002-07-28 10:58:56 PM  
Bondith, consider what you just said and you will realise it makes no sense. A vertical plane has an area of zero in the horizontal direction. i.e. if you are in a helicopter looking down at a perfectly straight cliff it actually covers zero land, its straight up and down.
2002-07-28 10:59:20 PM  
This article isn't USELESS. I'll use it to throw up if I eat something poisonous. It's a great emetic.
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