week 1 - Coal Energy Kills and Pollutes On average a coal...

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Coal Energy Kills and Pollutes On average a coal plant burns 1.4 million tons of coal each year. There are an estimated six- hundred coal plants in the United States. Coal is burned to create energy and provides over half of the United States energy to communities. Not only do coal plants create energy they also create ash, sludge, toxic chemicals, and waste heat create which contribute to environmental problems. An average coal-fired power plant draws about 2.2 billion gallons of water each year from nearby water bodies, such as lakes, rivers, or oceans, to create steam for turning its turbines. The drawing of this water there is an estimated 21 million fish eggs, fish larvae, and juvenile fish that possibly come along with it. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that up to 1.5 million adult fish a year risk becoming trapped against the intake structures causing death or injury. This effects the fish population and effects the life cycle of the ocean. A plant in southern New Jersey drops over a million tons of global warming pollution into the air
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This note was uploaded on 05/27/2011 for the course HUM/111 hum/111 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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