#1. Desmog Blog: Hilarious Coen Brothers New “Clean Coal” ad
It was tough, but Desmog Blog takes top honors for remaining open to humor while including in its coverage a hardcore and scientifically detailed top ten list of its own: 10 Harsh Realities of the US Coal Industry.
A typical-sized 500 megawatt coal-fired electricity plant in the United States puts out each year:
1. 3.7 million tons of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas, and is the leading cause of global warming. There are no regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S.
2. 10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide. Sulfur dioxide (SOx) is the main cause of acid rain, which damages forests, lakes and buildings.
3. 10,200 tons of nitrogen oxide. Nitrogen oxide (NOx) is a major cause of smog, and also a cause of acid rain.