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“What comes out of the stack is, basically, a moist air”

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“Moist air” !? How stupid do they actually think people are?

No, unfortunately – I’m pretty sure this one isn’t satirical. I wonder how much mercury will end up in those fish?

If the embedded video player doesn’t work for you whatever reason, here’s the direct YouTube link.


Written by Luke Weston

May 1, 2008 at 4:30 pm

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  1. A couple of thoughts: One, they really do get almost all of the heavy metals out. It ends up as solid waste instead of gaseous waste, which the EPA allows coal plants to dispose of as industrial waste rather than hazardous waste because of good lobbying. Two, the improvements in coal plant exhaust quality have been enormous. Three, coal quality is rigorously controlled. Iowa (where at least part of that was filmed) actually has huge coal deposits, but its brown, high-sulfur coal, so there it sits. I lived by a power plant in Iowa. It was weird seeing coal seams sticking up out of the ground on the way to work, then seeing the Powder River basin coal being burnt at the plant. All that said, nuclear is cleaner and safer at every part of the process.


    May 1, 2008 at 10:17 pm

  2. Oh, I agree, there have been vast improvements, and there continue to be improvements. But “moist air” is an outright obscene claim.

    Luke Weston

    May 2, 2008 at 5:19 am

  3. It is true that what one SEES is only steam. That is most particulate and other nasties is invisble especially in a large steam plume.


    David Walters

    May 2, 2008 at 3:01 pm

  4. […] some propaganda. Thanks to Physical Insights for finding this. “Moist air” […]

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