eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new

Local

New Book Links Coal Burning With Disease And Death

(A coal-fired generating plant in Pennsylvania.  Credit: Spencer Platt/ Getty Images)

(A coal-fired generating plant in Pennsylvania. Credit: Spencer Platt/ Getty Images)

John Ostapkovich John Ostapkovich
John Ostapkovich brings humor and wit, and a wealth of experience...
Read More

CBS Philly (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSPhilly.com/ACA

Health News & Information: CBSPhilly.com/Health

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - America’s energy future is in play in the Presidential race and one of Pennsylvania’s leading products is at the center of it.

Pennsylvania has huge reserves of coal, much of it burned for electricity, and despite great progress in curtailing what the industry calls regulated pollutants, opponents see dire health effects.

Neurologist Alan Lockwood lays them out in The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health. Although he’d like to see it, the end of coal is not being debated.

“But you do hear the Democratic camp calling for a balanced menu of sources of energy as opposed to the Republicans, who are much more in favor of producing more coal energy,” says Dr. Lockwood.

A video from the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance says, go with what works:

“Unleashing coal’s potential will finally put us on a path to energy security.”

The industry says coal is worth more than $2 billion a year to Pennsylvania’s economy.

Top Content On CBSPhilly

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31,502 other followers