A Few Oil, Gas and Coal Fatal Accidents that the Union of Concerned Scientist is Not so Concerned about

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The Union of Concerned Scientists recently covered a 1988 nuclear power accident which caused no deaths.

There are plenty of fatal coal and oil and natural gas accidents that the Union of concerned scientists are unconcerned about.

There were 161 oil pipeline deaths and 576 injuries (from 2554 accidents in the US) 2000-2009. From 2001 to 2007, offshore oil drilling operations had 356 spills, 476 fires, 302 injuries and 41 worker fatalities.

Air pollution causes 50,000 premature deaths each year in the UK. Lives are shortened by an average of 9 years. The air pollution is from coal, oil and natural gas.

The scientific evidence linking air pollution to heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular death has “substantially strengthened,” and people, particularly those at high cardiovascular risk, should limit their exposure, according to an updated American Heart Association scientific statement.

The World Health Organization states that 2.4 million people die each year from causes directly attributable to air pollution, with 1.5 million of these deaths attributable to indoor air pollution. “Epidemiological studies suggest that more than 500,000 Americans die each year from cardiopulmonary disease linked to breathing fine particle air pollution. The World Health Organization has more details on air pollution here.

The 60 mile long multi-week traffic jam in China was caused by a surge of coal trucks.

US coal miner deaths are at 42 so far in 2010

China’s coal mine deaths were at 1261 from Jan 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010

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