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    Lawrence

    Your diary stated as to coal utilization:

    It is dirty and causes thousands of deaths annually around the world.
    Are you saying that coal burning should be held solely responsible for those deaths?

    Coal plants don't kill anything.  

    Emissions from coal combustion that are associated with air pollution that cause deaths from air pollution exposures can be controlled with existing emission control technology.  After application of technology-based emission controls, emissions of PM 2.5, SO2 and NOX can be limited to a high degree.   SO2 and NOX contribute to PM 2.5 in their ultimate atmospheric fate and transport.

    Constantly saying that coal plants kill people instead of saying that it is PM 2.5 exposure that kills people is a form of scientific misconduct since it is an attempt to ascribe all of the health risk to a single source - coal plants - when PM 2.5 community exposures result from a very complex range of both local and long distant sources, many of which are not coal plants.   The scientific misconduct I'm talking about is erroneous judgment, analysis and finding on the matter of environmental health risk characterization and attribution.

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