Obama Blames Coal Power Plants For Giving Kids Asthma

We must end the coal industry…for the children.

“The challenge with coal is that although it’s very cheap, it’s also dirty. And it can create the kinds of air pollution that not only is contributing to climate change but is also creating asthma for kids nearby,” Obama said in answer to a question about balancing deficit reduction with government spending on clean energy.

“You got asthma? Okay. And so sucking that stuff in is not ideal,” said Obama. “So what we’ve said is, let’s invest in clean coal technology that potentially can capture some of these particulates and some of the carbon dioxide that’s going into the atmosphere.”

Asthma, however, is not caused by coal, or the emissions from coal-fired power plants, as the president suggested. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) the true cause of asthma is unknown, although scientists believe it is caused by a confluence of genetic and environmental factors or early viral infections.

“The exact cause of asthma isn’t known. Researchers think some genetic and environmental factors interact to cause asthma, most often early in life,” the NIH states on its Web site.

“These factors include: An inherited tendency to develop allergies, called atopy (AT-o-pe); parents who have asthma; certain respiratory infections during childhood; contact with some airborne allergens or exposure to some viral infections in infancy or in early childhood when the immune system is developing,” states the NIH.

The NIH did say that respiratory irritants, such as air pollution, can trigger an asthma attack, but not that air pollution causes the disease. The NIH also noted that not all asthma sufferers are affected by the same triggers, meaning that, for some, air pollution may have no effect at all.

Well the environmentalists have never let mere trivia like science and reality get in the way of their hyperbole.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • SigFan

    Blah, blah, it’s for the children. Blah, blah, old people eating dog food. Blah, blah, Republicans want to take away your SS and medicare. Bleeahhhh!

    Same tired old talking points from the Liar-in-Chief, another day.

    • Neiman

      I am beginning to think you may not vote for Obama

      • SigFan

        Whatever would give you that idea? ;-)

      • JustRuss

        Does he have a conservative brother we don’t know about who was shunned by his father and never given marxist mentors because he was not the chosen one?

        Cuz I might vote for THAT Obama.

    • Spartacus

      Republicans want to take away your SS and medicare. Bleeahhhh!

      Democrats want to take away your electricity, oil, gasoline, food, savings, rights, etc., etc….keep your eye on the ball.

      • SigFan

        Oh, but that’s fine with all the sheeple – they have no problem groveling to the government for their ration of any of those things – along with whatever health care they can beg from the feds.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bike bubba

    One would have thought that the guy who lived for 20 years no more than 30 miles from Gary, IN, would have become aware of “scrubber” technology to reduce pollutant emissions from coal burning power plants and steel mills, but apparently not.

    In other words, burning coal is nowhere near as damaging to the lungs in terms of things like sulfur and particle emissions as is driving the diesel buses Dear Leader wants to make us use.

  • Jamermorrow

    Energy is expensive enough due to regulations and inflation. Can you imagine if the government forced us off coal? Horses would become extremely popular again along with wood burning stoves. Technological regression just like under communism.

  • awfulorv

    Cockroach poop is also thought to cause Asthma. And could we get a total count of payments to Asthma “Victims”, where they live, and their race? Thought not…

  • mikemc1970

    They don’t even try to change it up a bit, do they? You can sum all Liberal reaction to any industry with the folowing:

    Won’t somebody please think of the (insert group being used to scaremonger the public here)?!

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    So Obama is going to cut through the crap and get some nuclear power plants built for us?

    • Jamermorrow

      I wouldn’t bet on it.

  • DopeyDem

    Who needs coal and nuclear power? We have all these really neato electric cars. You just plug it in to that magic outlet in your house and a fairy comes by and recharges it overnight. I bet it’s the same one that leaves money under your pillow when you lose a tooth or your job.

  • Carol

    Parents who smoke give kids asthma! Did the One stop smoking or did he go underground with it?

    • robert108

      Good catch!

  • headward

    There’s more evidence that Obama and dems give Americans high blood pressure and headaches. Maybe they should be out of business.

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