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U.S. Coal Industry Turns to "imaginary friends" for Help

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The lengths to which the coal companies will go in order to find someone, anyone willing to defend them apparently knows no bounds.

The U.S. coal industry is so deeply unpopular, it has now turned to its imaginary friends for help.

That’s according to a linguistic analysis of a recent petition opposing new regulation of toxic coal ash. The petition, which was sent to the White House by the coal industry last year, featured more than two thousand Chinese names. That raised the curiosity of the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). So the organization commissioned an analysis of the signatories.

EIP says the analysis shows that hundreds of the names are complete fakes...

Of course, given that these are the same folks who came up with the oxymoronic phrase "clean coal," we shouldn't be too surprised at this new level of deception.