"Burning coal and processing limestone to make cement emits mercury, which mixes with rain and becomes methylmercury, a neurotoxin that can impair the brain development of fetuses and young children. Other pollutants include sulfur dioxide, which causes coughing and wheezing, and carbon dioxide, the main cause of global warming." - At Brooksville cement plant, environmental and economic forces collide - St. Petersburg TimesAlternative fuels are discussed, but how many years will pass before the plant and US government agencies inform the public about impact of pollution on adults, children, and vulnerable populations like sick and elderly? Poor, elderly, and disadvantaged families are often the victims of diseases from pollution and fumes from nearby plants. Ash from coal plants are dumped in ponds and in toxic waste landfills. What are the plans for disposal, transportation, and pollutants from alternate fuel sources? The life cycle of the fuel source needs to be discussed and made public.Will demand on plant sources for fuel in poor countries outweigh demand for food? What will be full at the end of the day, your gas tank or your stomach?
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