The environmental group Sierra Club has long fought against pollution from power plants, but in its latest battle against coal, the group is using misguided rhetoric in an effort to link human exposure from power plant pollutants to tuna. In a new alarmist article to its supporters, Sierra club claims tuna-sandwich-eaters throughout the country are now being poisoned by coal plants, going so far as to note that “one-seventieth of a teaspoon [of mercury] can pollute a 20-acre lake to the point where its fish are unsafe.”
No one likes being duped. But that’s how it feels to read the posts on the blog, Mom’s Clean Air Force. The site appears to be a place where mothers share their experiences more or less spontaneously. One such item caught our attention today because its headline was so alarming, “My Toddler’s Mercury Poisoning From Tuna.”
It’s no secret that these days that news organizations, especially on line operations, are hungry for content and inexpensive ways to develop it. MSNBC.com appears to be harnessing the power of the ever under-paid and often under-prepared student journalist to bulk up its offerings.