"Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that builds up in the food chain at ever higher concentrations in predators such as large fish and humans. It is especially damaging to the developing nervous systems of fetuses and children, but can have severe effects on adults, as well. The pollutant enters the environment almost wholly as atmospheric emissions from industrial processes, primarily the burning of coal for electricity."
"The researchers found the highest mercury concentrations in fish from the coastal blackwater streams of the Southeast. Apparently the combination of pine forests and wooded wetlands found in these regions transforms mercury very effectively into its more toxic organic form (methylmercury). Mercury concentrations were also high in streams fed from areas with a history of mining."
So, what does the oh so "smart" Obama do, he gives money to King Coal that is also doing mountaintop removal and promoting global warming (which is real). He claims it's for clean coal, but King Coal has been claiming clean coal for over 100 years.
The smart thing to do would be publicly owned and operated solar, along with other truly clean alternatives.