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Statement From Peabody Energy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Statement From Peabody Energy11:25 EDT Tuesday, May 10, 2011ST. LOUIS, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier today, an activist group released a "spoof" website claiming to be sponsored by Peabody Energy.  The site is in fact a hoax, making inaccurate claims about Peabody and coal.Peabody is proud to help hundreds of millions of people live longer and better through coal-fueled electricity.  A growing collection of studies demonstrate the correlation between electricity fueled by low-cost coal and improvement in health, longevity and quality of life.  The United Nations has linked life expectancy, educational attainment and income with per-capita electricity use, and the World Resources Institute found that for every 10-fold increase in per-capita energy use, individuals live 10 years longer. Government statistics show that in the United States, coal use has more than tripled in the past several decades while regulated emissions have declined 84 percent.  Peabody Energy is a global leader in clean coal solutions and is advancing more than a dozen clean coal projects around the world, leading to our ultimate goal of near-zero emissions from coal.  Find out more at PeabodyEnergy.com or CoalCanDoThat.com.CONTACT:  Meg Gallagher, +1-314-342-7963SOURCE Peabody Energy