Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Dirty, dirty coal

Once again, corporate dominance in government has given way to disaster. Because of power companies' insistence that fly ash, a residue from burned coal, is harmless, the EPA failed to declare a hazardous substance back in 2000. Fly ash, according to the United Mountain Defense, contains crystalline silica, which can cause:
  • Silicosis
  • Cancer
  • Scleroderma
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Kidney disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Renal disease

But now the biggest fly ash release in U.S. history has happened in Tennessee (though you wouldn't suspect it due to the lackluster response from the Tennessee Valley Authority), and the corporate media is giving it little-t0-no coverage. It should come as no surprise; General Electric, the owner of the NBC channels, has been one of the worst environmental criminals of recent years. Oh, and don't forget that CBS Corporation owns Westinghouse, another energy company. The media dare not bite the hand that feeds it.

Barack Obama has said that he supports using "clean coal" as an alternative energy source. However, this disaster has put the final nail in the coffin on "clean coal"--that is, there is no such thing.

Visit for more information on the fly ash spill.

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