“This disaster shows that the term ‘clean coal’ is an oxymoron. It’s akin to saying ‘safe cigarette.’ Clean coal doesn’t exist.”
The subhead quote is from Elliott Negin of the Union of Concerned Scientists a year ago on NBC:
Even the NYT editorialized at the time on the “Collapse of the Clean Coal Myth.”
Sadly, the Washington Post reports today that the dirty coal is still there, quoting one of the locals saying, “I don’t think they will ever get it cleaned up“:
An earth-and-ash dam holding back 1 billion gallons of waterlogged ash from a nearby power plant had failed, and the slurry flowed out to choke the Emery River and cover 85 acres of land.
One year later, most of the ash on the land is still there. And the problem of similar coal-ash ponds still sits on the long and fast-expanding to-do list of President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency.
Yes, Bush-Cheney and their polluter pals really trashed the whole damn place, America’s economy and the environment, expecting the rest of us to clean it up.
Words don’t do the spill justice, so here’s some raw footage of the spill zone via DesmogBlog:
Clean coal remains claptrap.
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