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Blogging on culture, politics, and the environment since 2008.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

What's wrong with this picture?

The horrific Santa Claus murders have gotten more play in the past week by far than an environmental disaster that destroyed a dozen homes--and a train!--and now threatens the water supply of millions.

The equivalent of forty-eight Exxon Valdezes broke up in Tennessee last Monday, when a dike holding back 400 acres of coal ash slurry failed, threatening water supplies with massive quantities of mecury, arsenic, lead, and a raft of other nasty poisons.

Somehow, it seemed that much more incongruous to learn in the New York Times just a few days later that coal is making a comeback for home heating.

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