When power plants burn coal to produce energy, the coal doesn't just vanish
into the atmosphere to cause global warming. No, there's a substantial
amount of left-over sludge called coal ash, a nasty mess that is enriched
for toxic heavy metals. It is seriously nasty stuff. This glop has to be
stored, somewhere, usually piled up and walled-off, because it's not healthy
Behold what happens when the containment walls fail.
This is happening right now, here in the United States. Yesterday, a
retaining wall failed, and 500 million gallons of coal ash - the vile grey
slime in the video - poured down into the tributaries of the Tennessee
River, the water supply for Chattannooga and environs.
We're looking at a major environmental catastrophe, bigger than any oil
spill, and most of the news media are silent about it. I checked CNN,
MS-NBC, even Fox News.not a word.
The local newspapers have a few articles, and the regional blogs are trying
to follow it, but otherwise, I guess we're going to pretend it didn't