That agenda is not Barack Obama's, but it is important to
by Ziks511 - 5/22/12 8:34 PM
In Reply to: BO War on Coal by TONI H
a lot of people. Much air pollution in Toronto originates in northern Ohio, and is blown in. It is identifiable both by its composition, and by other monitoring stations on Lake Erie and north of Hamilton. Hamilton, Ontario used to be a source of pollution, but Stelco has closed down, it closed shortly after we got here. Toronto is a manufacturing and financial centre but has no heavy industry like steel plants or paper mills which are great polluters. I think the Long Branch generating station was switched over to being gas fired 20+ years ago.
The pollution from the Four Corners reaches a thousand miles through the US. It's the single largest coal fired generating station in the US, and farmers for a thousand miles down wind have been complaining for decades. Their farms are undervalued as a result of soil contamination, and livestock have more problems than outside the smoke plume area.
Sudbury, on top of Lake Huron, has a very tall stack which was designed with all sorts of scrubbers and anti pollution devices, but wasn't built that way, it was built with nothing to abate pollution from nickel refining, and it's pollution which had laid waste to the forests surrounding Sudbury is now destroying forests much farther away, all the way into Quebec. Images from space show a brown streak of trees a thousand miles long across Northern Ontario.
Asthmatics like me want coal gone, because it makes my life hard. It may have been the precipitating factor to my hospitalization for acute asthma in the 70's that ruined my PhD studies.
This isn't the 18th century when coal was the fossil fuel of choice, nor is it the 19th Century which was heated by Franklin stoves which could burn coal without killing any body with Carbon monoxide. It's the 21st Century. Stop standing in the way of progress.
Geez, even the Mickey Mouse Club TV program used to talk about "You, the leaders of the 21st Century."
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