Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Clean coal indeed. Now cows are getting cancer
Clean coal in Ohio
I remember back in my photography days traveling to tiny bergs such as Hell's Kitchen and no chef Ramsey wasn't even born yet. Driving up a narrow road in a town that had no post office or even one stop sign you could hear the roar of heavy equipment.
As I got to my appointment you could tell but not see that the coal company was digging just a few hundred yards away from the house on the other side of a hill. There was a bit of dust in the air but it was the constant noise that would have driven me nuts. Why is it that the poor always seem to take the brunt of our manufacturing processes? You buy I nice little piece of acrage on the outskirts of town hoping to have a good place to raise the rug rats and what was once farmland now becomes a strip mine. The poor slobs get hit in the head not once but several times. They fight the companies from coming and when the lose they fight the noise and pollution. And they lose. Then when the mess is left to poison them yet again they fight once more and lose. But the last fight, for their own life and health, they lose even if they win the case. Because no amount of money will ever replace your health when you're slowly dying.
So you stop to consider it. This was many miles from me, out of sight out of mind. It's the next guys problem. Let him deal with it until it happens to me. Nah that's not going to happen to me or could it?
Sad to think that over the past ten years our regulations on pollutants were either watered down or simply not enforced. I saw that first hand in my own industry. Now you can take responsibility for your own situation. I have air and water filters in my home, but you can only go so far in protecting yourself. Then it is up to our government to step in and correct things. I believe we are on that course, but from what was ignored in the recent past it will take time to correct things.