Joe talks about Coal Trains through Oregon

program date: 
Tue, 08/21/2012

 Hosted by Joe Uris.  Abe Proctor is on Vacation.

Today's topic is the Coal Industry, and their plans to chop down Mountains in Appalacia and ship them through the Columbia Gorge, to China for incineration.  This is a Bad Idea for many reasons.  The trains leak significant amounts of Coal Dust, which degrades our health and environment.  Burning Coal in China increases the Air Pollution right here, in the United States, for we live on a Globe, a closed system.  Chopping down Mountains and throwing the rubble and waste into Streams is very destructive. 

The United States has degraded itself from a First World Nation of Innovation and Manufacturing, to a Third World Source of Raw Materials for the Rest of the Developing Nations.

Have you ever seen what a Coal Train looks and sounds like when rolling by?  At 2:00 into this video, you can get an idea of how much coal dust blows out of these things...

Listeners recommended the following Web Sites for related reading:

Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

Power Past Coal

 

 

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