220,000 Pounds of Sulfuric Acid Released
Early this morning, I happened upon two good reasons to elect a progressive President in 2008. Taken together, these two reasons might be said to represent the poisonous secrecy of the right wing radicals who currently control the Executive Branch of the U.S. federal government.
First, I found on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Envirofacts Data Warehouse that the Dunkirk Steam Generating Station in Dunkirk, New York released 220,000 pounds of sulfuric acid into the air during 2004. Close your eyes for a moment and try to imagine what 220,000 pounds of sulfuric acid might look like, and what it might do, if it were gathered into one place at the same time.
The Dunkirk Steam Generating Station is emitting so much sulfuric acid because there’s a huge demand for electricity. That demand is not being met by cleaner sources of energy because right wing politicians have spent more than an entire generation arguing against the legislation and the funding America needs to develop a cleaner and more efficient energy infrastructure. While progressives have been pushing for clean energy, the right wing has been spending its time working for the rights of big polluters.
Are you finding yourself curious to know what the more recent releases of sulfuric acid from the Dunkirk Steam Generating Station have been? I was curious too. After all, it’s been a while since 2004 now. I would like to know whether the sulfuric acid pollution from the Dunkirk Steam Generating Station gotten better or worse since that time.
Alas, 2004 is the last year that the EPA’s Envirofacts Data Warehouse reports the details of the pollution coming from the Dunkirk Steam Generating Station. After that, the Envirofacts Data Warehouse goes silent. You just have to guess who kind of foul substances have been coming out of that power plant, and to hold on to hope that the pollution isn’t killing too many people.
Right wing radicals have been working to make withhold information like this from the public. Progressives, on the other hand, are pushing to restore government openness and accountability.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds of sulfuric acid from just one power plant in one year. Government secrecy to cover up the release of such vile substances. That’s the right wing way we’ve been living under for years. Wouldn’t you rather have the progressive alternative?
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