Posts tagged coal
Posts tagged coal
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A monstrous coal fire power plant in Luxembourg
Source: Subversive Photography (flickr)
Santee Cooper had a long run in Conway at the Grainger electric plant. It provided many jobs, a boost to the local economy and reliable electricity. It also produced coal ash.
Now that the facility is being shut down, Santee Cooper has to come up with an acceptable way to deal with the coal ash left behind. The utility operator wants to create a vault to seal the ponds holding the debris. But that’s not the only option.
During this year’s May Day gathering at the Dome Home, whistle-blower Rob Mulford shared an excerpt from “Coal Fired”, an epic poem he wrote after a fellow employee was seriously injured in an accident at the Fairbanks Aurora Energy Coal Plant. He went public with claims that Aurora had repeatedly violated worker health and safety standards for the sake of increased production, and that the incident was not only preventable, but foreseen.
Rep. McKinley questions panel on coal ash Friday. (by RepDavidMcKinley)
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As I explained in my 1992 book on global warming:
In his 1954 essay “Man the Firemaker,” Loren Eiseley correlates human progress with the use of ever-more-potent fuels. First came firewood, which enabled humans to cook meats and thus increase food’s nutritive value. Then came charcoal. The Iron Age would have been meaningless without the hot charcoal fires over which metals become malleable. Mastery of glass, ceramics, and steel was a function of rising temperatures in kilns, forges and furnaces.
As Eiseley put it, “Man’s long adventure with knowledge has, to a very marked degree, been a climb up the heat ladder…. Today the flames grow hotter in the furnaces…. The creature that crept furred through the glitter of blue glacial nights lives surrounded by the hiss of steam, the roar of engines, and the bubbling of vats…. And he is himself a flame — a great, roaring, wasteful furnace devouring irreplaceable substances of the earth.”
Photo by Daniel Shea.
Cheshire, Ohio, 2009