One of my greatest fears is that the massive environmental problems this country faces — climate change being only the most serious of them — are completely beyond the capacity of our political system to solve. There are tiny ecological Hiroshimas all over the country waiting to go off — from lagoons of pig feces to leaky superannuated nuclear waste dumps.
None of these problems are going to get better. They’re all going to get worse, and all the money seems to be on the side of people who profit from the problems and, even if one of them pops on the national radar, there comes inevitably a lavishly funded attack on the science that’s telling us what we all need to know. I honestly don’t see a way out here. You can’t compromise with chemistry. There’s no “bipartisan” solution, no difference to split. Poison has no ideology.
Though, there is a bit of very good news for the Great Lakes. After years of battling environmental groups, a large ship called the S.S. Badger will no longer dump coal ash into Lake Michigan.
Coal ash is the leftovers from burning coal in power plants. Sounds harmless, but coal ash is extremely toxic. It contains powerful poisons namely mercury. Mercury bad.
For years, the S.S. Badger was allowed to dump up to 4 tons of ash into the lake every day(!). The ship will stop. For now…