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2.6 Million Cubic Yards of Toxic Coal Ash Slurry Released in Tennessee Dike Burst

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by Matthew McDermott, New York, NY An environmental disaster of epic proportions just happened in Tennessee. Monday night 2.6 million cubic yards (the equivalent of 525.2 million gallons, 48 times more than the Exxon Valdez spill by volume) of coal ash sludge broke through a dike of a 40-acre holding pond at TVA’s Kingston coal-fired power plant covering 400 acres up to six feet deep, damaging 12 homes and wrecking a train. According to the EPA the cleanup will take at least several weeks, but could take years. Officials also…read more

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The Great Mumble: A New Generation Slouches Toward Nukes

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Observer.com: by Katharine Jose on December 23, 2008 It wasn’t all that long ago that supporting nuclear power as a Democrat in New York State was an easy way to lose an election. “In 1992 I was in a three-way race for the State Assembly,” said Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, whose opponents in that race were a high school math teacher in his fifties and a “self-described ’50’s housewife,” according to Cahill.  “We sat before the active Democrats of our community. And the question came up about nuclear power. And the…read more

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Destroying What the UAW Built

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Harold Meyerson, in the Washington Post: In 1949, a pamphlet was published that argued that the American auto industry should pursue a different direction. Titled “A Small Car Named Desire,” the pamphlet suggested that Detroit not put all its bets on bigness, that a substantial share of American consumers would welcome smaller cars that cost less and burned fuel more efficiently. The pamphlet’s author was the research department of the United Auto Workers. By the standards of the postwar UAW, there was nothing exceptional about “A Small Car Named Desire.”…read more

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Brett Favre Beats Lizard People

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(From: ThirtyFiveEight ) Yesterday, the Franken campaign challenged this ballot, claiming that “Brett Favre” was an identifying mark: The Canvassing Board rejected the challenge and awarded the vote to Coleman. Today, just moments ago, the infamous Lizard People ballot came up for the Canvassing Board’s review! This ballot was initially counted as a Franken vote. The Coleman campaign challenged the ballot, claiming “Lizard People” was an identifying mark. The Board voted to uphold the challenge, arguing that they couldn’t be certain that “Lizard People” wasn’t a real person’s name. So…read more

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