Posted in Coal, Global Warming, Toxics, tagged 1Sky, coal ash spill, coal waste, combustion waste, Congress, luke, maryland department of the environment, md, north potomac, nrdc, Obama administration, pete altman, Skywriter blog, switchboard blog, toxic ash, washington dc on March 10, 2009 |
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A ruptured pipeline has just spilled 4,000 gallons of toxic coal ash into the north Potomac River, reports Pete Altman at NRDC’s Switchboard blog:
The Maryland Department of the Environment just reported that a ruptured pipeline carrying wet coal ash has spilled 4,000 gallons of the toxic-laden stuff into the North Branch of the Potomac River, in Luke, MD.
I don’t know how long it’ll take for the spill to reach DC proper, but its a hell of a way to send a message about how much we need to regulate the handling of this stuff. All the more reason to thank the Obama Administration for announcing plans to propose federal regulations for coal waste.
Google Earth image of the North Branch of the Potomac and site of the spill
I hate to see this happen, but hopefully it will provide the kick in the pants Congress needs to regulate coal combustion waste. Please take this timely opportunity to visit 1Sky’s Skywriter blog and tell Congress to prevent the next coal waste disaster by passing a moratorium on new coal plants.
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Posted in Consumers, Efficiency, Global Warming, tagged ap, bush administration, dina cappiello, Energy Efficiency, green economy, green jobs, Obama administration, Public Citizen, solar, special advisor, texas energy future, Texas Impact, van jones, white house council on environmental quality, wind on March 10, 2009 |
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This just in from the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON – Author and activist Van Jones will be a special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation in the Obama administration.
Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a release Monday that Jones will start work next week to help direct the administration’s efforts to create jobs and help the environment. Sutley said Jones will work on “vulnerable communities.”
Jones founded Green for All, a national organization that promises environmentally friendly jobs to help lift people out of poverty. He wrote the New York Times best-seller “The Green Collar Economy.”
Anyone who heard Van Jones’ keynote address at our Texas Energy Future conference knows what fantastic news it is that this man now has the ear of the President and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. At the conference Van Jones gave an amazing speech to a packed house on the potential of the new green economy. For a taste of the kind of green jobs messaging the Obama Administration will hear from now on, check out this trailer — courtesy of Texas Impact.
For the full speech, check out the streaming google video after the jump. (more…)
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