America’s Worst Unknown Environmental Disaster

Three days before Christmas, a barrier broke and toxic sludge spilled across 300 acres in Roane County, Tennessee.  Now much of this land is under six feet of sludge. This Tennessee coal plant created, for the United States, the largest environmental disaster.

A forty-acre pond containing toxic coal ash has collapsed, spilling out millions of gallons of coal ash. Environmentalists say the spill is more than thirty times larger than the Exxon Valdez, but the story has received little national attention.

2.6 million cubic yards of coal ash spilled out of the retention pond, burying homes and roads.  The sludge has flowed into the Emory River, a tributary of the Tennessee River, which provides drinking water to millions of people downstream in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.

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GreenPeace Takes Issue With Kimberly-Clark

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A couple weeks ago, we released a video called “What’s inside your box of Kleenex?” Kimberly-Clark doesn’t have a policy for using recycled content in their consumer paper products, which include Kleenex as well as Scott, Cottonelle, and Viva. Even worse than not using recycled content, the company sources some of its wood pulp from virgin forest, including some of the last remaining ancient Boreal forests in North America. That’s the dirty secret about what’s inside every box of Kleenex: ancient forests.

Kimberly-Clark has launched a big marketing campaign to try and tell consumers that it “Feels good to feel” their tissues. But with virgin forest in every box, Kleenex comes with more than a feeling. So we made a video to get the word out:

And if you want to let Kimberly-Clark know that you won’t be using their products until they start using recycled content, please take action now!

It’s About Time: EPA Finds Global Warming Is Dangerous

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Even with all the evidence out there at our fingertips to find; there are still many people who do not believe.  This particular post is an example:

Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an illusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same environmental whacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the “research” to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims. Their friends in government steered huge research grants their way to keep the movement going.

I guess no amount of scientific data will ever be enough for some folks. Better late than never though, the EPA has admitted global warming is unsafe. Greenpeace has issued a press release about the change of heart at the EPA.

“EPA’s endangerment finding is a welcome sign that the Obama Administration is ready, willing and-more importantly-able to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act if Congress fails to act.

“But today’s announcement is also a testament to the success of industry in delaying real action to stop climate change. It took eleven states, ten years, two IPCC reports, two changes of presidency and one Supreme Court decision to reach the obvious conclusion that global warming endangers human health and welfare and EPA has a duty to do something about it.

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