Coal Plant Mishap Leaks Airborne Pollutants

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While reports are still coming in, conservative estimates are placing the dead at 35. The environmental disaster, occurring yesterday, was the result of the worlds coal plants leaking pollution into the atmosphere. In the growing scandal, there is some evidence to suggest that similar mishaps may have occurred more than previously thought.

David Bars, an industry critic, has postulated that pollutant leaks might actually occur every single day. This would, by The Huffington Post’s calculations, result in around 13000 deaths a year. Such numbers do seem unbelievably high so we at The Lapine will confine ourselves to grieving for the verified 35 disaster victims who died today of coal airborne pollutants.

Among the relatives and nondead victims of this disaster, there has been a growing clamor for political action. However before political debate on preventing such a disaster from reoccurring can be discussed, the far greater threat of NUCLEAR energy must be confronted. Not to sensationalize the issue, but yes, this is the same nuclear that city destroying bombs are made of.

In an utterly unprecedented event in the history of modern nuclear power plants, an earthquake damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in 2011. The Japanese government had ignored various scientific reports warning that this specific nuclear power plant was vulnerable to a earthquakes.  When the most powerful earthquake in the history of Japan occurred just off the coast from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a crisis ensued. In the ensuing disaster, six workers were exposed to dangerous radiation that may have long-term health effects. The fallout from this unprecedented crisis, and its intolerable human cost, have reverberated around the world.

Germany declared that they would shut down all its nuclear power plants by 2022 while anti nuclear sentiment swept through Europe and the world permanently remolding the great energy debates of the modern era. Meanwhile, in the short term, this has led to a revival of coal power and coal power plants. The Lapine can only hope that this industry experiences no more leaking mishaps in its otherwise unblemished record.

Carl Welsenrey

Reporting For The Lapine


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