25 May '11, 12am

In Chicago, coal is the real crime: by @phil_radford

In Chicago, coal is the real crime: by @phil_radford

Greenpeace activists climbed the smokestack at the Fisk coal plant. Photo: Greenpeace A sad fact of living in an American city like Chicago is that every time we open a newspaper or switch on the local news, we hear of some senseless, tragic crime that has claimed an innocent life. We become outraged, and we demand justice for those who have lost their children, their parents, their siblings or spouses. In 1982, Chicago acted to stem the tide of gun-related violence when confronted with a disturbing rise in homicides. In fact, between 1980 and 2006, some 32,300 Americans died every year due to handgun violence, which is second only to car crashes in deaths by injury. Ever since I got my start as an advocate for a healthy environment on Chicago's West Side, I have wondered why we fail to feel that same sense of outrage when the culprit in a crime against innocents is not a ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-05-24-in-chicago-coal-is-t...

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