You Are My Perfect Muse

by Lindy Li, Huffington Post, 8/4/2016

One evening you send me a picture of gorgeous serenity, a vignette of America’s heartland, a scene of unadulterated beauty. My sense of awe is tinged by unease, as I wonder how much longer our country could remain this perfect, peaceful, and pristine, given the reckless behavior of industry and individual alike… Just as I wonder how long you and I will last — forever or for a mere season?

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After The Sierra Club told me about a legal loophole that allows Brunner Island Power Station to pollute with impunity, I decided to drive there to see for myself. This massive facility near Harrisburg is the only coal-fired power plant in our state without the pollution controls that would protect vulnerable Southeastern Pennsylvanians from large quantities of nitrogen oxide (NOx). Americans in Philadelphia, Berks, Chester, Lebanon, and Montgomery Counties have suffered for years from the smog. Because of this loophole, sickly looking yellow smoke disgorges into the atmosphere, with no buffer between the contaminants and your lungs….

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