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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Coal Lobbyist's Shadow and Street Teen Tanka

No More Fairy Tales, IV
written in response to [the "most powerful] Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin"'s critique of President Joe Biden's "end-of-coal remark" [not a plan]:

this cold night
a total lunar eclipse ... 
toward the lamppost
the coal lobbyist's shadow
passing over a street teen

Note: For more about my poetic responses to the COP27, see "Special Feature: Poems Selected to Challenge these "Talks" at COP 27." 

FYI: Insider, Nov. 7: "Biden says coal plants will be replaced by cheaper solar and wind power."

These comments drew criticism not only from Republicans, but from [the "most powerful] Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin" of West Virginia [49th place for average family income and 46th for percentage of families in poverty]. The senator, whose state still generates roughly 90% of its electricity from coal, called the president's comments "outrageous and divorced from reality." 

"President Biden's comments are not only outrageous and divorced from reality, they ignore the severe economic pain the American people are feeling because of rising energy costs" 

Divorced from reality, Indeed! This is America, the second most polluting country in the world.

The former head of the Environmental Protection Agency was Andrew R. Wheeler, the most influential coal lobbyist (For more, see Public Citizen, July 12, 2018:The Coal Lobbyist Now Running the Environmental Protection Agency)