Those Dirty Nasty Steam Plumes

Don Surber writes:

The tax-exempt Environmental Integrity Project in Washington, D.C.,
issued its annual list of the 50 dirtiest power plants in America. This
is illustrated by a photo showing steam "” water vapor "” escaping from a
cooling tower. Sigh.

I made this same point long ago, laughing at the huge number of air pollution reports that are illustrated with pictures of steam plumes.  I also showed how photographers seemed to try to photograph the steam plumes at sunset, trying to turn them brown-looking to make it look like pollution.  Unfortunately for pollution-report illustrators, power plants have been cleaned up enough that they don't really emit visible smoke plumes any more.

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  • http://www.liftport.com/progress/wp Brian

    Unfortunately for pollution-report illustrators, power plants have been cleaned up enough that they don't really emit visible smoke plumes any more.

    After a course of instruction at school on the environment, my teen-age daughter was complaining about the gross pollution all around us. Like what, I asked. Like that, she replied, pointing out the window at the foundry.

    Indeed, Neenah Foundry pumps out a lot of stuff out of their stacks. And it's inside the city, next to a slough! Sadly for my daughter what comes out of their stacks is pure white steam. And the slough is lousy with ducks, geese, fox, deer ...