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Tonight’s musical selection is James Blake, featuring Chance the Rapper, in a new single titled “Life Round Here.”

The Koch Brothers, after the media called them out for dumping petcoke in Detroit, are now doing it in Chicago too. Will we ever kick these bastards out of power? From Climate Progress:

Petroleum coke, a byproduct of tar sands refining, is building up along Chicago’s Calumet River and alarming residents,reported Midwest Energy News.

Petroleum coke is a high-carbon, high-sulfur byproduct of Canadian tar sands that are shipped from Alberta to the U.S. to be refined and is rapidly becoming a cause for concern in Chicago. “It’s growing by leaps and bounds,” Southeast Environmental Task Force member Tom Shepherd, told Midwest Energy News. “It’s coming at a breathtaking rate.”

The pet coke is owned by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch whose operations drew similar outrage from residents and elected officials in Detroit earlier this year. In July, a large black cloud of pet coke dust was spotted over the Detroit River and caught on camera by residents across the border in Windsor. Members of the communities in close proximity to the piles were complaining of respiratory problems as the thick, black dust was blowing off the piles and into their apartments.

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