Early in the morning after the House of Representatives killed coal slurry pipelines, bought a copy of The Washington Post at its then-building on 15th Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. I rode the subway home in triumph, silently reading the article.
In contrast to the thorough July 18, 1978 article by our friend, Ward Sinclair, the story by the Post's Congressional correspondent typified the genre of pro-corporate flummery, dupery and nincompoopery, even referring to coal pipeliners as "a victim of railroad clout and environmental fears." The bill was killed then and killed forever. I'm proud of the efforts of environmentalists, farmers, ranchers and Eastern coal miners, along with my college roommate, Ed McElwain, Crossroads Magazine and me. Pipeliners spread phony rumors that I was "a paid agent of the Burlington Northern Railroad." All I did was gather the facts and report the news, and no special interest so much as bought me a cup of coffee.
Here's the article that ran in the Washington Post 44 years ago this morning: