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This article first appeared at Orion magazine under the title " The Discontent of Our Winter." You can enjoy future Orion articles by signing up to the magazine's free trial subscription program.
Sandra Steingraber is the author of "Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment" and "Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood." She is the founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking.