Back in the 1970s and 1980s, advocates of "waste to energy" were riding high, trying to cash in on the dual fears of energy shortages and landfill shortages. But spontaneous protests from citizens, environmentalists, small businesses and progressive officials defeated 300 planned garbage incinerators in every part of the country. No incinerator has been built in the US since 1995. One new mass burn plant is under construction in Palm Beach, FL. A gasification facility proposed for Orange County, NY, has a federal loan guarantee, but is still seeking long-term commitments for waste. A growing number of groups have emerged to nip the reemergence of garbage incineration in the bud. The next time a developer rides into town selling garbage incineration and starts spinning tall tales, be armed with the facts and share them with your local officials and business community.