Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pollution-oution what's the Solution?

Drill Baby Drill...
Is the Right Wing attack on Climate Change also an attack on Pollution laws and enforcement?

Most on the Right are utterly convinced that Global Climate Change is some kind of fraud or hoax. I have my doubts about man-made Climate Change but they are always tempered by the knowledge that those who vehemently deny Climate Change also just as vehemently deny Evolution. There is something in the conservative brain which makes them utterly convinced of their positions, doubtless and so stubborn that no amount of evidence is ever enough to change their views. Indeed to a conservative changing one's views and having an mind open to new ideas is anathema. Conservatives prefer slavery and idiocy to new thoughts. Indeed most Conservatives and Republicans think Slavery is a wonderful idea.

But, while the mass of conservatives lap up Sean Hannity's nightly garbage they are also sucking down filthy water, air and food because under the catastrophic Bush/Cheney regime the EPA was bridled, enforcement of pollution laws was curtailed or ignored and Companies felt free to rampantly violate all pollution standards in pursuit of a few extra dollars.
BP acknowledged that for the last six years its Whiting refinery violated federal pollution limits on benzene, a highly toxic chemical linked to leukemia and other health problems.

BP reported that it had processed too much benzene at the refinery's sewage treatment plant, about 15 miles southeast of Chicago.

Last year alone, the company processed more than 95 tons of benzene waste -- about 16 times the amount allowed. BP also violated the 6-ton limit from 2003 to 2007.
Whiting Refinery was cited who violations of U.S. and Indiana EPA regulations in October 2008,
Federal regulators say BP PLC violated the Clean Air Act by beginning to make modifications at its Indiana oil refinery along Lake Michigan to process Canadian crude without the proper permit.

The EPA said in November the modifications caused "significant increases" in sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, particulate matter and carbon monoxide emitted from the refinery.
Near Charleston West Virginia American families no longer have clean water to drink because the Bush Administration gleefully allowed Coal Companies to violate EPA standards and pollute the water table so badly that families are drinking a toxic sludge which is eating away at their bodies:
Jennifer Hall-Massey knows not to drink the tap water in her home near Charleston, W.Va.

In fact, her entire family tries to avoid any contact with the water. Her youngest son has scabs on his arms, legs and chest where the bathwater — polluted with lead, nickel and other heavy metals — caused painful rashes. Many of his brother’s teeth were capped to replace enamel that was eaten away.

Neighbors apply special lotions after showering because their skin burns. Tests show that their tap water contains arsenic, barium, lead, manganese and other chemicals at concentrations federal regulators say could contribute to cancer and damage the kidneys and nervous system.

In the last five years alone, chemical factories, manufacturing plants and other workplaces have violated water pollution laws more than half a million times.
But conservatives don't care. Republicans and Conservatives love when Americans die, the sound of Americans suffering is music to the Republican ear.

And when Americans voice their sorrows or concerns Conservatives like Beck, R. Limbaugh, M. Malkin and Laura Ingraham make fun of their suffering or the Right trots out horse mouthed (or is that jack-ass mouthed) Michelle Bachmann with her odd body language, excessive blinking, frozen faced smile, vacant wide-eyed stare and stilted speech patterns punctuated with strange arm and hand gesticulations to declare the planet was saved already!

Other people Suffering is a Conservative Value. Republicans and Conservatives want you to die so they can make money.

Here is EPA Interactive Enforcement and Violation Database for reference.

Companies keep 17,000 potentially harmful chemicals secret in order to maximize profits [Washington Post]
The law exempts from public disclosure any information that could harm their bottom line. The Obama Administration objects but Republicans love the law because it kills Americans whom Republicans hate and want to die.


Chris said...

It turns out that the scientist faked much of the data and somehow the Democrats blame the Republicans. What a world they live in. I think meds would help most of their delutions. But I'm no doctor.

Grung_e_Gene said...

Chris first off, I'm probably going to eliminate your second comment. It's too long and smacks of cut-and-paste from a climate denying website.

Second, name the scientists who are engaged in faking data. The Fox led charge of scientists faking data is a nice easy chareg they gin up to allow people such as yourself the easy way out of 'that scientist faked the data' because Fox talkers and backers know you won't investigate any further and because you are conservative once you've made up your mind no amount of evidence will ever change it and most likely you will attack anyone for presenting contradictory claims.

Grung_e_Gene said...

Chris, if you have a post on your site Bonsai From the Right highlighting the wrongs about Climate Change that you would like to link to in the comments please do.

And please prostrate and flagellate yourself in front of Our Lady of Iquitarod Sarah Mooselini Palin for your insult to mentally disabled or challenged people with your "meds" and "delusions" comment.

Jolly Roger said...

Obviously, Chris has been drinking and bathing in some of that West Virginia tap water.

Life As I Know It Now said...

Excellent post and all too true unfortunately. This is why our children are suffering from allergies, learning disabilities, premature sexual maturation, and more and more of them way overweight as well as declining health as they age. I care about the future generations, unlike some of these wingnuts around here who claim to be prolife. All they are is prostupid and support the rich people no matter what. It's all out class warfare and we aren't winning.

Anonymous said...

And please prostrate and flagellate yourself in front of Our Lady of Iquitarod Sarah Mooselini Palin for your insult to mentally disabled or challenged people with your "meds" and "delusions" comment.

I like your style, G-e-G. :)

Green Eagle said...

"Is the Right Wing attack on Climate Change also an attack on Pollution laws and enforcement?"

Of course it is. It is part of the perpetual Republican attack on anything that stands in the way of corporate profits. That's what they exist for.