Saturday, December 03, 2005
Stop whatever you are doing! Please don't let this new EPA proposal go by without comment! EPA Seeks to Cut Toxics Reporting — Move Endangers Public Health Analysis: Nearly 1,000 Communities Across U.S. Would Lose All Toxics Information -from NET.org >> The National Environmental Trust (please check this site and read it thoroughly)
In all the years I have been following the Bush Administration's catering to business at the expense of our environment, this story is one of the most chilling I have yet come across. This is a time when ordinary people should take a moment and let the EPA that we need more environmental information about toxic reporting, not less.
Scientists, our government, environmental organizations, and neighbors to industry, have no ability to mitigate the effects of environmental pollution if industry's are given a break on reporting what toxics they are releasing. We have the right to know what toxic chemicals and in what quantity are entering our environment. You have until January 13, 2006 to make comment.
One of the things that really irks me about our present-day environmental problems is that the public, our government, and even scientists We Don't Get It! the critical time we are in our environmental history. Most people think that we have to balance political and economic considerations with a healthy environment, that there has to be a compromise with Nature so that we can have the lifestyle we want--fast polluting cars, sprawling out cities, less than toxic free land, air, and water. But that is absurd. Carl Sagan said it best: "Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet."
Before the Reagan Administration, we did not have political party disputes over the importance of environmental matters. Now a large part of our population somehow thinks that our environment has to take a back seat to our desires for a upwardly mobile way of life. It's the kind of wrong-headed thinking that is going to jeopardize our existence.
There's no arguing this point: Nature rules. Ignore the warnings like the studies done on the inadequacies of for the preparation of New Orleans for a Force Five Hurricane and thousands die. The recent attempts by our government to strip the Endanger Species Act or water down the Clean Air Act are bad. Really bad, because these laws (some passed by conservative Republican administrations) have been very successful laws that have help keep our environment from getting worse.
But, keeping critical information from the public, information we need to monitor the toxic pollutants in our environment is a fundamentally different threat to our existence to sustain our lives. Blinding ourselves to what we are releasing into the environment won't make the effect go away. You must let the EPA know that we need more, even independent, objective, and continual information about our environment if we are to monitor our environment adequately. Don't sit this one out!