Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Water Issue:

Don’t miss this series by the New York Times on the long series of violations of the Clean Water Act of 1972.  Environmental issues don’t tend to go away because people are too busy or uninterested.  Many people, rather than think about the decades of inadequate enforcement of the Clean Air Act (if they think such things at all), grab bottled water and be done with it. Case closed, hand me my TV remote.  What most interesting to me is not merely the pervasiveness of the violations of this law (‘cause that’s what corporations do), but how we react to this overwhelming environmental issue—clean water.  We are not reacting to the world-wide pollution of our fresh water well. 

In fact, we’re mostly dysfunctional on how we react to gloomy environmental reports altogether: We ignore them, make excuses, look for solution that don’t address the matter, blame others, attack the whistler blowers, deny that anything wrong is going on, or dismiss environmental problem as low on our priority list.  Somehow, despite all evidence to the contrary, we think that the more we ignore it, the more it will go away.  Of course, that’s nonsense.   

Toxic Waters - Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering - Series - This pattern is not limited to West Virginia. Almost four decades ago, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to force polluters to disclose the toxins they dump into waterways and to give regulators the power to fine or jail offenders. States have passed pollution statutes of their own. But in recent years, violations of the Clean Water Act have risen steadily across the nation, an extensive review of water pollution records by The New York Times found. (September 12, 09) Toxic Waters - Series - The New York Times

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