Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Should the GOP because of their attitude towards our environment be thrown on the ash heap of history?


One of the loony ideas that the Republican candidates have marched out to please their constituents and appeal to the US population’s desire for a quick fix for the job crisis is to allege that environmental restrictions lose jobs.

E.P.A. Draws Harsh Words From Most G.O.P. Candidates - WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is emerging as a favorite target of the Republican presidential candidates, who portray it as the very symbol of a heavy-handed regulatory agenda imposed by the Obama administration that they say is strangling the economy. (August 17, 2011) The New York Times

In the first place, that’s just not correct:

Why Republican attacks on environment laws are flawed | Environment | Republicans have been attacking environmental regulations, arguing that they hurt the economy and that the costs outweigh the benefits. But four decades of data show they are wrong. In recent months, some in Congress have been waging a whole-scale war against the Environmental Protection Agency. By now it has reached comical dimensions, with three separate bills aimed at preventing a so-called EPA "dust rule" that has never even existed. (November 15, 2011) The Guardian

In the second and most important case, this position by a major political party is depraved. I won’t use case of centuries of environmental abuse by industries that have used our waters as toilets, our forests as fuel, and our air as an exhaust outlet. And, when anyone, any group, fought to curb these environmental abuses the money and power of the corporations fought, and still do, tooth and nail to treat our environment as a magical resource spring and an infinite dumping ground. Just do your homework: New York State, which suffered as much industrial pollution as any region, became a leader in government taking over environmental protection to ‘…blunt the power of the market.”( The Nature of New York An Environmental History of the Empire State page 146).

What argument I would like to use against this Republican tactic to get elected by accusing the environmental regulatory bodies for ‘killing jobs’ is the disingenuousness of their argument—from the viewpoint of the studies on our environment not yet accomplished. In other words, there are a zillion accounts of industrial pollution that has affected most of the worlds, land, water, air, flora, and fauna, but there are probably even more studies that should be done to find out the full truth of what the manmade chemicals unleashed on our environment have wrought. This story hints at the more research we do on industrial contaminates in our environment, the more we find industry at fault.

More contaminants may be added to Great Lakes fish consumption advisories | Great Lakes Echo#bXpulseX Every Great Lakes state warns people about eating toxic fish but officials are examining the risks of contaminants that aren’t covered under current advisories. All eight states – Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania and New York – pool resources from their health, environmental and natural resource agencies to issue fish consumption advisories. The group is dubbed the Great Lakes Fish Consumption Advisory Consortium. Most state advisories spell out the risks of PCBs, mercury, dioxins and chlordane, which are contaminants found in some fish that can cause health problems.  (November 21, 2011) Great Lakes Echo - Environmental news across the basin

And of course, corporations will fight tooth and nail in the courts against anyone or any group that tries to link their abuse of our environment to their practices. Again, just do your homework.

This is the Big Lie, those corporations and now a major political party is trying to abuse us with now that jobs are dire and the moguls of these corporations are in the process of devouring the rest of our money. They say, if you take away the restraints of government to regulate our environment then corporations will police themselves and we’ll have a sustainable environment and acquire a zillion new jobs. This argument is so depraved and false as to be an insult to every American’s intelligence. The media, with a modicum of research, could fill their pages with abuse after abuse corporations have dumped on our environment.

That only unrestrained laissez-faire capitalism will save us and right our economy is a political tactic that should end the Republican Party as a viable party. It is so monstrously depraved and false as to be tossed into the ash heap of history as a political party bereft of any importance.

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