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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-05 09:08 PM
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Texas Lawmakers vote against air pollution limits
Texas Lawmakers vote against air pollution limits

05:43 PM CST on Monday, December 26, 2005
Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- A majority of Houston-area lawmakers voted against legislation to improve screening for toxic air pollution, require companies to continuously monitor emissions and set fines for periodic releases, according to an analysis by the Houston Chronicle.

Twenty of the 34 area House representatives voted to table five amendments that included the pollution measures, the newspaper reported Monday. Those who voted against the measures were Republicans, and some represent industrial areas.

The party line votes -- which are not uncommon -- came during a session in which lawmakers received evidence that toxic pollution was a problem and Houston residents were concerned about it, according to the Chronicle.

Majority of Houston-area lawmakers voted against pollution legislation for Houston.
In January, the state released data showing some communities had chemical levels that could increase cancer risks. In May, the 2005 Houston Area Survey showed nearly half of the residents who responded considered local pollution control poor, the newspaper reported.
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http://www.khou.com/news/local/houstonmetro/stories/kho...
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-05 09:11 PM
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1. Because people want to have asthema!
:sarcasm:
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-05 09:13 PM
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2. Check the donors of these candidates and I bet there's a trend.
Call me psychic. :eyes:
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EST Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-05 09:30 PM
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3. Republicans ARE crooks.
Even those who insist that they, themselves, have no association with crooks, the mere fact that they support the horror show, even tacitly, implicates them.
Actions, as well as non actions, have consequences. Republicans are crooks; dems who support them (ala the glad handing of McCain) are crooks.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-05 09:39 PM
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4. Crooks? Republicans are KILLERS.
Have you seen a child choke on asthma? An adult?

This is not crooked in the sense that crooked is an adorable fluffy bunny of a word. This is homicide. Infanticide. Murder. This is a skeleton with a black hood and a scythe.

They voted to kill Houston citizens. For money.
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EST Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-05 11:21 PM
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7. Perhaps an additional adjective would be helpful.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 05:08 AM
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14. They kill themselves and their own children, too
Edited on Tue Dec-27-05 05:09 AM by depakid
Kinda sad- but until they really choke on it- say, with something similar to, say, the killer fogs of London in the 1950's, they'll never learn.

Pretty much all Republicans are like that- and, unfortunately- a few too many Dems.
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Charlie Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-05 09:59 PM
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5. Texas is getting loopier by the day
Edited on Mon Dec-26-05 10:02 PM by Charlie Brown
Why is it not "conservative" to monitor for toxic air pollution? I mean really.
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-05 11:04 PM
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6. Being Republican equals the worship of money over health
issues. Money rules. The heck with clean air.
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hayu_lol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-05 11:55 PM
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8. Instead of contaminating the west(Nevada), how about we send our...
nuclear waste to Houston. They don't even have to bury it...just leave it around to age.
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pinniped Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 12:09 AM
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9. The party of air pollution. Truly disgusting sickos.
A vote for the repukes is a vote for unlimited industrial pollution.
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Jane Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 12:51 AM
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10. My nephew spent Christmas in the hospital with asthma.
He's not in Texas, but what is it going to take to get people to take this pollution stuff seriously?
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WatchWhatISay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 02:00 AM
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11. Thankyou Texas Dems, for voting the right way
Now lets make some noise about this, and let Texans know who votes on their behalf.
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 02:18 AM
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12. good job Houston. keep voting them in office
enviornment
ensmirement

(pukey, stinky, polluted mess. SO WHAT? everything's big in texas, right? even the pollution!)
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 04:40 AM
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13. Choke on it, Houston-
Edited on Tue Dec-27-05 04:41 AM by depakid
The only place I've seen (breathed) worse air than the valley's north of LA is Houston. It nearly blotted out the sun, like a red ball, in mid-afternoon. And that's not even considering all of the chemical contaminates.

If your politicians want to sell out your citizens' health by failing to at least try to correct your industries' externalized costs- be my guest. You all vote for them again and again.

All I know is, I'm avoiding that place for the rest of my life- and that's for sure.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 05:43 AM
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15. On the Grounds of Freedom of Speech!
All that hot air from the blowhards, doncha know.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 07:53 AM
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16. This texas girl wishes she could move.
I'm sick of this shit and voting hasn't helped to stop it. Maybe these people are getting their payoff so they can move far away like I wish I could.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 05:47 PM
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17. Hell, Texas is a big state. They have plenty of air to polute!
:sarcasm:
I used to live in that poluted city of Houston. I had a headache the whole time I was there. It cleared up after I left.
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