Demise of the Simple Fact
November 26, 2002
By Judith Foster
A recent headline on the front page of the New York Times
read, "EPA SAYS IT WILL CHANGE RULES GOVERNING INDUSTRIAL
POLLUTION - MOVE DENOUNCED BY OFFICIALS IN NORTHEAST STATES."
To paraphrase Christie Whitman, the EPA Administrator, the
Bush Mob's idea is to make it easier for industry to modernize
to cleaner standards. Sounds good, even hopeful right? Except
that the argument that industry will do more about cleaning
up their manufactured pollutants if they're asked to do so
sweetly and if they're left to decide on a voluntary basis
just doesn't sell. It just doesn't! You'd have to be a moron
- a certified idiot to believe that. Which may be why Bush
is such a true believer.
States all over the country are passing laws which make smoking
in public places illegal because there have been studies finding
factual evidence that second-hand smoke causes cancer in non-smokers.
Yet the Bush Mob is categorically saying that it's okay for
factories and industries to belch every kind of proven carcinogen
into the air, rivers, streams, oceans and to dump their toxic
waste into landfills.
It's a documented fact that Texas has one of the worst air
qualities in the nation as a result of George W. Bush's doctrine
of leniency towards industry's dirty little habit of polluting.
Texas's air quality is the direct result of Bush's permission
to let industry clean up its polluting practices voluntarily.
But the documented facts aren't important to the Bush Mob.
They've already made up their minds and to hell with facts.
This is stupidity of the most craven kind. This is the kind
of stupidity that precipitates major ecological calamities
and creates far reaching and irreversible damage. This is
the modern version of the scorched earth practice only on
a bigger and more murderous scale. This is as bad as Saddam
torching the oil fields as he retreated from Kuwait in 1991,
or the oil tanker disasters of the Exxon Valdes and now the
latest catastrophic oil spill off the coast of Spain.
These ecological assaults are dramatic examples of the earth
becoming more and more polluted at the hands of humanity.
They show us graphically and in a condensed and immediate
way what's already happening on a slower and grander scale
all over the world.
It urgently behooves us all to understand this now
and to do everything in our power to stop the Bush Mob from
decimating and gutting our home.
If industry is given the opportunity to "modernize" without
worrying about having to clean up their polluting practices,
how does that help anything? As usual with this Bush Mob,
their approach to all problems is to ignore facts because
facts only confuse their simple-minded spoils practices.