John Shimkus, GOP Rep. Who Denies Climate Change On Religious Grounds, Could Lead House Environmental Policy
Considering how often they talk about personal responsibility, republicans usually find a way to rationalize evading responsibility for their own actions.
This is one of the most mind-numbingly irresponsible assertions I have ever heard. After all the “personal responsibility” lectures, now they give us the “hell no to responsibility, God won’t let us fail” line? No wonder they are so cool to the START treaty.
Given the dangers of hydraulic fracturing and the growing demand for natural gas, and a public programmed to believe we have easy access to huge reserves if only the government would “get out of the way”, the republicans are poised to give license the the oil industry to literally destroy this country from the ground water up.
Republicans keep coming up with new ways to hurt this country beyond the wildest dreams of our worst enemies, and still make the ideas popular with the masses.
The more religious zealots strengthen their grip on their spiritual world and loosen their grip on the physical world, the more they fit the definition of insane.
How is John Shimkus any different from a suicide bomber, when it comes to personal responsibility and concern for consequences?
This is a prime example of why religion and government are incompatible.
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It seems like for conservatives, regulatory failure is not only an option, it is a goal.
If Big Oil manages to poison the ground water in New York with their hydraulic fracturing, I cannot imagine them buying up all the worthless property they would create – including NYC – which would have to be abandoned due to lack of usable fresh water. Poisoning the ground water of an area is a disaster that cannot be recovered from.
The latest problem surfaced in Pennsylvania.
Of course, we can count on the individual State to protect the rights and safety of it’s citizens from the depredations of moneyed interests:
- Lawsuit: Gas Drilling Fluid Ruined Pa. Water Wells (nytimes.com)
- Another well blow-out during hydraulic fracturing (switchboard.nrdc.org)
Growing up, I did not know that coal plants produced large amounts of waste other than the soot and smoke. It was not until recent years that I learned the waste had toxic elements in it.
I would far rather have the EPA “forced down my throat” than the poisons of corporate greed and irresponsibility.
The true cost of “cheap” coal has gone unnoticed and unappreciated. It is time we know the truth, and recognize the full costs.
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By all means, put the regulators as close as possible to the money. The miners will be dying to maximize the conflict of interest and corruption that local regulation would encourage.
The states should be regulating their mines themselves, but their ability and willingness to do so is questionable.
- EPA called on to regulate coal ash as hazardous waste (knoxnews.com)
- Kentucky Senate Watch: No, I Love Coal More! (motherjones.com)
- Time to crack down on toxic coal ash (1sky.org)
- Toxic Coal Ash Threatens At Least 137 Sites In 34 States (desmogblog.com)
- Waste Spills at Another T.V.A. Power Plant (NY Times)
- Tennessee Ash Flood Larger Than Initial Estimate (NY Times)
- Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste (Scientific American)
- Waste Coal – Waste Dirtier than Coal (Energy Justice Network)
- coal power: wastes generated (Union of Concerned Scientists)