Thursday, September 15, 2005

A little more mercury can't hurt

A (doomed-from-the-start) bid to impose stricter mercury-emission regulations on US power plants was defeated in the senate this week.

The proposal would have seen power plants be forced to upgrade their equipment to greener technology.

Now, however, they still have till 2018 to get their mercury under control.

The best part about the whole thing was this blatant wrongness or lying by a republican senator:

"I am extremely encouraged by the Senate's resolve to support a market-based approach to reducing mercury pollution and not to impede clean air progress by rolling back the existing regulation."

The regulation wouldn't have been rolled back, it would have been pushed forward. And the new regulation would not have impeded clean air progress. Huh?

The other best part was when they kept dumping mercury into our ecology.

I wouldn't really care, if it weren't for the fact that a clean planet affects everyone and US environmental policy can sometimes often adopted by other nations. So yeah, if it weren't for the unfortunate earth-raping, I wouldn't care.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/14/politics/14mercury.html

2 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

Andrew, I think you are mis-reading the quote by that senator.

"...not to impede clean air progress by rolling back the existing regulation."

In this case, the senator is using the words, "clean air progress," as a metaphor for, "having my pockets lined by the same corupt corporations that are poisoning us with their toxic emissions."

You see? The quote makes perfect sense, and he used a figure of speech.

Those senators from Oklahoma...great poets.

5:25 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Humans are viruses upon this earth. Hence, the earth releases antibodies such as Huricane Katrina and Ophelia to combat the virus.

9:09 AM  

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