Thursday, March 6, 2008

Godzilla Versus the Smog Monster

Big Industry has proven over and over again that it really doesn't give a fuck about the planet, people, clean water, keeping things lush and purty, the bunnies, or survival.

What it cares about is money. Money, money, money. And being able to make it without having to compromise anything ever.

So it really shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone at all that lobbyists for manufacturers, automakers, electric utilities, grocers and cement makers were being utter and complete bastards in Washington, D.C. recently, screaming at the Environmental Protection Agency (which in itself is already a joke) to keep ozone emission standards as is.

(Ozone emissions, by the way, are what cause our dear friend Mr. Smog to come into being.)

Once again I have to say I am horrified by the lengths to which jackass, money-hungry humans will go to keep from making any positive change. We get one chance at this, assholes. You need to stop being short-sighted dumps and spend some money to clean this shit up. You're going to have to sooner or later, and you know you are, so just get the shit over with already.

Read this bullshit:

WASHINGTON - Big industries are waging an intense lobbying effort to block new, tougher limits on air pollution that is blamed for thousands of heart attacks, deaths and cases of asthma, bronchitis and other breathing problems.

The Environmental Protection Agency is to decide within weeks whether to reduce the allowable amount of ozone — commonly referred to as smog — in the air.

A tougher standard would require hundreds of counties across the country to find new ways to reduce smog-causing emissions of nitrogen oxides and chemical compounds from tailpipes and smokestacks.
Groups representing manufacturers, automakers, electric utilities, grocers and cement makers met with White House officials recently in a last-ditch effort to keep the health standard unchanged. They argued that tightening it would be costly and harm the economy in areas that will have to find additional air pollution controls.

Edison Electric Institute officials made their case directly to the White House Office of Management and Budget, which has to sign off on whatever the EPA decides.

"Our position is that the existing standard adopted in 1997 should remain in place," said Daniel Riedinger, a spokesman for the group, which represents investor-owned power companies.
And health experts on the other side of the argument said this:
...tens of millions of people, particularly the elderly and small children, are still being harmed by poor air quality.

The EPA said last summer that the current health standard — no more than 80 parts of ozone for every billion parts of air — does not provide needed protection against asthma, heart attacks and respiratory problems.
Think about THAT the next time you pay your Texaco bill.

Industry in America - always with your best interest at heart, whether it be outsourcing jobs to foreign lands or dumping filth into the air that will corrode your internal organs into a pulpy mass of black jelly.

You can read the whole article up in cheunh: Asshole Big Industry Doesn't Give a Fuck About Your Health or the State of the World Because They Are Dicks.

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