by Scott Ridgway
When I worked for an environmental agency, I ran into a very polite black woman while going door to door in some chicago suburb or another. I told her about Citizens For A Better Environment. We stood on her steps and she nodded symphathetically as I told her about the environmental issues we were backing. BUT she didn't want to give me a dime because, as she said, "Well, the world is going to end in fire. You won't be able to stop that. It's in the bible."
The below is taken from the new york times, and was written by Bill Moyers, in an article about the christian right's lack of environmental concerns (they have a heaven to go to, unlike the sane, who are merely leaving our childrens childrens childrens a burned out husk of a world)
I read that the administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency has declared the election a mandate for President Bush on the environment. This for an administration:
that wants to rewrite the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act protecting rare plant and animal species and their habitats, as well as the national Environmental Policy Act that requires the government to judge beforehand if actions might damage natural resources;
that wants to relax pollution limits for ozone, eliminate vehicle tailpipe inspections, and ease pollution standards for cars, sport utility vehicles, and diesel-powered big trucks and heavy equipment;
that wants a new international audit law to allow corporations to keep certain information about environmental problems secret from the public;
that wants to drop all its New-Source Review suits against polluting coal-fired power plans and weaken consent decrees reached earlier with coal companies;
that wants to open the Arctic Wildlife Refuge to drilling and increase drilling in Padre Island National Seashore, the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world and the last great coastal wild land in America;
that is radically changing the management of our national forests to eliminate critical environmental reviews, open them to new roads, and give the timber companies a green light to slash and cut as they please.
I read the news and learned how the Environmental Protection Agency plotted to spend $9 millionâ€”$2 million of it from the President's friends at the American Chemistry Councilâ€”to pay poor families to continue the use of pesticides in their homes. These pesticides have been linked to neurological damage in children, but instead of ordering an end to their use, the government and the industry concocted a scheme to offer the families $970 each, as well as a camcorder and children's clothing, to serve as guinea pigs for the study.
I read that President Bush has more than one hundred high-level officials in his administration overseeing industries they once represented as lobbyists, lawyers, or corporate advocatesâ€”company insiders waved through the revolving door of government to assure that drug laws, food policies, land use, and the regulation of air pollu-tion are industry-friendly. Among the "advocates-turned-regulators" are a former meat industry lobbyist who helps decide how meat is labeled; a former drug company lobbyist who influences prescription drug policies; a former energy lobbyist who, while accepting payments for bringing clients into his old lobbying firm, helps to determine how much of our public lands those former clients can use for oil and gas drilling.
I read that civil penalties imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency against polluters in 2004 hit an fifteen-year low, in what amounts to an extended holiday for industry from effective compliance with environmental laws.
Yes, that is the Bill Moyer's.... mega god. Read the article for even more depressing news on how religion is destroying us apes.