Living in a toxic environment

Today I read two disturbing articles.

The first concerns the release of radioactive tritium into the groundwater around certain nuclear power plants. The list includes Braidwood, Oyster Creek and Vermont Yankee.

The second article indicates that pollution levels around petroleum refineries and chemical plants could be up to ten times or more worse than what is actually reported by the industry regulators.

In my opinion this is completely unacceptable. We need to revisit the Clean Air and Water Acts but I don’t think we should do so until we make more fundamental changes to the way government works.

Put it this way, it was recently announced that the SEC has an employee porn viewing problem. These are the guys who should be regulating the banks but that system is so full of industry insiders (trade and banking) that it’s nothing but a slap on the wrist, etc. So we’ll keep seeing the same financial disasters until that is fixed.

The same is true of the nuclear regulatory agencies but in a different way. The agencies are pretty much hobbled by lobbyists in congress.

That’s right, and who pays those lobbyists? Oil and gas interests, refiners, chemical giants, etc.

So before we can fix the Clean Air and Water Acts we need to make a fundamental change.

Modify the 14th Amendment. I used to only have six words but I have expanded it a bit. Insert the following clause:

“This Constitution and its Amendments do not grant, confer or imply any of the enumerated articles, benefits, and rights to an inanimate entity.”

Then we can move congress to clamp down on the banks, and on the petrochemical and chemical industries.

It’s our health on the line here. How much more of a reason do I have to give for us to be agitating against corporate interests that reduce our lifespan?

4 thoughts on “Living in a toxic environment

  1. Greg and I got all set to watch your vid, but it won’t play. Instead it loads the Yahoo News page regarding underestimated pollution.

  2. This doesn’t surprise me at all, and I wonder how much shit is getting into our environment unknown to the authorities whose job it is to monitor such things. Corporations are too fond of putting profit above the environment. I don’t know what we do about it, because politicians are usually pretty cosy with businessmen and probably wouldn’t want to threaten any potential political funding, so, apart from a few token bits of legislation that don’t actually work too well, will be unwilling to do anything, and the rest of us can go to hell in a handcart.

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