In a time when the country is facing high levels of unemployment, banks are stealing homes from homeowners, and natural disasters are more frequent than ever, we can always count on our Congress to be more irrational than ever. Instead of focusing on injecting money into the US economy, helping homeowners stay sheltered and reducing our influence on the environment, we have a Congress that wants to go to war with not another country, but with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Of course, the EPA is the reason why jobs are being sent overseas. It’s the culprit behind our government shelling out billions of dollars to foreign aid and the EPA is the reason why trillions of dollars are being extracted from this county. Right…
Congress has been in a rush to implement legislation that would devastate the environment and the people that live off of it (Note: everyone lives off of the environment). The House passed H.R. 2250, which would repeal several pollution control requirements for industrial boilers and incinerators. More specifically, cement kilns and power plants might have their oversight reduced. Cement kilns are known to be the third-largest airborne contributor of mercury behind coal plants and are usually in densely populated areas of the US. Mercury is known to affect the immune system, alter genetic and enzyme systems and damage embryos, who are more sensitive to the toxins. If mercury is ingested it can lead to kidney failure.
We all know that we should allow corporations to pollute at will and the reason why their business is sluggish is because they’re not allowed to pollute enough. The thing that worries me the most is the human cost of such legislation which the EPA estimates to be around 20,000 deaths. That’s enough to fill the Verizon Center to capacity.
It’s easy to see why this current House is working diligently to eliminate EPA regulations when you read the fine print. According to USA Today, in 2010, 10 out of about 100 cement plants in the US are so old that any regulation would prove to be too costly for them. The plants would need to be shut down, overhauled and rebuilt. So, the most rational thing to do is to allow these plants to continue with business as usual, complying to old standards of health and environment regulations? It’s just like when doctors in the 30s thought cigarettes were good for your health. Under the logic of the 112th Congress, we should continue to tell Americans that a cigarette a day keeps the doctor away because doing otherwise would be too costly to the tobacco industry.