Beats P*ssing on the Alamo, I Guess
It’s no wonder the GOP wants the EPA to become a distant memory, what with all their science and trickery. After all, if you’re going to be “all about job creation,” you can’t let things like contaminated water slow down the economy and put the hurt on corporations and public utilities conglomerates.
The e-mails and documents, released under order from the Texas Attorney General to KHOU-TV, also show the agency was attempting to help water systems get out of formally violating federal limits for radiation in drinking water. Without a formal violation, the water systems did not have to inform their residents of the increased health risk.
Even so-called “moderate” Jon Huntsman can’t bring himself to actually do anything about our country’s burgeoning toxicity. Sure, unlike his flatearther GOP comrads, he admits pollution and climate change are real, but it’s also damned inconvenient, especially when the GOP has represented itself as the beacons of light with a plan(?) to kick start our economy.
Cap-and-trade ideas aren’t working; it hasn’t worked, and our economy’s in a different place than five years ago. Much of this discussion happened before the bottom fell out of the economy, and until it comes back, this isn’t the moment.
i.e. Until unemployment is down and all US citizens have 40 acres and a really nice mule, cleaning up the environment and alternative energy is a royal PITA. In Texas, it’s more important to impose sonograms on women seeking abortion, or declare a prayerfest for rain, than insure its citizens have uncontaminated drinking water. And if environmental cleanup and oversight - heaven forbid - costs cash money, all bets are off.
When this shakedown exposes the Texas politicians involved, expect few apologies. It’s more likely they’ll ask for federal $ help, since it’s those damned Feds and their EPA voodoo that are about “tellin’ ‘em what the heck should or shouldn’t be in God’s drinkin’ water.”