The Earth politics

Posted: 11/01/2006 by Floyd in Labels:
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I got an idea to do this article on an e-mail from Earth Justice, it concerns the Army Corps of engineers rubber-stamping destructive processes while waiving environmental review. If you care about the environment I would urge you to at least take a look at the petition over at earth justice and sign it, if you feel to.
I did a little detective work and came across an article that might put this in perspective, here is the link to the article and here also is an excerpt from the article;

Since January 2003, the EPA and Corps have been following a Bush administration policy directive that jeopardizes Clean Water Act protections by telling agency staff to stop protecting many streams, wetlands, lakes, and other waters unless they first get permission from Washington, D.C. officials.
This excerpt should explain a lot of things and knowing that over the recent years we have seen laws go slack on the big conglomerates and our environment continues to take hits on all of these issues, and one need only take a trip to eastern Kentucky to see the devastation left with surface mining going on here at a rapid clip.
What does the Army Corps of Engineers do?
The mission of the Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program is to protect the aquatic resources of the US, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible and balanced permit decisions. The Corps evaluates permit applications for essentially all construction activities that occur in the Nations waters, including wetlands. Corps permits are also necessary for any work, including construction and dredging, in the Nations navigable waters.
In Salina Kansas a consultant hired by the city has found flaws in a Corps' study, in retrospect said that it would take approximately 75 years for contamination referred to as the "Northern Plume" to reach city wells, the consultants results vary considerably at 8 years, which in effect is not even close to the Corps' study. This post is a little different from those you have been reading on this blog but I feel that this is just another failed policy that is in serious need of a different approach and some fresh ideas, the candidates vying for office need to address all these and establish a connection with the voters of this country and point out the many great differences in their policy agenda verses the status quo.

4 comments:

  1. Great post, Floyd.

    The Army Corp of Engineers is a definately a rubber stamp oragination for the coal companies in West Virginia. Nice to know they're out there holding things up for us ain't it.

  1. Floyd says:

    Hey chad good to hear from you again, you know them well in West Va. I did this post to show people should be asking the hard questions, this is one of those questions concerning the environment.

  1. Jim says:

    It's still amazing to me how quickly Bush redesigned so many government agencies that previously had been doing a little better job for the people. His conscious effort to replace appropriate managers with lockstep ideologues has been devastating to our country.

    I'm a Sierra Club member and it has been depressing to read each month of our government's relentless efforts to increase the bottom lines of business at the expense of the ordinary man and woman.

  1. Floyd says:

    Well spoken Jim, the businesses are constantly on their way to destroying any environment we have left.

    Our children and grand-children will inaptly pay the price for our sins, however the government agencies over our streams, waterways and forests have become nothing more than than a whispering fragile voice when it comes to protecting our earth.

    Here also is kind of an older article for your reading enjoyment, it kind of puts in perspective how much this administration cares about the environment we live in.