How we feel vs our elected officials on our environmental issues

Posted: 8/13/2008 by Floyd in Labels:

The mainstream media is shy to report about  the extreme religious beliefs that inform Michele Bachmann's politics. In a recent interview with a Christian news reporter, Bachmann  let her hair down  that the Bible, not science is dictating her policy on energy and the environment:"(Pelosi) is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said that she's just trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet -- we didn't need Nancy Pelosi to do that," says Bachmann.
When will the mainstream media start reporting about Michele Bachmann's wacky religious extremism?

Picked this up over at the Daily Kos and it got me to thinking how we feel vs how the ones we elect feel and moreover how they interpret law based on their beliefs and even deeper how they hone that belief to justify their agenda.

We use the planet to our benefit and we carve it to our will to make our daily life easier for us and for the most part a lot of us do not consider the effects on animals,water,or air that surrounds us. My problem with this officials response is that the way I'm reading this correct me if I'm wrong, but the way I'm reading this is that she is trying to interject Christ's belief on the environment?

Jesus loved all creature's the tiger,the polar bear I mean the list is endless I could go on forever but you get the idea. Now think about this,are we to believe that he would go along with endangering an animal that could be harmed or even become extinct for the profit of others? Would he go along with us polluting our air and killing ourselves slowly? I mean it seems to me that this argument could be used both ways.

Along with producing most of the nation's pork, some 12,000 factory-style farms -- concentrated in Iowa, North Carolina, and a dozen other states -- create huge volumes of harmful air pollutants. Ammonia and hydrogen sulfide from pig waste have caused health problems ranging from asthma to neurological disorders.

The Environmental Protection Agency began cracking down on factory farm violations of the Clean Air Act in the final years of the Clinton administration, initiating three precedent-setting enforcement actions against Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

But shortly after the Bush administration took over, the agency started to reverse course. Michele Merkel, the EPA staff attorney who led the first Clean Air case against a factory farm in 1999, says that she was instructed to stop looking for new factory farm violations of the Clean Air Act in January 2002. "My boss told me that orders had come from the political appointees higher up that I was not to initiate any new enforcement actions on CAFOs," she said.

It is the thoughts of our elected officials who shape our environmental policy in this country as we see being done years ago as the policies were rolled back to accommodate the arms of big business,do you think our officials roll back policies and go backward on progress for our benefit?

Look at recent articles in the news concerning the endangered species act,,it's all coming back to us now: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was approving pesticides for use without, in many cases, checking with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service, the agencies that are supposed to "consult," under the rules. Instead, EPA turned to those agencies only in selected cases in which the EPA thought there might be something harmful about the pesticide that would concern them.

I have used a couple or three examples here of how our elected officials feel on issues that concern not only us but future generations as well,it just rubs me the wrong way for an official to try and say that religion has some kind of agenda or interjection into how we interpret the environment.

How many of us actually study our officials to see what they believe in relation to ours? That is a good question indeed because how they interpret their agenda basically shapes our own.

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