Tuesday, August 03, 2004


You know I can only ignore the ignoramus who calls himself our Commander in Chief for so many days in a row. I have been selfish lately and it has gone on long enough! From McSweeney's Daily Reason to Dispatch Bush: DAY 87: Since George W. Bush has taken office, his administration has significantly weakened the country's central toxic-waste-cleanup program, Superfund. For 20 years, Superfund identified the country's largest polluters and required them to pay for cleaning the sites they contaminated. When President Bush took office, he did not renew this "polluter pays" program; as a result, taxpayers have been forced to pay for this cleanup. With its limited funding, estimates show that Superfund will run out of money by the end of the year. Without adequate funding, the rate of Superfund cleanups has fallen by half in comparison with the 1990s. An EPA report published in July found that 111 Superfund sites do not have human exposure to hazardous toxic waste and ground-water pollution under control. A Sierra Club report found that these sites threaten to expose 1 in 4 Americans to such dangers. Congress passed Superfund in the late 1970s, in response to an incident in Love Canal, New York, where residents discovered that their homes had been polluted by 20,000 tons of toxic chemical waste discarded by the Hooker Chemical Company in the 1940s and 1950s. This discovery coincided with a slew of miscarriages, birth defects, respiratory ailments, and cancer diagnoses in the region. (Sources: Frohman, Jessica, Ananda Hirsch, and Ed Hopkins, "Communities at Risk: How the Bush Administration Is Failing to Protect People's Health at Superfund Sites," The Sierra Club. See article at: www.sierraclub.org. www.epa.gov. David Hopkins, "Superfund Waste Sites Endanger Human Health, Says Report," Environmental Data Interactive Exchange, July 30, 2004. See article at: www.edie.net. www.news-journalonline.com.) How in the HELL can anyone think this bullshit is OK????

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