Friday, March 14, 2008

Bush is Ozoning

In case you are in any doubt that The Decider has total and utter disregard for your health and the health of our "wildlife, parks and farmland," this should lay those doubts to rest.... "Ozone Rules Weakened at Bush's Behest." (WaPo)

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) weakened one part of its new limits on smog-forming ozone" after an intervention by Bush as he "overruled EPA officials and on Tuesday ordered the agency to increase the limit" as White House lawyers "hustled to craft new legal justifications for the weakened standard."

Until Bush's interference, on the advice of EPA's expert scientists, the "public health" standard would have lowered the ozone level in the Clean Air Act.

Ozone, which is formed when pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and other chemical compounds released by industry and motor vehicles are exposed to sunlight, is linked to an array of heart and respiratory illnesses, and the health of "managed agricultural crops and natural terrestrial ecosystems."

Give the senior EPA officials and scientists credit. They resisted the White House position but their recommendations were trampled over and discarded by a White House with an agenda.

Let's face it, the EPA was going up against the "flat earth" mentality and knee-jerk reaction of The Decider against all things hinting that his corporate and oil buddies are greedily sliming the earth, water and air in the name of profits.

What profit it a man if he gains a dollar but loses his sense.

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