Saturday, October 25

it ain't over


We're all focused on the election, and that's great, but Pres Shrub is still in office and shadiness still rules Washington. The Department of the Interior is one of the goverment parcels sold off to the industries it was supposed to regulate (like Energy and the EPA). In this case it's the Coal industry trying to get government to flout its own rules for profit.

Big Coal runs West Virginia and has for decades. No one is expecting that to really change. However, instead of trying to buy politicians or bend the rules the industry is now geeting the so called 'public servants' to completely change the rules. When you blow off the top of a mountain to get to the coal beneath you can't dump all that dirt and sludge into or near rivers or streams. Those are the rules. This hasn't stopped the rivers and streams from becoming seriously polluted but it has kept the pollution levels and health risks associated with them down to just shameful instead of completely insane.

Now Big Coal's bitch aka the DOI has proposed a measure that will allow companies to dump blasted dirt and sludge directly into rivers and lakes. Damn the pollution, damn the water table and damn the people of West Virginia. But Bush is an honorable man.

The catch is that this story is actually being reported...well, a little. In the midst of the campaign fever sweeping the nation people have forgotten there is actual governing going on while our backs are turned. We have 30 days in which to let the DOI know that we're watching and that we won't stay silent. PLEASE contact them today and tell them that this measure is wrong, that they cannot simply whore themselves, and us, out to Big Coal and do even more damage to a beautiful part of our nation and the people who live there.

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7 Comments:

Dianne said...

Ya know I was reading something about Iran and it hit me!! Bush has between now and 1/21 to do so much more damage.

How could I forget that? Guess I'm blocking out the trauma.

I will check out the links, thank you!

WNG said...

THANK YOU DIANNE!!!

We all need to wake up, there's plenty of time for Bush to continue to damage this country. There's also time for us to wake up and stop him, at least in some cases.

NoRegrets said...

It was amazing when I was in WV a few weeks ago how many signs there were and bumper stickers saying how wonderful coal is. Which isn't a bad thing, but yes, there needs to be oversight.

Which reminds me that I have to tell my WV story....

The CEO said...

The simplest way is to eliminate lobbying and political action committees. These two are how corporations gain so much influence. Just my opinion.

slag said...

Damn! I knew that shrub was still trying to start new wars and continuing to destroy our civil liberties. Now, there's the environmental angle to worry about too.

Is it possible that the rapture really is upon us? OK, OK, that's a cop-out, I know. I'll do your bidding once again, G, and help you fight the man.

slag said...

On second thought...why aren't you starting a petition for this? You make us work too hard for your love.

WNG said...

Don't be a slacker, Slag. What the gubment recognizes are messages left through 'official' channels. Leave one :-)