Wednesday, March 16, 2005

More Funny Stuff on PBS' NEWSHOUR

So I'm watching the NEWSHOUR on PBS again, and they're debating the new mercury regulations: a 70 percent reduction over the next 12 years of airborn emissions. One industry guy, one environmentalist. The enviro guy opens with how many babies will be at risk of "severe brain damage" if we don't do it sooner. The industry guy responds that while the companies that sell the "environmental" technology claim to be able to meet the goal now, they won't guarantee it on paper. He points out that if the technology isn't ready, as is his belief, that industry will have to cut production to meet the standards if enforced sooner. Here's what cracked me up: the enviro guy accuses the industry guy of using "scare tactics", then goes on about how a kid born today might not be able to develop a normal brain by the time the proposed standards take effect! To be fair to the NEWSHOUR, their moderator poked some holes in the enviro guy's logic, such as the fact that the mercury problem in fish won't be fixed by this, because most fish we eat are caught outside of the US. I believe that mercury contamination is a problem, but I see knowledge as the answer, not scare tactics. From what I understand, fish is the major source of mercury poisoning, and the fish industry is resisting labeling mercury content. A smart person would just cut down, or stop eating fish until the mercury content is available, whether done voluntarily by the industry or forced by law. I hope it doesn't end up in a class action suit against the "big fish" industry, but nothing would surprise me after hearing this enviro wacko on the NEWSHOUR. If half of what he alleged was true, we'd be a nation of idiots, which is what he seems to take us for!

4 comments:

Rosemary said...

Hehehe. Good post. I always some fiction now and then. Not you, them. :)

Joey Myopa said...
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Joey Myopa said...

I watched this program also and agree the guy from Clean Air Watch, Frank O'Donnell, was off base, and that is being kind. Maybe I am the only one in America who see's the "cap and trade" approach to contolling pollution as prelude to consolodation of pollution and an industry.

Ten Dollars

This cannot be a good thing as such measures would open the doors to monopolization of the power industry. Unlike the communications industry whereby the break up of a commgolmerate such as Bell could be accomplished by changing out switches, going airless, or adding routers, etc..the nations power grid will not be as easy to administrate should one or two large companies arise outta pollution policies as such. How could we police only one or two companies when they become the only show in town? Today Mercury, what is next in line? I am sure it will not stop here. Personally I am still in favor of more nuclear power although this opinion would appear on the surface to go against my base ideology. Our nations electric power production is still primarily dependant on coal, for whatever reason. It is 2005 and we are still devising ways to scrub coal effulent. I grew up in the coal region, not exactly a place to invest in vacation property anymore. Actually I think it was Nixon who signed the Black Lung Benefits Act...an olive branch in those days.

Love your comment - "A smart person would just cut down, or stop eating fish until the mercury content is available ". Will Homeland Security share with us the Color Coded Threat Level for Fish Mercury Content? Is the fish level today either Severe, High, Elevated, Guarded, or Low ? I envision future signs at the grocer " Get Your Fish Today - Buy Now, yellow or less guaranteed, hurry while supplies last. Honey, where is yellow again on the fish chart?"..lol :)

Third times a charm Chris ..dam XP ...I apologize.