Don, I am all for the state agencies. I enjoy working with the guys n gals down at DWQ, NCDEQ. They run a tight ship. I am just gob smacked how a huge Multi-Billion dollar corporation such as Dook Energy get to laugh about a destroyed river system because EPA won't hold them accountable.
Seems to me then that everyone should be arguing for giving the EPA more teeth, more autonomy to enforce infractions on larger corporations, as opposed to arguing for the abolishment of the agency.
"Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one." - Sam Rayburn
Politicians have been underfunding and interfering with federal agencies for years, then bitching about their incompetence/ineffectiveness/corruption. Are federal agencies always excellent? Of course not, but there has been a two sided agenda for years of 1- trying to eliminate almost any oversight, B- getting private access to nearly any pool of federal revenue (privatize Social Security, etc).
Privatizing the military and making healthcare for profit seems to be benefitting stockholders, and delivering everyone else less than.
Willi's right. The idea that industry will oversee itself. And back int eh 60's and 70's when it was really bad, corporations supposedly had the responsibility to be a good citizen. With that responsibility out the window, it will be worse.
And Tranny, yes, the orange river was a complete clusterfuck. But the EPA didn't create the problem, and it wasn't going to fix itself. Tougher regulations and rules to begin with, and effective enforcement of them, would seem to be the way to avoid that. Or like a lot of stuff, maybe we just leave it in the ground. Do we need it, or does somebody just want to make a profit on it?
It's lime the battles between sperm whales and giant squid half a mile below the surface of the ocean. Only it happens in the palm I your hand.- thndr
when I fall, I am still cold and wet, but much more stylishly dressed. as my hat disappears in the riffle- flybug.pa
"Sugar? No thank you Turkish, I'm sweet enough."