Thursday, April 28, 2011

Do We Really Need to Clean-up Pollution?

“For most Americans,” says Michael Brune, CEO, Sierra Club, “cleaning up pollution isn’t an ideological issue; it’s just common sense. Asthma is epidemic among our kids. The list of potentially cancer-causing chemicals in our drinking water keeps getting longer. Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic heavy metals are building up in our bodies.

“But guess what? Commonsense citizens are not the ones calling the shots in Congress. Instead, polluter-funded politicians are doing their paymasters; bidding. For example, the largest donors to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are oil billionaires David and Charles Koch, whose many polluting businesses are regulated by the EPA. Accordingly, a top goal of the committee is to restrict the EPA’s power; 9 out of 12 Republicans on the committee have signed a Koch-sponsored pledge to prevent the EPA from limiting greenhouse-gas pollution.

“The paid apologists for the Kochs and other polluters say we can’t afford to clean up, the fact is we can’t afford not to. The healthcare costs from coal-fired power plant pollution are greater than those from smoking. At a time when healthcare is the single biggest contributor to our national deficit, preventing needless illness has an enormous economic benefit.”

“Truth,” The Course in Miracles says, “does not come and go nor shift nor change, evading capture and escaping grasp. It does not hide. It stands in open light, in obvious accessibility. It is impossible that anyone could seek it truly, and not succeed.”

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