I’ve got just a couple of small snippets to start out your Sunday …
Many things have been put on hold during this time of pandemic crisis. Though I may disagree with the way in which they were done (no thinking or planning involved), I can’t argue against the need for these measures such as the shuttering of restaurants and pubs, people working from home or in some cases being laid off from their jobs, the closing of schools. But, the one thing that should never ever have been put on hold are environmental regulations – the few we have left, that is. There is no logical justification and it will only lead to further decimation of our environment.
From an article in Friday’s issue of The Guardian …
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suspended its enforcement of environmental laws during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, signaling to companies they will not face any sanction for polluting the air or water of Americans.
In an extraordinary move that has stunned former EPA officials, the Trump administration said it will not expect compliance with the routine monitoring and reporting of pollution and won’t pursue penalties for breaking these rules.
There is no end date set for this dropping of enforcement.
Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the EPA, said that coronavirus had made it difficult for businesses to protect workers and the public while adhering to clean air and water rules.
According to an article in Reuter’s, this was triggered by a letter sent to Trump by the American Petroleum Institute, using the current pandemic crisis as an excuse to be relieved of regulatory requirements for the foreseeable future. Here’s the kicker, though … they claim to need to be free of all regulation “in order to ensure steady fuel supplies”. But … there is currently a market glut because … nobody is going anywhere, a large portion of businesses are shuttered, and therefore we don’t need anywhere near the amount of fuel we needed just a month ago! Additionally, it is that time of year when households are using neither heat nor air-conditioning in any large quantity. They could cut the supply in half and still have a surplus! There is absolutely no justifiable reason that they need relief from environmental regulations, but all they had to do is ask Trump, and Presto Bingo … they got their wish.
Would someone please explain to me just exactly how in hell the coronavirus makes it difficult for businesses to follow the few provisions that remain in the Clean Water and Air Acts??? NO, this is just a sorry excuse by Trump and his cronies, his partners in crime, to further pander to their friends in the fossil fuel and other industries. The Clean Air and Clean Water Acts have been in effect since 1963 and 1972 respectively and cannot simply be dissed because Trump and/or Wheeler say so! THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE!
I am not alone in my fury. Says Cynthia Giles, who was head of EPA enforcement during the Obama administration …
“EPA should never relinquish its right and its obligation to act immediately and decisively when there is threat to public health, no matter what the reason is. I am not aware of any instance when EPA ever relinquished this fundamental authority as it does in this memo. This memo amounts to a nationwide moratorium on enforcing the nation’s environmental laws and is an abdication of EPA’s responsibility to protect the public.”
The sooner we become fully reliant on renewable energy sources and are able to tell the oil companies where to put their oil, the happier and healthier we will all be! It is simply unconscionable that they are attempting to profit from this crisis!
You know those $1,200 checks that are going out to anybody who filed a tax return in 2018? Well, it is reported that Donald Trump is insisting his signature be the one on the checks. What an ego trip! No, wait, this goes well beyond ego … this is the sign of a truly evil megalomaniac. Fortunately, I will not have to see a check from him, for a) I was not required to file a tax return in 2018, and b) my daughter’s will be direct-deposited into her account, so I won’t have to face the temptation of wanting to rip that check into a thousand pieces.
My recommendation to those of you who can is if you receive a check with Trump’s signature, transfer it to a charity of your choice, such as a local food pantry or homeless shelter, local hospice or whatever suits your fancy.
Remember that a couple of days ago I mentioned the Trump re-election campaign had issued a “cease and desist” order to networks who were running an ad by a PAC called Priorities USA? Well, at the time, I couldn’t find an embeddable copy of the ad, but I have one now. Take a look …
And, for just a bit of humour, J.L. Cauvin of New Jersey is a comedian/satirist and he has done a video that … well, you must see if for yourself! If you close your eyes, you’d swear it was trumpie.
Alright, friends, that’s all I’ve got for now … be back this afternoon!