Tuesday, May 23, 2006

What Dave Camp Doesn’t Want Us to Know

At the end of 2005, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)–another (once) independent agency that Bush and his cronies have politicized–announced plans to limit the information that companies had to provide about toxic chemicals (mercury, lead, and dioxin, among others) that they had released into their communities. After all, it is an expense for businesses to list the ways they are fouling the air, water, and food chains; besides, what communities really care or need to know?

Over the winter, 110,000 Americans submitted comments regarding the proposed change, urging Congress to step in and reject the proposed changes. Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Hilda Solis (D-CA) offered an amendment to prevent the changes. There were 231 Ayes (mostly Democrats, but also 48 Republicans) and 187 Noes (14 Democrats, and the rest Republicans). Care to guess how Dave Camp voted?

Dave (I-Can’t-Believe-Dow-Would-Do-Anything-Bad-To-The-Environment) Camp, of course, voted with the Noes.

Dave Camp has demonstrated time and again that he does not care for the health and welfare of his constituents when their concerns conflict with Dow’s. Why should he; he hasn’t lived here for sixteen years! It‘s time to bring Dave home, home to breathe the air and drink the water he has helped Dow pollute. Maybe he could take a little time to go fishing in the many lakes and streams that flow through the area. Of course he won’t want to eat anything he catches, thanks to Dow. But “catch and release” is more sportsman-like anyway.

We need to bring Dave home and send Mike Huckleberry to Congress to work on fixing the problems that Dave helped create. Maybe then Dave, and the rest of us who live here, can literally breathe a little easier.

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