When I read the article from which the quote was taken, my eye fell on the following:
“[___] led the way on a 250-177 vote to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing limits on mercury pollution from cement factories. Supporters said the new rules would send American jobs overseas, where air quality standards are more lax or non-existent.”
I’ve omitted the first word. Who led the way isn’t of concern at the moment. This isn’t a political blog, and politics isn’t the issue.
Mercury causes nerve damage.
That’s the issue.
It’s not an opinion. It’s a fact.
“The EPA estimates that one in six women of childbearing age has enough mercury in her bloodstream to put her child at risk for health problems.” (“Why Mercury Is a Problem,” link below; also cited in other of the articles linked below.)
That has is present tense. With continuing exposure, the problem will get worse.
Brain damage, lower IQs, learning disabilities; numbness and mobility problems; contaminated land, water, air; contaminated food supply.
That’s it for tonight.
I don’t have what it takes to continue with this, much less to write the post I’d planned.
I’ll try again tomorrow.
- Report Says Mercury Pollution is Health Threat (doyourpart.com)
- New Report Details 285 Lbs of Annual Mercury Pollution from New Jersey Power Plants (gloucestercitynews.net)
- NY Cement Factory Singled Out as Source of Mercury Pollution (news.change.org)
- EPA Limits Mercury Limits in Gold Mining Operations (environmentalleader.com)
- Of the 12 largest emitters of mercury air pollution among U.S. gold mines, 8 are in Nevada (yubanet.com)
- Texas Rep. Moves to Weaken Standards on Mercury Emissions (health.change.org)
- Natalie Portman Enlists The Help Of Scientists To Limit Mercury Pollution (ecorazzi.com)
- As Ravena study finds mercury in cement plant neighbors, GOP moves to block cement plant mercury limits (timesunion.com)
- Does Congress really want to encourage mercury pollution? (switchboard.nrdc.org)
- Why Mercury is a Problem (sierraclub.typepad.com)