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Let Me Sell you A Lie – EPA Consequences of The REINS Act – H.R. 10

December 12, 2011

This is a follow up to my warning on the day it passed the US House of Representatives, “The REINS Act – H.R. 10 Threatens Checks and Balances”.  Contact your Senator and insist that HR10 must not become a law that Undermines Crucial Safeguards for American Families!  Corporations can sell lies about their product or manufacturing process to government agencies, already.  This is status quo, because the packed US Supreme Court decided that corporations are people and can buy their politicians.  Follow the money has become even more sinister than before. It has been happening because corporations and their lobbyists purchase lawmakers. And those same lawmakers are only accountable to the corporations, they are even given scripts to schmooze their constituents and place blame on the evil regulatory system, which is all but non-effective anyway. 

Since 2003 consumers have been fed corn that has been genetically manipulated with pesticides.  Monsanto bought the EPA.  Monsanto was responsible to monitor the product.  Monsanto continues to deny the problem in the face of growing complaints by growers. For 8 years, farmers and growers concerns and complaints fell on deaf ears at the EPA.  EPA regulators 

Monsanto (Still) Denies Superinsect Problem, Despite Evidence

EPA: Monsanto Corn Losing Effectiveness Against Bugs

Genetically Engineered Corn and Its Effect

We have seen the power of big business morph this country into their greedy playground.  Corporate America has bought every idea we are exposed to.  They want to control our behavior.  They want to control our pocket books.  They want to control the ethnicity and religion of this country to serve their greedy ambitions.  The corporate media complies with the corporate mission to disseminate half truths and shape the emotions of each and every one of us.

Too Much Regulation Is Damaging Economy, Killing Jobs

However, with a little research, this may create new jobs because:

  1. When toxic consequences are finally revealed, more jobs are created for the clean up.
  2. The American taxpayer has to foot the bill, because …
  3. The perpetrator gets off Scott Free with a slap on the wrist, usually with a fine that is only a small percentage of the cost of remediation and cleanup.
  4. The American taxpayer has to live with the toxic consequences for years before any margin of safety is achieved.
  5. Even more jobs are created to manufacture and sell protective products and pharmaceuticals to the victims of toxic exposure.

Genetically Modified Corn — Safe or Toxic?

EPA Rule Shows Regulations That Kill Jobs Can Create New Ones

The EPA, which some Koch Brothers Republicans want to eliminate altogether, tries in vain to enforce responsible behavior and accountability to local and  state governments as well as corporations.  Everyone complains.  Albuquerque is but one example.  Water runoff from storms have picked up debris and toxic waste, and deposits into the Rio Grande waterway … sending this stuff down river to all the communities along the way.  These corporations will create spin-off companies to address the toxic consequences, at a profit, of course.

EPA cites Albuquerque with Clean Water Act violations; advocacy group calls for city action

Federal environmental officials close to decision on $205M clean-up proposal of Bridgewater’s Cyanamid property

EPA to Staunch Flood of Storm Water Runoff Polluting U.S. Waterways

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is gearing up to tighten old storm water rules

Rising Air Pollution Worsens Drought, Flooding, New Study Finds

So, the GOP thinks that regulations imposed by government agencies responsible for protecting the health of Americans and their environmental living conditions.  Agencies with the expertise to recognize hazards and potential hazards to humans and their environment are responsible for investigating, analysing and drafting regulations to protect everyone.  Congress can only claim the expertise given them by corporate lobbyists.

In this case, EPA relies on sound science to safeguard both human health and the environment. The Agency conducts research on ways to prevent pollution, protect human health, and reduce risk. Every day, we come into contact with industrial and commercial chemicals in products we use in our homes and workplaces. Several laws, including the Toxic Substances Control Act; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; and Food Quality Protection Act, mandate EPA’s oversight and regulatory responsibilities to reduce risks from chemicals used on food and the use of pesticides. EPA’s research program strives prevent and reduce pesticide and industrial chemical risks to humans, communities and ecosystems.  AND, the USDA supports the safe and appropriate use of science and technology, including biotechnology, to help meet agricultural challenges and consumer needs of the 21st century. USDA plays a key role in assuring that products produced using biotechnology are safe to be grown and used in the United States. Once these products enter commerce, USDA supports bringing these and other products to the worldwide marketplace.

WIKI: Lobbyists use time spent with legislators and executive branch officials to explain the goals of the organizations they represent, and to present those organizations’ points of view. Another important function of lobbyists is to serve as a conduit for information flowing the other way, from officials to the people employing the lobbyists; they can serve as legislative tacticians, determining the best way for an organization to fulfill its goals.

Ask your Congressman and your Senator who they will answer to when it comes time to apply regulations to corporations. Ask them who will determine how they vote, the community or state that they represent or the fundraising corporate lobbyists that write and pay for their commercials.

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