Posted by: Daisy Luther | on October 3, 2013
I can’t really mourn too much that the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are unable to continue wreaking regulatory havoc on the little guys due to the government shutdown. In fact, I think a celebration just might be in order. This could be a good chance for folks to see how unnecessary the intervention of the government is in running the minute details of our everyday lives.
94% of the employees of the EPA have been sent home and 45% of the FDA workers have followed them. The mainstream media is on the case, telling readers about the potential deadly consequences of the restrictions being put on these agencies.
In the case of the EPA, staff will not be out there protecting the country from greenhouse gases or inspecting landfills.
Employees are barred from checking government email, using government-issued cellphones during the furlough, or catching up on any of their work for the duration of the shutdown.
“It stinks,” said John O’Grady, a union representative at the EPA’s Chicago office. “No one is going to be out inspecting water discharges, or wet lands. Nobody is going to be out inspecting waste water treatment plants, drinking water treatment plants, or landfills – nothing. None of that is going to be done.
EPA officials had warned earlier that a shutdown could hurt Obama’s climate change agenda. The agency was about to roll out new rules for promoting the use of biofuels, and tougher penalties against polluters.
The EPA was also working to set the first limits on carbon pollution from power plants – the pillar of Obama’s climate change agenda.
EPA officials said there would be growing risk to public health if the shutdown lasted beyond a few days.
“It’s like most of the other agencies. In the short term, the impact may not be terribly big, but over the long term, there is a cost to the work not getting done,” said Jonathan Schweitzer, an environmental engineer at the agency and a veteran of the 1990s shutdown. (source)
It’s hard to get too worried about the loss of an agency that only worries about public health and safety when it fits into a monetary agenda for the biggest spenders. For example, when radiation from Fukushima began to sweep the Western Coast of the US, the EPA responded by trying to convince us that it really wasn’t that big of a deal.
The EPA is right on top of things with their response, of course. First, they promptly closed down 8 of 18 radiation measuring stations in the hardest hit area, California. Then, to further calm the good people of the nation, the EPA magically changed the numbers. They’ve raised the amount of radiation that we can safely absorb and ingest. It wouldn’t do for the large factory farms to be unable to sell their tainted produce or for the huge dairies to be stuck with all that radioactive milk.
The radiation in our food supply is of so little concern to the EPA that they’ve actually begun to tell us that a little bit of radiation is good for us. According to a report citing the EPA, a bit of radiation can prevent cancer, instead of causing it.
Since our minds can be at ease now, the EPA has decided that they are no longer planning to monitor the radiation levels in our food supply. They will return to their previous practice of only monitoring random samples every three months. Yep. Really. The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States is no longer monitoring radiation levels in our food and water supplies as of April 14th. That will definitely keep them from getting those inconveniently high readings that might affect Big Agri’s prosperity. (source)
The EPA, always a friend of Big Agri, has also recently upped the allowable amount of glyphosate, Monsanto’s favorite herbicide that only causes toxicity and death. They have also staged a jihad on self-sufficiency, with woodstove regulations being implemented that restrict the type of appliance that can be purchased.
One controversy after another can be attributed to the EPA, an agency charged with protecting the air we breathe, the soil in which we grow our food and the water that we drink. At the bottom of each of those controversies can be found ties to the conspiracies of the big businesses that really run the country. Decisions are being auctioned off to industry lobbyists with the most money and influence.
Environmental protection is only the rule of thumb if it goes along with Agenda 21 – the EPA is all over the green agenda in cases that benefit the redistribution of wealth, but the agency completely ignores blatant crimes against the earth if it involves fracking for the benefit of a natural gas company.