Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Coming to a North Carolina Restaurant Near You: "Would You Care For Some Fresh Water With Your Glass of Coal Ash Sir? . . . I'll Add it to Your Bill"...

Just wow.

Charlie Pierce brings us the lesson of what happens when you decide that the special interest, big corporate polluters who bankrolled your political party and career unilaterally determine that their industry don't need no 'steenking' regulatory oversight:

There's a lot of very weird stuff going on in the newly insane state of North Carolina. The state has a problem with coal ash, and with its groundwater, and with the reluctance of Duke Energy to clean up, among other things, the 39,000 fking [tons] of the gunk that it spilled into the Dan River in February. The state's Environmental Management Commission decided that Duke Energy needed a "reasonable amount of time" to correct the groundwater violations. (As should be obvious, you could sail a coal barge through that adjective there.) A Superior Court judge said to hell with that noise and reversed the commission's findings, demanding that the clean-up begin immediately.
And you will never guess what the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission did.
No, really, you will never guess.
Give up?
They appealed the judge's ruling.
Told you that you wouldn't believe it.

I guess if you're going to be the best at what you do, then if institutional corruption is your forte' you might just as well be as about as brazen with it as you possibly can huh?

It really is getting to the point where the only thing that is going to (possibly) put a crimp in the industrialist's zeal to poison every square inch of this country from coast to coast is if a bunch of Americans die needlessly as a result of their negligence and lack of official oversight.  Oh wait!! . . . . . shit . . . . . been there done that:

(CNN) -- Some 15 people -- including 10 first responders -- died in a massive explosion Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Mayor Tommy Muska said, according to USA Today.

(Reuters) - The fertilizer plant that exploded on Wednesday, obliterating part of a small Texas town and killing at least 14 people, had last year been storing 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that would normally trigger safety oversight by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Gee -- who knew that back in 2003 when Condi Rice and Dick Cheney were conning us into the justifications for invading Iraq in order to avoid the prospect of "mushroom clouds" over American cities, little did we know that those mushroom clouds would eventually be delivered at the hands of our own fellow American businessmen - eh?

The Gadfly, from his perch here on this shitty little blog, can only implore his fellow Americans to wake up to the reality of the godawful future that these assholes have planned for you, your children's and grandchildren's country and make a concerted effort to do something about it.


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