June 11, 2012
Posted by Bob Smith
, 10:06 am
Yes, folks, the dangerous, racially motivated General Assembly is at it again. Latest news from the Stop Titan Action Network reports that our state representatives want to “roll back on air quality protections” and “harm…people of color.” House bill (H952) described thus by the N. C. Environmental Justice Network is cited below:
Short Title: State Air Toxics Program Reforms.
(Public) Sponsors: Referred to: May 17, 2012
*H952-v-2* (SB 858)
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT TO EXEMPT FROM STATE AIR TOXICS EMISSIONS CONTROLS THOSE SOURCES OF EMISSIONS THAT ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN FEDERAL EMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS, TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO REQUIRE PERMIT CONDITIONS THAT ELIMINATE UNACCEPTABLE RISKS TO HUMAN HEALTH, TO DIRECT THE DIVISION OF AIR QUALITY TO REVIEW THE STATE AIR TOXICS PROGRAM, AND TO REQUIRE REPORTS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS ACT, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW COMMISSION.
Environmental Justice Network activists tell us that industrial “toxic polluters” target “the most vulnerable” and cause “disproportionate harm” to certain groups of people. How can this bill be construed as what the NCEJN claims? Rational people don’t think this way.
Reading the proposed law title tells me that state rules on sources of emissions subject to federal regulations are redundant, thus it’s not necessary to impose additional bureaucratic restrictions on industries. It also directs the state agency responsible to “require permit conditions that eliminate unacceptable risks to human health” (clearly not restricted only to white folks). Further, it directs the Division of Air Quality to review the State Air Toxics Program and requires reports on implementing the act.
Environmental activists have become a parody for Alice in Wonderland characters. They gather words to have us believe something other than what we can actually know, observe or read. The almost childish antics of environmental and “justice” groups continue to get “curiouser and curiouser,” as Alice observed in her Adventures UnderGround (Lewis Carroll, 1865). When she turned for help or enlightenment from the strange characters around her she got caught up in “logic-chopping,” parody or pun (from the Cambridge Guide to Literature in English). Carroll’s Mad Hatter is an appropriate symbol for the strange characters now occupying the environmental movement