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Obama Fights for Cleaner Air & Water

Obama Fights for Cleaner Air & Water

It was announced yesterday that the EPA completed the first-ever national standards in an effort to reduce the amount of toxins being produced by power plants, the largest pollution source in the U.S., which emit toxins like mercury, arsenic, acid gas, cyanide, and others.

When mercury is in the air, it can then be transferred to lakes, streams and other bodies of water through rain or snow. Just as it is harmful for humans to breathe in air contaminated with mercury, it’s also harmful for fish, plants and other aquatic life to consume it. When mercury is consumed by fish, it winds up in our food chain as it is consumed by other carnivorous fish and by humans.

For years Americans have been cautioned against eating too much of some fish, and avoiding other varieties altogether. Care2.com shares a fish mercury calculator to show which fish is most safe. AmericanPregnancy.org lists shark, orange roughy, and ahi tuna on the “avoid” list. They advise that high-mercury fish like sea bass, canned tuna, and grouper can be eaten in no more than three six-ounce servings in a month. Low-mercury fish, like cod, lobster, and mahi mahi, can be consumed in six six-ounce servings in a month. The fish with the lowest mercury contamination can be eaten in six-ounce servings twice a week, which is a popular nutritionist recommendation. These fish include catfish, clams, oysters, salmon, and tilapia.

When eaten, the toxic chemicals that are leached into the bodies of fish and shellfish are then transferred to our bodies, where mercury poisoning can be responsible for illnesses, like bronchitis and asthma attacks, and even death. The White Houses cited $90 billion in “health and economic benefits to society.”

In a report from the White House yesterday, the new proposed standards from the EPA will help to prevent deaths and illnesses that come from too much mercury consumption. This can include:

  • Up to 11,000 premature deaths
  • 2,800 cases of chronic bronchitis
  • 4,700 heart attacks
  • 130,000 asthma attacks
  • 5,700 hospital and emergency room visits
  • 540,000 days when people miss work or school.

“These sensible new standards were developed with extensive input from the public as well as industry and can be implemented with widely available and cost-effective pollution control technology,” said the White House in its statement. The new standards are the culmination and completion of 20 years worth of work.

No doubt, in the days ahead, this will present another opportunity for bipartisanship to rear its head. At DietsInReview.com, Jason Knapfel explained one reason for the anticipated divisiveness – “Republicans and industry opponents claim that the measures are so extreme that they will cause rolling blackouts throughout the country.” The White House defends that an independent study from the Department of Energy “shows clearly that is not the case.”

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6:57PM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Well, he can't fight it on his own!

11:48PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

We have to fight now to preserve and protect the environment on which we depend. We're all going to have to act now...either by supporting the people who will move us in the right direction or get personally involved ourselves. The earth in the long run could survive us and eventually heal..but the question is...can we survive us?

7:02PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

We have to start somewhere................

5:18PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

"I'm afraid of violence coming," he told a crowd of more than 600 in Bettendorf, Iowa. "When you see what the government is preparing for, and the arrests and military law, and the demonstrations in the streets, some people aren't going to be convinced so easily that you don't owe them a living." Ron Paul, Congressman (R) Texas

The man who might win the Republican Party's first presidential nominating contest fears that the United Nations may take control of the U.S. money supply.

The fear that he speaks to, is founded in the same people who would Frack America to pieces.

So there you have it, fracking is but one of the great threats that poised at tearing this once, great Republic apart.

The only question that remains is...What part are you willing to play to preserve democracy, secure your liberties and freedoms...ultimately, save this Republic from destruction.

5:02PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

America, Just say, No Fracking Way!

Are you willing to surrender your drinking water, your future, to the recovery of so little resource potential, just to realize that your children are dying due to Leukemia or any number of blood related disorders, and that is just to name a few.

The road to energy independence is ladened with decisions, but we have to get them right the first time. With Freaking Fracking, we can gain more fuel to waste, perhaps that is the problem, this Republic and its people have been reduced to mere consumers, and wasteful ones, at that.

The answer lies in you, not in Freaking Fracking, the risk great...are you willing to accept possible premature death for you or a family member.

Question "their" Authority...Demand Answers.

We are quickly arriving at a place in time that will test each citizen of this Republic, prepare yourselves, get involved, stay involved.

8:39AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Obama Fights for Cleaner Air & Water??? He is??? He Promotes "Natural Gas" as The Clean Alternate. It is the WORST of ALL. There IS A Lot of Fracking Going on??? Our Streams, Rivers, and WELLS are being Poisoned. No One is Helping on this issue.

12:55AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Good that he even tries no matter the reason!!!

11:58PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

The Affordable Care Act, President Obama's health-care overhaul passed by Congress last year, was designed to make it easier for Americans in situations like Verone's to get health insurance BTW check "Penny Medical" for more information

7:33PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

Victoria P., contrary to what you may believe, automatic cynicism is just as sure a sign of intellectual vacuity as automatic unconditional acceptance.
In this case, investigation of the extent and effects of Mercury poisoning was started 20 years ago (presumably under the auspices of George Herbert Walker Bush, a Republican president) and is now completed. The findings are such that it would be criminal negligence to delay pollution control any longer.
The reason that there may be power outages is that the coal barons will pass the cost on to maintenance, the workers and the public rather than tighten their own belts and buy fewer super luxury mansion for themselves next year

3:48PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

I just saw a TV ad by an evangelical group supporting clean air standards and nearly fell out of my chair. I hope the President will reach out to these people.

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