Friday March 8, 2013, 6:19 am
Most of you know that I live in Portland, which is located at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Up the river from me is one of the most critical environmental threats in the US, one that could devastate millions of people. It appears that the Republican sequester may increase that risk significantly.
Friday March 8, 2013, 6:31 am
Environmental disasters are not something Republicans would be interested in. They are paying homage to large corporations helping to fund our futile wars. What I find most disturbing when reading this is that although they've been working on these leaks for years, new leaks have sprung up. Obviously more needs to be done and quickly.
Friday March 8, 2013, 7:16 am
when I lived in Maine, the worst problem was the stink from livermore falls,and all the
paper production mills........kind of thought of that.....this is 1000 times more dangerous
Maine is such a quiet place,nobody ever hears anything about it.
Friday March 8, 2013, 8:35 am
"Republicans are seeking to insulate the Defense Department from the random nature of the sequester cuts, and I have no problem with that. However they want to limit it to defense. If we are going to allow directed defense cuts, we most also allow directed domestic cuts so that we can cut things like corporate subsidies and leave in place those programs that we need most, like care for the poor and environmental disasters."
Exactly. No way on earth should one set of cuts be treated differently than another, sauce for the goose and all that. If they are going to make specific exception in one portion, then they must allow the same in the other. Better yet would be to get off their lazy, narcissistic, camera loving rear ends and FIX the mess THEY created. I swear these people are more glory hounds than the entertainment industry, a day without their name or picture in the media is like a day spent in the vacuum of space, where, actually, a goodly number of them would be better off, or the country would be for their absence. FIX it. Stop posturing, posing and pontificating and do the job you were elected to do. Operate the national government fairly and on behalf of ALL people, not just members of your own particular pack. Though you act like wolves, you are not wolves, you are sheep and nothing demonstrates that more clearly than the sight of the lot of you covered in the stink of this artificial mess you've created for a few more photo ops.
Friday March 8, 2013, 11:39 am
There are TWO ways to be famous, each with an entirely OPPOSITE connotation. They need to learn the diference between "glory" and "notarity". (I know I know they don't LEARN anything just bear with me for the thought. LoL)
Glory...for doing good.
Notarity...for being BAD.
They will go into the history books just not in the manner they wish.
Bright note : IF Haliburton can be trusted (yah right) ... they have developed a new "nontoxic" injection fluid for fracking.
This information about the nuclear clean up in your area TomCat is more than potentially disastrous, if not done soon and done well it will be a catastrophe.
Fracking is the process of fracturing the mountain ranges under the surface of the earth, without using something like dynamite. The process uses hundreds of chemicals, all pose a grave threat to our water sources, our farm lands and to human health, we know this as certain because various forms of fracking have been done for just over a hundred years. I have some serious doubts that Halliburton, or any company has done more than a cursory employment of research into a process that is cheap for them. The consequences of fracturing are less immediate than long term so I'm inclined to think this "new process" is more PR than reality,
Friday March 8, 2013, 7:47 pm
Thanks Tom for the post. This not the news you want to hear. I am so disgusted with the House Republicans I could spit nails and at this point I'm not pleased with either party. Read and noted.
Friday March 8, 2013, 11:44 pm
Hanford is a colossal SNAFU and FUBAR! This has always been a concern of mine since I first found out about it. It seems governments, those charged with making the decisions about the fruits of our labours, have not learned the lessons of the past such as Love Canal and Three Mile Island. And of course there are others in other countries — Chernobyl comes to mind.
EPA Journal January 1979 Love Canal, NY — a toxic chemical soup that percolated and exploded http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/lovecanal/01.html
Three Mile Island, March 1979 a partial nuclear meltdown affecting the lives of so many http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident
We think we are so damn smart, but we are infantile. We make decisions that have such consequences for years and years to come. This rather reminds me of "Logan's Run", a movie premised on the idea of some cataclysmic event that sent people to build a society underground because the environment had been destroyed. Hundreds of years later, some get out of the underground to find that the earth has repaired itself. Is that what it will take in reality for the earth to recover?
Since these decisions are made over time, it is not just one administration, it is many administrations.
Saturday March 9, 2013, 6:02 am
This is indeed a huge problem but let's not start by pointing fingers. HVHF, nuclear waste are all problems that special interests have covered up or fought against reasonable safeguards such as Harry reid and Yucca Mountain.
Saturday March 9, 2013, 11:04 am
I hate to say this but Obama is a patsy. More and more good people are aware of the need for clean energy.and Obama is supposed to be for them.but the republican agenda of raping the land goes so far back and will always be...until there is nothing left...as the president keeps on infighting with them...all the while as more land is desecrated. Public relations for profit of greed.I hate to see what happens when his term is over and a republican takes the reins...a sad day for the Earth as a whole.
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Sunday March 10, 2013, 9:54 am
Oh My Hat!!! Oh TC – so many people affected by this! I am so horrified I don't know what to say apart from the fact that this is appalling and should have everyone affected and all their friends and relatives LIVID with anger!