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2013-02-24 11:32:51 AM
8 votes:
I think i'm starting to like the EPA a lot more than I did before reading that article...
2013-02-24 03:43:54 PM
6 votes:
EPA.  Textbook example of the 'When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all' principle.  EPA gets a lot of hate, but we've got it really, really good because of their efforts.  Yes, it complicates things. Yes, its absolutely worth the hassle.
2013-02-24 12:43:07 PM
3 votes:

Weaver95: I think i'm starting to like the EPA a lot more than I did before reading that article...


i105.photobucket.com

The EPA is a large part of the reason why the Cuyahoga River does't catch fire any more.

This is what the Cuyahoga looked like in the 1960s:
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This is what the Cuyahoga River looks like today:
i105.photobucket.com
2013-02-24 04:02:44 PM
2 votes:
farm3.static.flickr.com

The Mississippi at St Paul.

A hundred years ago it was an open sewer that it's said was topped by thousands of floating Mr Hankeys.
2013-02-24 03:43:23 PM
2 votes:
When governments or people disregard the notion of "don't shiat where you drink" they've already become less logical than cultures thousands of years before them.
2013-02-24 11:58:59 AM
2 votes:
Most people see pollution in those rivers, Republicans see jobs... because they're idiots.
2013-02-24 11:41:37 AM
2 votes:

Weaver95: I think i'm starting to like the EPA a lot more than I did before reading that article...


Seconded.
2013-02-24 08:45:55 PM
1 votes:

PhiloeBedoe: Robe-shaped...


Oh Damn. I got that one.
2013-02-24 04:46:47 PM
1 votes:

FloydA: Foxxinnia: I wasn't around in the 70s so I have no first-hand knowledge of the subject, but my understanding is that this country use to be farking filthy back in the day. Like trash everywhere. Can someone from that time compare and contrast this for me?

Your understanding is quite accurate.  The sides of most highways were lined a couple of feet deep with junk that people had thrown out of their cars- and not just cigarette butts and coke cans, but old mattresses, broken washing machines, etc.



The roadside trash is what I remember best.  People just didnt give a shiat.

Twice a year, back in the 70s,  my grandma would have me and a couple buddies clean out the little woods / raspberry patch in her front yard of empty 1 gallon plastic containers that had been used by people to dispose of their used motor oil.  There'd usually be dozens of them.

Across the street was a recycle dump for the oil and people would walk across and simply toss the empties into her front yard / woods.

So, even the people responsible enough to not dump used oil down the sink or pour it out on a designated patch of dirt somewhere, still thought nothing of tossing the empties any old where.
2013-02-24 04:44:20 PM
1 votes:

thrasherrr: It's finding places for things like carcinogen contamininated asbestos insulation to go.


How about the offices of PNAC, the hotel where CPAC is being hosted, or even one of the several Koch mansions?
2013-02-24 04:30:19 PM
1 votes:

Foxxinnia: I wasn't around in the 70s so I have no first-hand knowledge of the subject, but my understanding is that this country use to be farking filthy back in the day. Like trash everywhere. Can someone from that time compare and contrast this for me?


Your understanding is quite accurate.  The sides of most highways were lined a couple of feet deep with junk that people had thrown out of their cars- and not just cigarette butts and coke cans, but old mattresses, broken washing machines, etc.  When I was a kid, we regularly had school cancellations due do air quality problems.  I posted a picture up thread of the Cuyahoga river on fire, and that wasn't the only one.  It was so bad that we had to hire an Italian guy to pretend to be an Indian in a TV commercial, because we couldn't find any actual Indians in all the smog.
2013-02-24 04:28:16 PM
1 votes:

MemeSlave: Weaver95: I think i'm starting to like the EPA a lot more than I did before reading that article...

Right, because without them, nobody cared about pollution.

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They didn't and still don't you fool. The Republican wingnuts have been trying for decades to expand the allotment of pollution allowed in our water systems.

Teddy would shoot the modern Republican party in the faces and dump the body in the ocean.
2013-02-24 04:10:52 PM
1 votes:

FloydA: Weaver95: I think i'm starting to like the EPA a lot more than I did before reading that article...

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The EPA is a large part of the reason why the Cuyahoga River does't catch fire any more.

This is what the Cuyahoga looked like in the 1960s:
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This is what the Cuyahoga River looks like today:
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Every time a libertarian friend of mine complains that anti-pollution regs are too strict, I think of pictures like that. The EPA exists to prevent the Tragedy of the Commons, and it's done a very good job.
2013-02-24 04:07:48 PM
1 votes:

texdent: What a river looks like
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I see your post and raise you:

firefly.withoutshadow.com
2013-02-24 04:02:15 PM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-02-24 03:52:59 PM
1 votes:
www.gccreativestudio.com
jinminzhou.com
2013-02-24 03:51:54 PM
1 votes:
A river in the unspoiled mountains of Nepal: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f02_1356013758

/still can't figure out how to do nice hyperlinks with this new editor...
2013-02-24 03:49:19 PM
1 votes:

encyclopediaplushuman: When governments or people disregard the notion of "don't shiat where you drink" they've already become less logical than cultures thousands of years before them.


Wat?
www.dw.de
2013-02-24 03:41:12 PM
1 votes:
Summer Glau.
2013-02-24 12:46:26 PM
1 votes:
I could walk to the Hudson in five minutes.  Forty years ago, this would have been nothing to brag about.
2013-02-24 11:55:10 AM
1 votes:

Weaver95: I think i'm starting to like the EPA a lot more than I did before reading that article...


And there are a slew of people out there that would consider the EPA 'Communist'.
2013-02-24 11:19:49 AM
1 votes:
Robe-shaped...
 
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