If you caught that great RFK, Jr. speech I posted a few weeks back you know about this already, but man, this pisses me off. Critics had previously charged that the Bush team of political appointees atop the EPA systematically watered down legally mandated regulation of mercury released into the air by coal-fired power plants. The Bush appointees at EPA naturallly denied doing so, so a group of senators called for an internal EPA audit. Now, who do you think was telling the truth? EPA cooked mercury rule, agency inspector reports.
Keeping mercury out of the environment is not some abstract aesthetic goal of touchy-feely granola-eating backpackers. Mercury pollution has proven negative consequences for human populations, including severe impacts on proper brain development in young children.
So think what this means: In a choice between protecting America’s children or protecting energy companies, Bush sides with the energy companies.
Attention red-state voters: Your “moral values” are showing.