It is estimated that anywhere from 25 to 40 percent of the national solid waste stream is building-related waste and only 20 percent of construction waste or demolition debris (C&D) is actually recycled. (American Institute of Architects)
So now come U.S. House Republicans with more anti-global warming lunacy. The temptation is to call them idiots, but you already know that. Lunacy in denial of a growing mountain of scientific finding is much more apt. I’m straying from my home turf of litter today in large part because pollution in its many forms is still pollution.
The Republican dominated House passed a bill (the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act by a vote of 232-183, mostly along party lines) that in essence declares carbon pollution isn’t a problem. In part, the GOP objects to any suggestion to implement a tax on industry carbon emissions. The demagogues insist there are too many regulations that are inherently unfriendly to business (i.e. Koch brothers, coal/oil based utilities).
The war on our world warmed up when a committee in the House cast a vote to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from limiting greenhouse gas emissions. It also axed 34 percent from the EPA budget.
I’ll preface my prediction by confessing that the sins of my past-present-future will likely have me meet them there, but there is a special place in hell for these zealots. They turn a completely blind eye to the gift we’ve been given and their zest will contribute to its demise. If it’s warmth they like, they’re about to meet it big time and not on their terms.