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A special place in hell…

Today’s fact:

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.

Pollution is pollution is pollution. We either rein it in or eventually fall prey to it. And to think I once voted for some Republicans. Never again.

Pollution is pollution is pollution. We either rein it in or eventually fall victim to our excesses. And to think I once voted for some Republicans. Never again. But they will get their comeuppance in due time.

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.

Nice going.

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.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility ( I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen these single pagers as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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