Why are Republicans Idiots?
- I am a rare political creature, a Conservative John Muir conservationist. I have watched for decades as my fellow "Conservatives" scream big government and oppose every possible control on pollution. Why Conservatives want our air and waterways to look like the open sewer of polluted China is beyond me.
- 10th Amendment - With the GOP Congress in its typical do nothing mode we see Democrat California and Illinois take on the pollution of our water and fish by plastic microbeads. God Bless the 10th Amendment and the Bill of Rights.
(Los Angeles Times) - A day after the Senate failed to muster the votes needed, lawmakers on Friday approved an amended bill that would prohibit the sale of personal-care products that contain plastic microbeads, starting in 2020.
Sen. Ben Hueso (D-Logan Heights) said microbeads are a “significant source of pollution in our water bodies, including the Los Angeles River and San Francisco Bay.”
The measure was changed to exempt natural exfoliates and eliminate a requirement to have the state Department of Toxic Substances Control to review alternative plastic microbeads.
Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) had opposed the bill Thursday but said the new bill allows room and time for the industry to come up with alternatives.
“Can we come up with a new technology that biodegrades quicker,” and is less harmful to wildlife, Hertzberg asked before voting for AB 888 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica).
Republicans including Sen. Joel Anderson of San Diego opposed the bill, saying it would hurt an industry that is innovating.
“This is a heavy-handed bill that will deny solutions from the marketplace,” Anderson told his colleagues.
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Plastic Microbead Pollution
Though a handful of other states have already passed microbead bans, California's is by far the most stringent, as it doesn't provide exemptions for "biodegradeable" plastics. (No plastics have proven to break down in marine environments so far.) Because California makes up roughly one-eighth of the American market for personal care products, the legislation will likely change the way the products are designed throughout the United States.
Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble lobbied against the bill, which is expected to pass the State Assembly next week and be signed into law within the month.
Environmental advocates have expressed concern over microbeads for years, as the particles are so small that they aren't caught in wastewater treatment plants and end up in waterways and oceans, where they don't biodegrade and are frequently mistaken for food by fish and other marine animals. There are an estimated 300,000 microbeads in a single tube of face wash; collectively, roughly 300 tons of the plastic ends up in US waterways each year.
"Toxic microbeads are accumulating in our rivers, lakes and oceans at alarmingly high levels. We can and must act now," said assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), who authored the bill. "Continuing to use these harmful and unnecessary plastics when natural alternatives are widely available is simply irresponsible and will only result in significant cleanups costs to taxpayers who will have to foot the bill to restore our already limited water resources and ocean health."Read More . . . .
|Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir in Yosemite|
Where are the Theodore Roosevelt Republicans? There is no reason we cannot be pro-business and pro-environment. That is just common sense,
In Yosemite with John Muir
By Theodore Roosevelt - When I first visited California, it was my good fortune to see the "big trees," the Sequoias, and then to travel down into the Yosemite, with John Muir. Of course of all people in the world he was the one with whom it was best worth while thus to see the Yosemite. He told me that when Emerson came to California he tried to get him to come out and camp with him, for that was the only way in which to see at their best the majesty and charm of the Sierras. But at the time Emerson was getting old and could not go.
John Muir met me with a couple of packers and two mules to carry our tent, bedding, and food for a three days' trip. The first night was clear, and we lay down in the darkening aisles of the great Sequoia grove. The majestic trunks, beautiful in color and in symmetry, rose round us like the pillars of a mightier cathedral than ever was conceived even by the fervor of the Middle Ages. Hermit thrushes sang beautifully in the evening, and again, with a burst of wonderful music, at dawn.
I was interested and a little surprised to find that, unlike John Burroughs, John Muir cared little for birds or bird songs, and knew little about them. The hermit-thrushes meant nothing to him, the trees and the flowers and the cliffs everything. The only birds he noticed or cared for were some that were very conspicuous, such as the water-ouzels always particular favorites of mine too. The second night we camped in a snow-storm, on the edge of the cañon walls, under the spreading limbs of a grove of mighty silver fir; and next day we went down into the wonderland of the valley itself. I shall always be glad that I was in the Yosemite with John Muir and in the Yellowstone with John Burroughs.
Source: Theodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography (1913) (More)