Hallelujah! HERE is a breaking Bernie moment/movement to expose lobbyist’s gifts!!!
Mark Armstrong reported of central Louisiana on WBRZ May 4 2016 that Representative Terry Brown of Colfax Louisana made an accusation while addressing a legislative committee that he wouldn’t be bought out by lobbyists and the company they work for.
Brown claimed he was to get the recognition of gifts (investments in Grant Parish) in his district and “be a hero” if he agreed to help kill HB11 that HE co-authored!
Brown earlier said in The Town Talk news,
“It’s about the health and welfare of our community”.
Exposing these lobbyists efforts by Rep Brown, is a BERNIEfied example of the precautionary principle in action by a MORAL public official in being protective of public & environmental health.
HB11 aims to prohibit the open burning of toxic munitions and explosives at the Clean Harbors Colfax facility. Clean Harbors LLC is tasked with treating, storing, & disposing of hazardous waste from our sweet government and “anyone with energetic and reactive wastes….”.
This limited liability company has changed owners over the years (ouch) and in my opinion their name, Clean Harbors, does not reflect their actions in NOT investing to use closed incineration. This move from open burning to utilizing appropriate incineration equipment should be a requirement in every business model that uses open flames. For me as a breather and a blogger, I would like to include restaurants in this endeavor because we do smell them and our nose is the best indicator of airborne pollution and particulates is harmful to our lungs.
Brown went on to say in The Town Talk news that “if Clean Harbors Colfax wants to be a good corporate neighbor, it should change its burning operations to closed-container burning similar to what will be used at Camp Minden to burn nearly 16 million pounds of M6 propellant…All they have to do is spend $15 million to $25 million to fix it”.
We have seen this with fracking where they choose NOT to invest in BACT best available (emission) control technologies. In Arlington (gasland) TX, we have a limp fracking ordinance allowing indirect venting with OPEN hatch flowback tanks. Our Arlington City Council lobbies for their Arlington Tomorrow Fund (that they manage) through their votes to approve sites and in their inaction to mandate BACT to use pressurized, closed, ventless, flowback tanks.
Texas’s HB40 Ban-on-fracking-Bans is similar to the PUSHBACK on Louisiana’s HB11 Ban-on-Open-Burning.
UNTIL MORE MORALLY OBLIGATED POLITICIANS STEP UP LIKE Rep. Brown, it is up to the public to demand all companies invest in state of the art emission control technologies in this era of run away climate change.
We must use our voices to contact our representatives even as we are tired from a long days work…we are tenants on this increasingly hostile planet and must pay rent to (our now hot tempered) Mother Nature who will toss us out in her premature timed heartbeat.
For me it is clear that we MUST force our representatives to build a carbon tax into every aspect of UNsustainable activities. The end cost to human health is not affordable in “growing the economy at any expense”.
To put it bluntly… we have NOT yet invented the currency to buy a LIVEABLE planet.
We are ON TRACK (or should I say “on frack”) to continue destroying the future with CONSUMPTION sickness. If only we can ALL see how we have been brain washed and demoralized by buying into the status quo in our consumerism.
In the meantime, we have Representative Terry Brown and Senator Sanders to thank for their leadership thus far in calling out the lobbyists.
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