Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

clean coal...

For thirty years the Canyon Colliery operated here in the Blue mountains. Zinc-laden run-off from the mine, up to 500 times more polluting than is considered safe, has been allowed to poison the Grose River for years, with the full knowledge of the NSW Dept of Environment and Climate Change.

You can read the full article in the SMH if you're interested, but what really got me was the final sentence in the piece - "The NSW Government has ultimate responsibility for site rehabilitation."

Say what ???

These mongrels come in here, trash the environment, make heaps of money, and then piss off and the tax payers have to foot the bill for the clean-up?

Really???

Still doubt that the poor's duty is to service the rich?

So many pricks, so few bullets... *

* Only joking. I do not advocate or condone the killing of rich greedy folk no matter what they get up to. But I would like to see them put in the stocks occasionally...

6 Comments:

Blogger phil said...

The pricks do need to be punctured...

May 08, 2008 10:06 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

What? The pricks need pricking? Are you suggesting revolution? I was talking to someone today and we agreed that Australia would never have a revolution because the people here were too apathetic.

May 09, 2008 10:31 PM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

thats a pretty raw deal you get.
In the twilight of democracy...the years just before Reagan was propped up in the whitehouse, the US established the EPA and the "super fund" which to which industries that had benefited from polluting had to contribute. This has not been well implemented in all cases but its is about as fair as you could hope for from profit-mad industrialists. Some go belly-up and leave their toxic mess. the EPA assesses the damage and may designate an old factory of mine as a "super fund site" and the money is available for remedial cleanup.

But the EPA is now so corrupt and so in bed with mining and chemicial companies [Bush only appoints people who will overlook horrible pollution and never cause a penny of expense to america's vital industry] that this work is much less often undertaken. Not sure if any money is left in the fund either.

May 11, 2008 12:19 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

We have, like you guys, the best government money can buy. To think I once fought for "free enterprise" (unfettered capitalism). I was an idiot. Mea culpa.

May 14, 2008 1:11 PM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

It turns out the superfund is still around and still fitfully being used to redress the very worst poisonings of the earth. [my bet is that some developer has his sights on some river front real estate that could be bought for a dollar because it is loaded with mercury and arsenic...and a little campaign contribution has loosened the purse strings. but I'll take the good with the bad...at least they are cleaning it up.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/27/science/27dam.html?ex=1369540800&en=e3dc7283bc81ac74&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

May 27, 2008 11:13 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

What is this superfund? Is it taxpayers' money being used to clean up after the tax-avoiders?

May 28, 2008 8:02 PM  

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