[Intelforum] enviro hazards
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From: DLVinvest at cs.com
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2005 13:25:19 EST
Subject: Re: enviro hazards
To: intelforum at lists101.his.com
MODERATOR'S Note (Mike Dravis): Additional contributions to this thread
should substantially address intelligence topics.
In a message dated 12/23/05 6:15:37 AM Mountain Standard Time,
intelforum at lists101.his.com writes:
>Industry has been ignoring, bypassing, and otherwise avoiding
>environmental reporting requirements since before Rachel Carson was
>born. These problems can no more be blamed on post-9/11 legislation than
>they can be blamed on the Great Flood.
Your first sentence is correct only insofar as such requirements
existed, precisely because the impulse of every capitalist enterprise
is to foist the social costs of production, including environmental
consequences, onto others or the public at-large via the state, as
"externalities" in order to boost the bottom-line profit. The insight
that each enterprise and perhaps even individual as "rational
economic man" resists the internalization of such externalities is
well-accepted in political economy of every ideological tendency. As
for the second sentence, you are mistaken: I specifically referred to
post-9/11 exemptions to public disclosure of certain industrial
processes, including "downstream" effluents and by-products from
which sources and precursors might be deduced or inferred, on grounds
of "national security" under lesser-known provisions of the so-called
"Patriot" Act and Homeland Security Act. But if you doubt me, instead
of passing the buck to Noah, you may go to Findlaw on-line to look
them up, and they have been discussed in critiques of the legislation
and debates over their extension.
Douglas L. Vaughan, Jr.
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