"While battles are being waged over the Endangered Species Act, wild lands policies, the Clean Air Act and more, I'm taking this column to focus on this week's assault on the Clean Water Act."
It would appear that these people truly believe that life will be better if your assurance of clean drinking water is in the hands of profit making companies. It would be comforting to think they believe that these companies will do a good job because otherwise they'll kill a lot of people and that would be immoral. But that's not it. Or perhaps they think they would do a good job because of the threat of lawsuits. Well, of course not. They want to get rid of those too.
No, the reasoning is that competition will make them do a good job. You see, if a person gets sick from their water they'll be "free" to take their water cleaning business to another company. The fear of losing business will be enough to ensure your that your water isn't riddled with cholera.
At the top of the list is HR 2018 from Reps. Nick Rahall and John Mica, known as the so-called "Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011." This bill would go a long way toward dismantling the Clean Water Act by preventing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from ensuring that states are properly setting clean water standards and enforcing them. Sadly, this bill passed... [...]
It's time for Americans to stand up to Congress's attack on clean water protections. Take action now to thank or shame your Representative for voting for or against HR 2018.