Thursday, March 24, 2005


Envrionmental Concerns That Matter

In the wake of yesterday's refinery accident, we are likely to hear about all sorts of environmental consequences, from higher cancer rates in neighboring counties to the birds killed in the blast.

I just want to remind everybody that 14 people died in this accident and hundreds were injured -- that is what matters. The rest of it is a sideshow. I am far more interested in solving the problem that lead to the blast than I am in making sure the birds that got covered with ash are OK.

The refinery company is going to be tied up in litigation with the families of the fatalities and likely ending up with the World Wildlife Fund. In the end only the lawyers will be rewarded and 14 people will still be dead. I bet they are a good company and will take care of the families. They should ignore the WWF.


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