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  •  Tap water is a deceptive concept. (7+ / 0-)

    Tap water is typically water that's been collected and "treated" to drinking water standards and distributed to households for a fee.  It is not clean water as all sources of fresh water (as opposed to salt water) used to be before human industrial activities managed to introduce pollutants into most surface and underground water bodies. Since water can be cleaned for a fee, engineers rationalize that there's nothing to worry about.  No worry about making things dirty, if they can be cleaned.  That this is inefficient and a waste of time does not concern industrial enterprise which considers other people's time a free good for them.

    That modern humans live somewhat longer on average, but have less disposable time is not a topic that receives much coverage in an industrial clime. People are supposed to be busy at work; idle hands are the devil's workshop.  The extent to which our industrial culture supports moral strictures is really quite amazing. It all proceeds from the preconceived notion that humans are born bad and must be coerced to be good--i.e. do what they are told. That is, of course, a necessary predicate for people who need others to work for them without question.

    One more thing to keep in mind is that "regulation" aims to make processes and procedures regular and keep them from occurring randomly, as it does in nature.  "Regulation" responds to the  human impulse to make things orderly and predictable.
    The notion that regularizing pollution will reduce or eliminate it is an illusion.  Regulating pollution makes it easier to keep track of and record in accounts. Then, if it is ever definitively demonstrated that there is a direct connection between some level of pollution and some specific harm to some specific persons, there will be a predicate for ordering a reduction to a level that, we can only hope, will do no immediate harm.
    Regulations do nothing to affect the underlying assumption that nature serves as the repository of man's waste--i.e. that nature exists to be exploited and to serve as man's toilet. It's what humans have always done--excreted without giving much thought to where it goes. That there is a significant difference between organic wastes and industrial toxins and man-made concentrates simply doesn't register with people who don't think much--or don't want to think about excretions at all.
    Birds seem to know not to foul their own nest.  Humans seem more inclined to "let George do it."
    Why that is, is a puzzlement.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Thu Nov 24, 2011 at 02:44:36 AM PST

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    •  Good points... (4+ / 0-)

      ...and for people like myself, tap water comes directly from my artesian well. It is filtered and treated for "hardness" with potassium chloride tablets in my basement.

      My tap water is critical to my well being. These nat gas companies that can destroy one of our last pure natural resources, clean water, with impunity have no place in our society. I will defend my water as much as necessary because my life depends on it.

      -7.5 -7.28, I refuse to believe corporations are people until Texas executes one.

      by Blueslide on Thu Nov 24, 2011 at 09:04:19 AM PST

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      •  Our well water is also very clean (1+ / 0-)
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        And I am grateful that VT is entirely devoid of "shale in play" on the map above.

        I just wish the same were true for everyone.

        Really, the best and most effective thing we can do to counter these greedy energy suppliers is to use as little energy as possible. Turn electrical things off, don't drive unless we MUST, insulate the heck out of our homes, change to the most efficient lightbulbs we can find (many LEDs now available at big box stores), and use the most efficient appliances possible.

        We have to "occupy our energy use" if we want any hope of reining these people in.

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