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  •  Thank you for this optimistic note Lenny. I agree (0+ / 0-)

    with what you say here. And, we are seeing improvements not just in the United States but around the world in places one might not expect.

    I had the good fortune to play a small role in a project that led one rapidly emerging South East Asian nation add a Minister without Portfolio for the Environment, which symbolically was "sort of " like establishing an EPA there and could be thought of a precursor to it at least.

    One heck of a surprise I learned there was some of the strongest and most effective advocates for tighter environmental regulation there were the CEOs or European electronic firms who were tired of having to compete ad a disadvantage against smaller less well known local emerging firms which had less strict environmental corporate policies.

    We project was funded and started by a group of independent academics without government funding so as to appear and be independent and credible. We went over budget and had a funding crisis.

    The CEO of Phillips Electronics offered to put up all of the needed remaining funds which generated tremendous suspicious among the local scholars that they wished to co-opt the results.

    He explained not at all, no strings attached. He explained that there was no one in that country that wanted a properly regulated hazardous waste facility there as his employees were all Dutch PhDs and would not improperly dump toxic chemicals into the environment like the local competition was doing. So he was stuck keeping it on site at great expense and hazard to his employees.

    "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

    by HoundDog on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 06:57:59 PM PDT

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