White House quietly shelves MTBE /
We must not let this bastard get away with shit he, well, gets away with.
The White House naturally will reward donors who give a million bucks to the Republicans. Do they care that MTBE ruins drinking water /ask Santa Monica
? Of course not!
Why would they care if their driving German luxury cars? As long as their bottom line is fat, they can buy Evian
water, let the others drink turpentine!
Special interests slather the Re-pork-icans (OINK!) with lardgess and they get a return on their investments.
How do they look at themselves in their gilded mirrors?
I say make Bush drink this water...yeah, AS IF!
more from the article
It said: "The use of MTBE as an additive in gasoline presents an unreasonable risk to the environment."
The EPA document went on to say that "low levels of MTBE can render drinking water supplies unpotable due to its offensive taste and odor," and the additive should be phased out over four years.
"Unlike other components of gasoline, MTBE dissolves and spreads readily in the ground water ... resists biodegradation and is more difficult and costly to remove."
People say MTBE-contaminated water tastes like turpentine.
In Santa Monica, Calif., the oil industry will pay hundreds of millions of dollars because the additive contaminated the city's water supply.
"We're the poster child for MTBE, and it could take decades to clean this up," said Joseph Lawrence, the assistant city attorney.
Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, issued a statement Sunday calling the MTBE matter a case of the Bush administration "yet again putting special interests over America's interest." He pledged to "take on the big oil and gas companies and fight for clean water and a clean environment."
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said, "If the White House had not rejected this regulation, MTBE would be virtually eliminated by now and our groundwater would be protected." Waxman is the ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee.
On their own, 17 states banned the additive and dozens of communities are suing the oil industry.
Do you think Bush would take a nice draught from one of these places?
Maybe he should, then he would maybe give a shit about ground and drinking water.