Archive for the ‘Politics, “now with Religion”’ Category

Rain Causes Cancer!

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

… But Only In California

Even rain water cannot meet California’s proposed limits on hexavalent chromium ( aka chromium-6, Cr(VI), “Erin Brockovich Chemical” ).   The .06 ppb ( part per billion ) limit is more stringent that the .08 ppb actually present in rainwater.  ( See Kieber et al, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2002, 36 (24), pp 5321–5327 )  In fact, certain areas have rainwater which greatly exceed the the proposed standard, with 10 to 30 times higher concentrations.

Let the Enviro-Scare Begin

In the shadow of California’s announcement, various environmental groups and the Water Purification Industrial Complex have jumped on the bandwagon.   The EWG’s report makes it sounds as if most municipal water supplies are unsafe, cause cancer, and so on.   They disclose their bias with the cover of the report:

From this pipe, to your baby's sippy cup.

And on the landing page for their chromium web site:

"You may already be dead!"

But read the report.    With the exception of Norman, OK the highest levels detected were within 10 times the amount found in rain water.   So if this is such a ghastly toxin, its practically everywhere in comparable amounts.   If its in the rain, its in your vegetable garden.


Finally A Way To Stop WikiLeaks!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

I don’t know what “diplomatic strength” underwear is, but I assume its capable of dealing with a lot of stupid crap.   With the volume of WikiLeaks, I assume these are super absorbent indeed.

Pick Your Poison… Please!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

So I’ve been informed that my biomass  burning heating appliance is bad for the environment, compared with rubbing two stick together, living like a hermit, or moving to a tropical paradise.

Oh, come on, how could something so pretty be so deadly?   Lets find out…


Whoever Dealt It…

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Environmentalists always point to the science when it comes to Global Warming.   But it seems the science was selectively sidestepped in Gasland.   Most notably, the Gasland claim that natural gas from deep well fracking operations in Colorado was showing up in drinking water wells of nearby residents.   Its a juicy story, and what environmentalists want to hear, so it must be true.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc

If someone drilled a gas well next door, and suddenly my drinking water got all bubbly and stinky, I’d probably draw the same fallacious conclusion: “Its those damn wells!   Now please cut me my check!”   And if you lived in Dimock, PA you’d have been right!   But in the case of the Colorado residents, not so much.

Gasland presents a very simple reality: big Gas, in collusion with state, local, and federal officials, sanction the wholesale rape of the planet.   Sometimes the truth is complicated, even inconvenient. And a complex truth is easily set aside for a simple salacious headline.

In this case the assumption is that methane in the drinking water wells is from the gas wells.   And how would we know?   Methane is methane?   Right?  And they are drilling into huge deposits of high pressure gas.  So where else can it come from?