quote:I work in the woods as a forester. I have a degree in forest management. I know a whole hell of a lot about the woods, and comparing me and my peers to tree huggers is like night and day. Tree huggers are some of the dumbest, uninformed people I have ever met. You have zero idea how ANY ecosystem actually works. You all just like to have something to bitch about. It amazes me how much we want the same things, but you all have abso-fricking-lutely no idea how to do it. Maybe you should learn a little about what you are whining about before becoming an opponent of land management practices in the US.
I am a tree hugger but in no way do I find federal mandates or laws concerning the proper use of chemicals or land management to be satisfactory
But the fact that Mississippi at one time used states' rights to further a racist agenda does not mean that's what they're trying to do today.
Environmental laws - frick em
I guess it doesn't really surprise me that the attitudes of Southerners regarding states rights hasn't changed very much since the days when George Wallace way yelling, "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!"
Why not just throw tax laws into there also
You think bureaucrats in D.C. know what is better for Louisiana's environment than people elected by the citizens of Louisiana? Why do you put so much trust and faith in people so far away who are not accountable to you?
Louisiana is among the worst states at enforcing federal clean air, clean water and hazardous waste laws, and the Environmental Protection Agency should either force Louisiana and fellow laggards to do a better job, or enforce the laws itself, according to a report released Monday by EPA’s inspector general.
The report does not spotlight specific environmental problems caused by Louisiana’s lax regulatory regime, focusing instead on a broad failure to carry out required inspections and cite violators. It concludes that the weak enforcement might be driven in part by “a culture in which the state agency is expected to protect industry.”
Citizen groups have frequently targeted the state agency charged with enforcing federal environmental laws: the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. One complaint against DEQ in 2001 triggered a comprehensive audit by the EPA, resulting in major changes in state enforcement.
But even with the changes, Louisiana ranks so low compared with other states in the percentage of major facilities inspected, the number of violations found at those facilities, and the frequency in which the state issued a penalty for violations that the inspector general’s office highlighted it in the new report.
“Although the state has completed the recommended actions, the state’s poor performance persisted,” the report said. Louisiana, it notes, still has the lowest enforcement activity level in EPA’s Region 6, which also includes Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
“State, EPA regional, and external interview responses attributed Louisiana’s poor performance to several factors, including a lack of resources, natural disasters, and a culture in which the state agency is expected to protect industry,” said the report, signed by EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins.
It expressly states the fed can do X, Y, and Z.
Yes, the states are subservient in those issues, BUT THERE IS NO LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO FOLLOW ANYTHING BUT THOSE.
It concludes that the weak enforcement might be driven in part by “a culture in which the state agency is expected to protect industry.”