Growing up in the 60’s, I was exposed to a lot of world changing events. Of them were some of the roots of the rock and roll music, fast “Muscle” cars, new math ( you are too young if you have no idea what that is), Long hair on boys and men, free love, hippies, Woodstock, the Viet Nam war, Watergate, Nixon resigning from the presidency, men walking on the moon, sputnik, the Cuban Missile Crisis, a presidential assassination, and lastly the environmental movement. I remember the 6 day war between Egypt and Israel. I remember the Shah of Iran coming to power. Countries have changed their names in my lifetime.
Most of those events were things that changed the world forever and I was there to see it all first hand. I learned to sing all of the Beatles songs word for word, experienced the British invasion, watched the television every day to see the news on the Viet Nam war. In the 6th grade I was urged to have my parents and neighbors move their mailboxes from the curb to the front door so the mailman could then walk to deliver mail rather than drive his mail jeep. What I didn’t realize is that this move was an environmental issue that was quietly just coming into view on the world of events. The music of the day urged such things as free love (That means sex with who ever you want with no strings attached), and peace and love and protecting the environment. Being a teenager at the time, I was all for the free love thing, just never found a girl that was as accepting to the idea as I was. Peace I could go for as well because I was rapidly growing old enough to register for the selective service and I had a brother that was already in Viet Nam.
Now comes the Environmental Movement:
I had been exposed to little snippets of this movement on television on a daily basis, mostly with stories on the news about the smog problem in Los Angeles California. I remember seeing live video of the city where the visibility was less than a mile and the air in the valley actually looked brown due to all of the pollutants in the air. I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t want to breathe clean air and this problem definitely needed attention and a solution. Enough people complained and before long they had figured out how to solve this problem. The air was once again clear and the controls put in place definitely enabled the people of Los Angeles to breathe clean air again. All of this was because of the Clean Air Act of 1970, a law that was actually passed by the congress, signed by the president, and put into law.
Believe it or not, the man that led the charge was none other than Richard Nixon, the same man that resigned from office for his involvement in the Watergate break in and cover up. Nixon, with the stroke of a pen, created an executive order that created the Environmental Protection Agency. Yippeee!! A government agency that could oversee all of the bad things people were emitting into the air and dumping into our water and dumping into landfills that would cause sickness and health issues for decades. Other than a few industries that had to modify their equipment to handle the new regulations, few others had any complaints with this new agency and its edicts. There were even a few companies that were dumping hazardous chemicals in places that eventually became housing projects, and caused lifetime illnesses of children. These companies were caught and exposed and fined and/or put out of business for their reckless disregard for the common health and well being of the citizens of the surrounding communities. Again, this was all good things and someone really did need to oversee such things so that we could all live without fear of the air and water killing us.
THE PROBLEMS BEGIN
As with most everything else, any agency, government, or person that is awarded power without limits ultimately becomes too powerful and fails to respond to the people they govern. The EPA is an agency that has operated since 1972 with very little oversight from elected officials, and no accountability to the people they are supposed to be “protecting.” Because of this lack of controls and a very wide interpretation of the laws, they have issued edict after edict that has slowly and surely choked off economic progress and effectively ran manufacturing businesses out of the country and into third world countries where little, if any, controls or regulations exist. A lot of people lost their jobs because of this excessive regulation, including a lot of my friends and family.
As a side note, the same RICHARD NIXON is the same one who normalized relations with Communist China, which opened up free trade with them. I lost my high paying industrial job because of this move, along with 500 of my neighbors. We were in the business to manufacture synthetic Menthol, which is used for everything from ointments for aches and pains, mouthwashes, chewing gums, and cigarette enhancement. We were one of the 2 companies in the world that manufactured Menthol and it was a lucrative business. When relations with China were naturalized, they flooded the market with Natural menthols and used some of the money we gave them to build refining plants that made it possible for them to make all types of menthol. This ended our business in the synthetic markets.
In the mean time ( the early 70’s) the EPA began doing studies on how they could further control other businesses, by controlling their waste products and emissions. They also began controlling the auto industries by providing edicts and rules that governed emissions of automobiles and light trucks.
Somewhere along the line, the Environmental Investigation Agency (a non-governmental Agency) came into being and began taking their view of the world and its pollution at hand and strong armed other countries to pass laws and rules that would make manufacturing in other countries harder and harder. They even branched out into issues such as whale hunting, tree harvesting, and wildlife issues. It is unclear who it is that funds this “agency.” For all we know, they get their funding from a Communist nation, a muslim arab nation, or from doing strong armed robbery by bullying smaller countries into submission as a thug working for the mafia would do.
All of this is good (to an extent) except that it allowed an agency that has people running it and creating “laws” and “rules” without being voted on by the people. This goes against our constitution. but somehow they have managed to stay in power and they keep creating more and more restrictive rules and interpretations of the clean air act that manages to choke off a few more manufacturers every year, effectively running them either out of business all together or running them out of the country to rebuild in some third world country that doesn’t care about pollution issues.
In any way you can explain this, it comes down to regulation without representation, or communism.
They have become so powerful, on a global basis, that even our elected officials are scared of going against them. Of course, when threatened, they begin the cry about causing babies to have lung diseases and unclean drinking water which will cause the demise of all of us. It is not those issues that most people are pissed about, it is the micro-regulation of ALL industries without due representation and a say so in the economic impact of the regulations that has caused the rub.
Effectively, we have allowed this group of individuals to run rampant through our every day lives, creating rules and laws at will, all in the name of protecting mother earth. It is their presentation that we should all live lives that are self sufficient, and not to create any wastes at all. Nice dream, but this takes the world a few BIG steps backwards, and is not forward looking at all. They certainly have reckless abandon as far as the needs of the day in manufacturing. They have effectively brought our national economy to it’s knees single handedly.
More recently we see where Gibson Guitars has come under scrutiny (twice since 2009) from environmentalists who have used armed federal agents to invade their manufacturing plants and seize woods the government claimed was obtained illegally. There has been NO charges brought against Gibson since the first raid in 2009, and so far the explanation of the confiscation of millions of dollars worth of wood and other items has only gone with vague references to some Indian (read INDIA Indians, not American Natives) law that MAY have been violated. This is using a mighty wide brush to come up with a reason and is the first time an american company has had products seized because of a law in another country. Again, this is a cult that is out of control, is doing their best to put an end ot American Manufacturing, and is using our Government;s armed agents and forces to strong arm their policies against the American People. In any other country this power grab would be viewed as a coup but for some reason the American people are going along with it either through ignorance, or apathy. I am not sure which one of these reasons explain the lack of will to do something about it. Perhaps the EPA ad the Federal Government has the people afraid to go against them? Intimidation? The federal government works for “We the People,” not the other way around.
It is my opinion that we have a government agency that is out of control, is infiltrated by the communist party, and needs to be eliminated as soon as possible. Their rules and edicts and laws need to be rescinded back to at least 1980 standards in order to even begin to lure soe of the manufacturers back into the USA so that our people can go to work. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want polluted air or water and I realize that some regulations are needed to protect us all from hazards. I also don’t want regulations and rules being created by people that I don’t get to vote for and whose agenda I don’t agree with.
It is past time to put an end to the EPA and their cronies the EIA.