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  •  Endocrine disruptors an EPA/FDA issue (9+ / 0-)

    For a while now, the Democratic response has been to rely on regulatory agencies to deal with public health threats like these to avoid the political battle. There was a reason every GOP primary candidate for president in 2012 said that he or she wanted to abolish the EPA.

    For the GOP, "EPA" is code for "please each and every corporate donor currently polluting or endangering health or importing improperly made objects." For the Democratic Party, EPA and FDA represent an "apolitical" way of accomplishing something which really should be apolitical. However, in an environment where the corporations have unlimited campaign contributions, it's anything but.

    The next strategic move would be to allow heroic standard bearers to make the bans on endocrine disruptors -- by better drinking water standards, bans on manufacturing, reclassification of landfill, etc. (viz. the BPA fight). "Banned in California" can lead to "banned," and "Meets California emissions standards" can be a sticker that folks in Mississippi look for on a lawn mower. (Remember when CRT monitors started to have "Meets Swedish health and safety standards" on them?)

    It shouldn't be that way -- where we have to win in a state here or there -- because the corporations can overwhelm a state with cash, but Citizens United has made our regulatory bodies political canaries.

    Everyone's innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 06:01:10 AM PST

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