Thank God for the EPA. They’ve alerted us to the danger lurking in FISH. The EPA has set their monolithic eyes on the mercury in fish and decided it has to be stopped despite proof that it has been there forever. They say it is killing us and causing brain damage in our children based on no facts. The EPA is a power mad bureaucracy with an ideologically dumbed-down knowledge base. It reassures me to know that they are clearly out of control.
For eons, mercury has been present in nature, including, but not limited to, water, soil, trees, air, fish, animals, humans. The Japanese have been living off fish for centuries and have one of the longest life spans of any country. We’ve been told for years to include fish in our diets because of its known benefits.
Now along comes the EPA, armed with no evidence, passing untenable regulations to drastically reduce the mercury emissions in coal plants (since they noticed not-so-brilliantly that it appears in fish). These regulations will kill untold jobs and will raise energy costs astronomically.
The Wall Street Journal reports that, The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued 946 pages of new rules requiring that U.S. power plants sharply reduce their (already low) emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that while the regulations will cost electricity producers $10.9 billion annually, they will save 17,000 lives and generate up to $140 billion in health benefits.
There is no factual basis for these assertions. To build its case against mercury, the EPA systematically ignored evidence and clinical studies that contradict its regulatory agenda, which is to punish hydrocarbon use…All these emissions enter the global atmospheric system and become part of the U.S. air mass. Since our power plants account for less than 0.5% of all the mercury in the air we breathe, eliminating every milligram of it will do nothing about the other 99.5% in our atmosphere.
In the face of these minuscule risks, the EPA nevertheless demands that utility companies spend billions every year retrofitting coal-fired power plants that produce half of all U.S. electricity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which actively monitors mercury exposure, blood mercury counts for U.S. women and children decreased steadily from 1999-2008, placing today’s counts well below the already excessively safe level established by the EPA. A 17-year evaluation of mercury risk to babies and children by the Seychelles Children Development Study found “no measurable cognitive or behavioral effects” in children who eat several servings of ocean fish every week, much more than most Americans do. Read here: Coal plants & electricity will soon be unaffordable for the middle class