Regulations DO NOT prevent pollution.
Regulations ENABLE POLLUTION!
Regulators are trained and employed to ISSUE PERMITS –for pollution!
Then they asses monitory fines for violations and spills – if we are lucky!!
As we have seen in PA, many spills go unreported, and those that are, often suffer no enforcement action, or if so, it’s just a token wrist-slap.
The purpose of the permit is not to prevent pollution,
it is to regulate how much pollution occurs at any give time.
If this activity were not permitted,
thus making the associated regulations obsolete,
there would be no pollution for these industries.
Therefore, these permits and associated regulations
are CAUSING pollution.
The FACT is that this industry has a HORRIBLE safety record,
which has left a toxic legacy everywhere it has gone.
The only way to stop the violations and stop the environmental
destruction is by PROHIBITION,
which is not in the charter of government “regulators”.
Regulators can only adjust the rate of the valve.
They don’t know how to shut it off entirely.
Prohibition is not in the job description of a regulator.
Prohibition would make the regulator’s jobs unnecessary.
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