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Environmental Regulations Kill People

Environmental Regulations Kill People
February 14
18:02 2020

Do you think that environmental regulations are good laws that are passed to protect us from pollution like unclean air and water? That may be the intent of some of these laws, but there’s a darker side to this story.

Many environmental regulations end up killing people.

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Environmental regulations make it increasingly expensive and unprofitable to strip-mine coal. As a result, coal mining is going back in time because more coal has to come from underground mines.

Instead of working outside in the fresh air, more coal workers now suffer cave-ins, escaping gas, black-lung disease, mine entrapments, and deadly explosions. Thousands of coal miners will get sick, injured, or die because environmental regulations strangle open-air strip-mining.

One of these injured miners was Harry L. Moths. The New York Times interviewed him about his health and medical insurance problems. He worked in the mines his whole life, including nineteen years on his knees in front of a four-foot-high underground coal seam. Because he breathed coal dust for many years, 64-year-old Harry Morris has to take seven pills a day for arthritis, stomach trouble, and black-lung disease. He contracted pneumonia many times, including twice in one month.

At the time of his interview, his health insurance was running out and he was scared. But environmentalists don’t seem to care about Harry L. Morris or thousands of others like him who work in underground mines. To eco-radicals, what’s important is that we don’t “scar” the land with strip-mining.

Environmental regulations have banned DDT and other insect and disease-killing pesticides. This ban kills millions of people worldwide who now have little defense against malaria, encephalitis, and other mosquito-borne diseases.

We’ve always fought malaria by draining swamps and killing mosquitos with pesticides like DDT. Malaria has killed or crippled thousands of Americans since colonial times. Up to the1940s, malaria was one of our most threatening diseases. But wetlands and pesticide regulations have taken these weapons from us. As a result, since the early 1970s, malaria has increased almost tenfold in this country. Throughout the world, over 400 million people suffer from malaria and almost four million people die from this disease every year.

If you live near a wetlands area that’s a breeding ground for mosquitos, you could contract malaria, or your child could die from encephalitis because of these regulations. If we value human life, we should be draining most wetlands, not protecting them.

Fungicides protect the world’s food supply from crop-devouring insects. Environmental regulations that ban fungicides cause bloated-belly hunger or death by slow starvation for millions of people.

Endangered species regulations protect disease-carrying rats and child-eating alligators. Cougar hunting is restricted in all states from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. As a result, mountain lions are becoming more common in the West. Worse, because humans can’t hunt them anymore, they’re losing their fear of people.

In 1990, California passed a law that banned cougar killing. In April 1994, a cougar killed Barbara Schoener, a mother of two children. She was jogging on a northern California trail, 45 miles northeast of Sacramento. The cougar came up behind her, sank its teeth into the back of her neck, and killed her. If environmentalists hadn’t put cougars on the endangered species list, Barbara Schoener’s two children might still have their mother.

“Clean-air” regulations have forced car manufacturers to sharply reduce the weight of cars over the last twenty years because they had to meet ever-more stringent gas-mileage regulations. Lower weight increases the gas mileage. How did they reduce car weight? By substituting plastic for steel in car bodies.

Cars used to be built like tanks surrounded by steel. Now car bodies are built of flimsy plastic composites that dent if you hit them at two miles an hour. The result? Thousands of people have died or been horribly injured because there is little between them and the car they crash into but flimsy plastic. Thank the environmentalists for these deaths and injuries.

Make no mistake about it. Environmental regulations are not fluff or a joke — they kill men, women, and children. The environmental extremists eloquently display their contempt for human life by pushing for ever more regulations that threaten the lives of millions of people.

 

About Author

Joel Turtel

Joel Turtel

Joel Turtel is the author of “Public Schools, Public Menace,” “The Welfare State: No Mercy For The Middle Class,” and “Patriot Stories.”

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2 Comments

  1. farmer
    farmer February 17, 21:35

    Nope! Fungicides do not kill insects, insecticides do. Your lack of understanding this simple concept sinks your credibility for this whole piece.

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    • jaystan
      jaystan March 11, 01:48

      You are correct. Insecticides kill the insects. Fungicides kill fungi on plants. You would like that minor error to negate my entire argument? Are you one of those marxist eco-radicals who values animals over human life?

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