Skip to comments.Kennedy talks environment
Posted on 10/05/2007 12:13:34 PM PDT by presidio9
Saving the environment is not about protecting the fish and the birds, according to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. It is about protecting the human race. Kennedy, nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, spoke at Western Hall Wednesday as part of Western's theme, "Global Challenges and Personal Responsibility."
An award-winning journalist and lawyer, Kennedy spoke about the lackadaisical state of environmental law. He also talked about the roles of corporations with respect to nature and the media's impact on the issue in his presentation.
He added that the biggest threat to water resources in America is the Bush administration. According to Kennedy, under President George W. Bush, portions of the Clean Air Act have been dismantled and the administration ceased enforcement of already weak environmental laws.
Many audience members said they agreed.
Pat Sullivan, an area resident and teacher at "Peace of Earth Environmental Learning Center," said, "Corporations have turned this world into a non-democratic society."
Kennedy said the economy and environmental policy could coexist, and one did not have to be chosen over the other.
"Good environmental policy 100 percent of the time is identical to (good) economy," Kennedy said. "You cannot separate one from the other."
According to Kennedy, in 19 states, including Illinois, it is no longer safe to consume fish. The high levels of mercury contamination within the waterways are from the lack of regulations to keep rivers clean. Bush "pulled back mercury regulations after he accepted $100 million from a utility industry," Kennedy added. The mercury in the waters can have detrimental effects on the consumer as it works as a poison to the brain.
Sophomore pre-law enforcement and justice administration major Chris Mortimer said he agreed with Kennedy and was disturbed by the statistics, especially those concerning Illinois.
"It's sad and scary that people in this state cannot go and fish in the rivers and eat the fish," he added.
Kennedy continued by explaining that part of the problem with environmental issues lies with the national media.
"Five giant multinational corporations (in America control) 14,000radio stations, 2,500 television stations, 80 percent of newspapers, all billboards and most large Internet content providers," Kennedy said.
He attributed most of the fault to the Reagan administration, which "abolished the fairness doctrine in 1988," but he added that Clinton "finalized the deal" by signing the communications act in 1996.
Kennedy said this has influenced a "negligent and indolent press," so the American public is no longer aware of environmental issues occurring nationwide.
He added that only when the press starts informing America and when it begins to take action to establish a better administration on this issue would environmental problems be resolved.
He added that the biggest threat to water resources in America is the Bush administration
The dems will never stop hammering on that one theme. Bash Bush.
Bet the farm on it.
Kennedy on environment? Ha! Did he say that he would now welcome windmill power being generated within sight of the Kennedy Compound? Still “NIMBY” for him, I suppose. Hypocrite.
Too easy, Senator Kennedy...
Until the McCain-Feingold Censorship Act came along and reversed all of that progress in 2002.
Is there anything in America, or the world for that matter that the Bush Administration isn't the biggest threat against it?
Is there anything in America, or the world for that matter that the Bush Administration isn't the biggest threat against it?
Hordes of criminal invaders.
“Good environmental policy 100 percent of the time is identical to (good) economy,” Kennedy said. “You cannot separate one from the other.”
At least he was right on one point.
“He added that the biggest threat to water resources in America is the Bush administration. According to Kennedy, under President George W. Bush, portions of the Clean Air Act have been dismantled and the administration ceased enforcement of already weak environmental laws.”
You want clean air? how about some wind power off of cape cod? Oh cant ruin the view can we?
Personally, I think the biggest threat to the environment is automotive leakage, like toxins from “drowned” cars polutting our water and fumes released into the air when cars crash into trees and fences on Capital Hill.
“And the biggest threat to secretaries are drunken Kennedy’s”
Now we know why he didn’t save Mary Jo...he was concerned about the quality of the water she was drowning in.
No he wasn’t. “Good” is a subjective term. Do you want the Dems defining it like they already do ?
It’s all in the definition.
Doesnt that depend upon the definition of what “is” is?
LOL his uncle is a threat when he drives cars into the beautiful waters of Cape Cod!
Kennedys talking, that’s OK. I guess.
But no: driving, skiing, flying, shooting, boating, sports or anything requiring fine motor skills.
Nice that Kennedy is now an expert in something since he flunked the BAR exam. Let the idiots follow another over the bridge.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a worthless, trust fund, moron. He should try getting a real job somewhere.
Goofy Ted is just trying to set the talk to the environ because this month is Nobel and Gorky Gore is up. This is the first wave of “all Glo Warm all the time” until Gorebore is in.
Ted should stick to treating his demons.
The heavy boozing pill headed Kennedy clan is irrelevant. They love the environment sooooo much unless they have to sacrifice. Hypocrits at best....lying commie slugs most probable.
He is one of the folks instrumental in pushing for hydropower dam removal on the Klamath River in Northern Ca.
ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR. TAKES HELM OF WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE AS CHAIRMAN: Board of Directors Announces New President, Executive Director
Waterkeeper Alliance is pleased to announce a new senior leadership structure to meet the needs of the fastest growing grassroots advocacy organization in the world. In 1999 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and veteran Waterkeepers founded Waterkeeper Alliance to support the nationwide coalition of 25 local Waterkeeper programs. Driven by the unmatched success of the Waterkeeper model of aggressive, citizen-led advocacy, today, 161 Waterkeepers patrol and protect waterways on six continents. To ensure strategic coordination of this international network of local advocates, and in anticipation of continued growth, the Waterkeeper Alliance Board of Directors is pleased to announce an organizational leadership change that will increase our capacity and strengthen the work of our local Waterkeepers around the world......
He is prominent in leftist IndyMedia articles http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/05/358754.shtml
According to Kennedy, in 19 states, including Illinois, it is no longer safe to consume fish.
2007 Sports Fish Consumption Advisory February, 2007
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced the 2007 consumption advisories for sport fish caught in Illinois waters follow the same guidelines as 2006.
Fish collected and tested for this years advisory did not warrant the addition or deletion of any lakes or streams in Illinois, said Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director. The advisories are not meant to discourage people from eating fish, but should be used as a guideline to help anglers and their families decide where to fish, the types of fish to eat, and how to prepare fish for cooking to reduce possible contaminants. Contaminants in fish may make some fish unsafe to eat except in limited quantities, particularly for women of childbearing age and young children.
While there is no known immediate health threat from eating contaminated fish from any body of water in Illinois, there are concerns about the effects of long-term, low-level exposure to pesticides and chemicals, such as chlordane, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), and methylmercury, found in fish listed on the advisories. Methylmercury, which results from mercury emitted primarily by coal-burning power plants, has been found to cause reproductive damage and have adverse effects on the central nervous system, including developmental delays.
The advisories are based primarily on protecting sensitive populations, including women of childbearing age, pregnant women, fetuses, nursing mothers and children younger than 15 years of age. They may be overprotective for women beyond childbearing age and men older than 15.
The statewide mercury advisory cautions sensitive populations to eat no more than one meal per week of predator fish, which pose a greater risk because they feed on other fish and accumulate higher amounts of methylmercury. Predator fish include all species of black bass, (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted), striped bass, white bass, hybrid striped bass, flathead catfish, muskellunge, northern pike, saugeye, sauger, and walleye.
Women beyond childbearing age and males older than 15 years of age can eat as many meals of predator fish as they please, with the exception of fish caught from the 15 bodies of water that are on the special mercury advisory, which have more restrictive meal advice because of high levels of methylmercury. These include Arrowhead Lake, Campus Lake at Southern Illinois University, Cedar Lake, Devil’s Kitchen Lake, Kinkaid Lake, Lake Bracken, Lake in the Hills, Little Grassy Lake, Little Wabash River and Tributaries, Marquette Park Lagoon, Midlothian Reservoir, Monee Reservoir, Ohio River, Rock River (from Rockford to Milan Steel Dam), and Wabash River.
Some mercury occurs naturally in the environment and more can be released into the air through industrial pollution. When it falls into surface water, bacteria in the water cause chemical changes that transform the mercury into methylmercury, which is then taken up by fish as they feed on aquatic organisms.
For fish that may contain PCBs and chlordane, the advisory provides eating advice in five categories unlimited consumption, no more than one meal per week, no more than one meal per month, no more than six meals per year and do not eat.
There are several ways people can reduce exposure to contaminants, including:
varying the type and source of sport fish consumed (younger, smaller fish and leaner species such as walleye and panfish are safer to eat than fatty species such as carp and catfish)
preparing and cooking fish in ways that reduce the amount of contaminants can limit exposure to harmful substances that may be found in fish.
There are several ways to reduce any PCBs and chlordane present in edible portions of fish:
Before cooking, remove the skin from the filet and cut away any fatty tissue from the belly and dorsal areas.
Broil, bake or grill in a way that allows fat to drip away.
Discard fat drippings or broth from broiled or poached fish. Do not use in other dishes.
These precautions will not reduce the amount of methylmercury in fish. Mercury is found throughout a fish’s muscle tissue (the edible part of the fish) rather than in the fat and skin. Therefore, the only way to reduce mercury intake is to reduce the amount of contaminated fish eaten.
The Illinois Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program screens fish samples from about 40 bodies of water per year for contamination from 13 banned pesticides and industrial chemicals. The program is a joint effort of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Public Health.
The fish are collected by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and tested by IEPA. The Illinois Department of Public Health bases its consumption advisories on the IEPA test results. This year’s advisories are included in the Illinois 2007 Fishing Information Guide, which is available from IDNR and from businesses that sell state fishing licenses.
Kennedys comments on the enviroment
Damn! BUT THAT WATERS COLD. I just about sobered up! Al most lost mu buzz. You stay in the car and I’ll go get us something to drink.”
Well, so far we’ve shown that just about everything Kennedy said is false. Maybe someone should check his ID to see if he’s who he claims to be. It’s hard to believe a man with such a pedigree could be so stupid.
Since nobody’s brought it up yet, now’s as good a time as any to remind everyone that Robert Kennedy Jr. is a heroin addict.
He’s already called anyone who dissents on the Global Warming scare a “traitor”. Treason is tough crime.
He is a despot who does not tolerate debate. Good thing he isn’t in the justice department with Uncle Ted as President. Who knows what he’d do with such power.
The Kennedys have long since ceased to be the sharpest knives in the drawer.
Everything about IL is a freaking l-i-e.
Technically it hasn't been "safe" to eat fish caught in Lake Michigan or any rivers for over 40 YEARS due to Mercury, PCB's and every other toxin known to man. (Gee who was in the WH back then?)
Hell if anything, the water is cleaner and safer now. There's actually LIVE FISH in the Chicago River downtown, the 'Dirty D' (South Branch, DesPlaines River) now has pan fish instead of only Carp with tumors all over them. And by the Com-Ed power plant near Indiana, Lake Michigan has Small Mouth Bass. And 'Bubbly Creek' (Chi River South Branch toxic waste dump) is history.
And I doubt that if I went to the Damen Avenue bridge like we did in the 50's, we wouldn't see THOUSANDS upon thousands of condems floating by (we always wondered where the heck they all came from. thought there was a 'cat house' up river).
This mope Kennedy is a Hazardous Waste and should be banned from the public. Plus he sounds like he gargles with lye.
Please...no facts. We’re dealing with feeeeeelings here.
“who knows what mess we are going to inherit?”
It will still be all Bush’s fault for the next 8 years.
Each question was different, but her answer never changed.
Definitions just suck. They discriminate against fuzziness and don’t allow the user to hide behind obfuscations.