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Kennedy talks environment
Western Courier ^ | 10/5/07 | Sarah Zeeck

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: despot; kennedyklan; rfkjr; rfkjunior

1 posted on 10/05/2007 12:13:37 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

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.


2 posted on 10/05/2007 12:15:08 PM PDT by bill1952 (The 10 most important words for change: "If it is to be, it is up to me")
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To: presidio9

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.


3 posted on 10/05/2007 12:17:27 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: presidio9

Sigh...

Too easy, Senator Kennedy...

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/04/27/kennedy_faces_fight_on_cape_wind/


4 posted on 10/05/2007 12:18:14 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: bill1952; MayflowerMadam; Slapshot68
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.

Until the McCain-Feingold Censorship Act came along and reversed all of that progress in 2002.

5 posted on 10/05/2007 12:21:32 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9
He added that the biggest threat to water resources in America is the Bush administration.

Is there anything in America, or the world for that matter that the Bush Administration isn't the biggest threat against it?

6 posted on 10/05/2007 12:26:07 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: presidio9
He added that the biggest threat to water resources in America is the Bush administration.

Is there anything in America, or the world for that matter that the Bush Administration isn't the biggest threat against it?

7 posted on 10/05/2007 12:26:23 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Phantom Lord

Hordes of criminal invaders.


8 posted on 10/05/2007 12:32:21 PM PDT by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: presidio9

“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.


9 posted on 10/05/2007 12:34:50 PM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (Everyone wants a simple answer; but sometimes there isn't a simple answer)
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To: presidio9
"Bush "pulled back mercury regulations after he accepted $100 million from a utility industry," Kennedy added."

Does anybody know the basis for this claim? I remember a big brouhaha early in the Bush admin when he decided to review some last-minute Clinton regulations, including the one on mercury. But I also recall that, when all was said and done, Bush left the regulation intact.
10 posted on 10/05/2007 12:35:07 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: presidio9

“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?


11 posted on 10/05/2007 12:36:25 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: presidio9

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.


12 posted on 10/05/2007 12:36:26 PM PDT by NoBullZone
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To: bill1952
He added that the biggest threat to water resources in America is the Bush administration

And the biggest threat to secretaries are drunken Kennedy's
13 posted on 10/05/2007 12:37:00 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: Kozak

“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.


14 posted on 10/05/2007 12:39:12 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: presidio9
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.

Yep, those were the good old days, when the only political discussion available to the public was liberal Democrats debating liberal Republicans, and everyone else was called a "kook" on the Nightly News.

:-(
15 posted on 10/05/2007 12:39:21 PM PDT by cgbg (Tax fat. Double tax ugly. Triple tax stupid. For the children. :-))
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

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.


16 posted on 10/05/2007 12:39:25 PM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: cinives

Doesnt that depend upon the definition of what “is” is?


17 posted on 10/05/2007 12:42:13 PM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (Everyone wants a simple answer; but sometimes there isn't a simple answer)
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To: Kozak
He added that the biggest threat to water resources in America is the Bush administration

LOL his uncle is a threat when he drives cars into the beautiful waters of Cape Cod!

18 posted on 10/05/2007 12:42:17 PM PDT by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: presidio9

Kennedys talking, that’s OK. I guess.
But no: driving, skiing, flying, shooting, boating, sports or anything requiring fine motor skills.


19 posted on 10/05/2007 12:43:09 PM PDT by tumblindice (Million Man March=Kennedy Family Reunion....Humans=Beavers..You be the judge)
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To: presidio9

Nice that Kennedy is now an expert in something since he flunked the BAR exam. Let the idiots follow another over the bridge.


20 posted on 10/05/2007 12:47:38 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: Steve_Seattle
I did my own research on whether Bush received $100,000,000 from the "utility industry." In 2000 and 2004, he received a total of about $560,000,000 in campaign contributions, of which $378,000,000 was individual contributions and $141,000,000 was federal matching funds. This leaves about $41,000,000 from PACs and businesses.

Of that $41,000,000, about $11,000,000 is from oil, gas, construction, and manufacturing, COMBINED. "Utilities" are not even singled out as a separate category, so I assume their total contributions were less than $2,000,000, which is less than one-half of one-percent of Bush's total contributions. To sum up, Kennedy is a stinking liar.
21 posted on 10/05/2007 12:52:54 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: cgbg
"the American public is no longer aware of environmental issues"

Oh, really, Mr. Kennedy? The media CONSTANTLY talk about environmental issues, from global warming, to asbestos, to mercury, to fish, to whales, to spotted owls, and on and on. And they are often - indeed, usually - critical of the Bush administration. Kennedy is almost psychopathic in his statements, totally divorced from reality.
22 posted on 10/05/2007 12:57:39 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: presidio9

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a worthless, trust fund, moron. He should try getting a real job somewhere.


23 posted on 10/05/2007 12:58:26 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: presidio9

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.


24 posted on 10/05/2007 1:00:21 PM PDT by Pit1
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To: presidio9

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.


25 posted on 10/05/2007 1:04:48 PM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: presidio9

He is one of the folks instrumental in pushing for hydropower dam removal on the Klamath River in Northern Ca.

http://www.klamathbasincrisis.org/Poweranddamstoc/nodams/waterkeeperKennedyhelm100307.htm

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


26 posted on 10/05/2007 1:08:13 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: presidio9

According to Kennedy, in 19 states, including Illinois, it is no longer safe to consume fish.

From Illinois:

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 year’s 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.


27 posted on 10/05/2007 1:14:33 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: presidio9

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.”


28 posted on 10/05/2007 1:14:39 PM PDT by truemiester (If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years)
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To: Old Professer

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.


29 posted on 10/05/2007 1:24:29 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: Steve_Seattle; Old Professer; shankbear; vetsvette

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.


30 posted on 10/05/2007 1:34:47 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: bill1952

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.


31 posted on 10/05/2007 1:35:49 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: bill1952
Rush Limbaugh said today, something like "George Bush isn't running again,..."

The Kennedys have long since ceased to be the sharpest knives in the drawer.

32 posted on 10/05/2007 2:00:25 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: presidio9
BULLSH*T ALERT!!!

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.

33 posted on 10/05/2007 2:07:59 PM PDT by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a Right Wing 'Gun Nut' Extremist)
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To: MayflowerMadam

Please...no facts. We’re dealing with feeeeeelings here.


34 posted on 10/05/2007 2:10:30 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Calvin Locke
Did you take note that at the last dem debate, when asked if she would bring the troops home right away, she said:

“who knows what mess we are going to inherit?”

It will still be all Bush’s fault for the next 8 years.

35 posted on 10/05/2007 3:10:26 PM PDT by bill1952 (The 10 most important words for change: "If it is to be, it is up to me")
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To: bill1952
That's her new mantra. I can't remember how many times I heard her say that, and I only hear the sound bites.

Each question was different, but her answer never changed.

36 posted on 10/05/2007 3:20:20 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Definitions just suck. They discriminate against fuzziness and don’t allow the user to hide behind obfuscations.

:)


37 posted on 10/05/2007 4:19:20 PM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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