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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Shake It UP!!! Environment vs Big Business in WI

I'm not sure what the deal is with Falk and Doyle. Afterall, one of the reasons Van Hollen and the WMC gave for not electing Falk was the “checks and balances” thing. It was all smoke and mirrors and anyone who fell for that line really does need a political wake up call.

Falk took on the full dollar wrath of WMC who spread lies about her far and wide and had enough money to buffer her counter punch. This left Doyle and ALL the other Democrats around the state to ease into office with very little push back from Green and a campaign chest with a few bucks left over when it was all said and done.

Kathleen became the punching bag in the last few weeks. The punches fueled by a hard core big business lobby that was terrified that Kathleen, would not only hold them accountable as attorney general, but would eventually become an environmentally-conscious governor. Never mind that as a leader in an executive position, Kathleen has done amazing things like uniting environmentalists, labor unions, contractors, and developers at the same table. WMC is afraid to be brought to the table (they prefer to work in the shadows), and that is what they are afraid of in Kathleen Falk.

So they attack Kathleen full on, Doyle saves a few bucks in his win, and Falk who would have been a great attorney general for the people of Wisconsin, takes the political hit.

This is all a bygone ONLY because Doyle won.

So now what?

Well, I think it's incredibly important that Doyle offer Kathleen a high level, high prestige cabinet position!

Doyle cannot, and must not overlook appointing powerful brilliant women to lead his administration and Kathleen Falk is one of those women! Many of us feminist, progressive, environmentalists and activists around Wisconsin are huge fans of Kathleen Falk.

Who better to help stop Van Hollen and the WMC in their tracks from further damaging the natural resources (that make Wisconsin a great place to live) than Kathleen Falk as Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources?

Now, I know this position is not currently officially open, but who better to help hold the line on the anti-environmental lobby?

I'm tired of not being able to eat the fish my girls and I catch in Wisconsin's lakes all summer long. Catch and release is fine most of the time, but every once in a while, that trout or walleye or smally looks just too good to pass on! Besides, I grew up catching my dinner in Wisconsin's lakes and it's really sad that my daughters have never eaten a fish they themselves caught.

I'm tired of having to pull my fishing line through the foaming, brown smelly muck of the Milwaukee River only to pull out a sock or a beer can.

I'm tired of not being able to swim in a lake as big as Lake Michigan because it's so incredibly malodorous, slimy and visibly disgusting, I can no longer get out of my car within 3 blocks of the lake in August. The bacteria overgrowth, seaweed problems and billions of gallons of raw sewage dumping annually are a disgrace to our state.

I'm tired of overgrown state trails, companies depleting the water tables, and no accountability for paper mill dumping that still goes on today in the Fox River Valley.

I'm tired of gas stations that refuse to maintain their equipment and seep gasoline into the water table.

I'd like to know why children south of Point Beach along the coastline of Wisconsin have the highest childhood cancer rates in the nation (it goes up the closer you live to Point Beach).

I'd like to know why the North Shore suburbs of Milwaukee have the highest Breast Cancer rates in the nation.

If we don't have someone to ask the hard questions until they are answered, we will continue for generations to wallow in the muck of our negligence.

It's time the DNR step up to big business and hold them accountable. The best defense is a better offense.

A rare criticism I know, but Doyle needs to take a stand somewhere for progressive values and what better way to take that stand than to put Kathleen Falk in a position where she can REALLY work for a better Wisconsin for us all? Kathleen could do for the state what she has done for Dane County, bring all of our interests together in a fiscally responsible, healthy and wealthy Wisconsin community.

One more note: While my preference would be to see Kathleen Falk as Sec of the DNR, I also would love to see her appointed to any of a number of high level cabinet positions. Her talents, passions and brilliance are desperately needed by Wisconsin's residents statewide!

1 comment:

Dr. Tim Holcomb said...

Sounds like you have the same concerns I do about our water supply. Read my recent article...

The same experts who made us aware of the link between cell phone use and low sperm counts, acknowledge that sperm counts in men have steadily dropped to half of normal over the past 30 years. In addition, testicular cancer is now a major cause of death for young men, while the rate of breast cancer is steadily rising.

What these problems have in common is the widespread contamination of our water supply with toxic chemicals such as DDT, PCBs, dioxins, insecticides, pesticides and other synthetic organic chemicals. Researchers have determined that these destructive chemicals act like the body's own estrogen hormones.

Many have an estrogen effect that is many times stronger than natural estrogens, causing an excessive estrogen stimulation to both men and women. For men, this manifests as lowered sperm count, feminization, and testicular cancer, and for women, there is increased incidence of breast cancer and reproductive disorders, as well as other maladies common to both sexes.

For instance, DDT is an insecticide that was banned in the U.S. in the 1970s when its destructive effects on the environment became evident. Even though banned, it lingers in the environment, with only half breaking down every 57 years. In addition, it is still being used in other countries and can still reach us by drifting around the globe.

Concern is becoming so great that since 1999, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been monitoring the hormonal impact of some 87,000 chemicals that are used commercially. There are approximately 50 chemicals in the environment that are recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health as having estrogen action.

Not only adults are affected. Of particular risk are infants. Studies have shown that infants whose mothers consumed PCBs were found to have lower birth weights, smaller head size, growth and developmental retardation, nervous system defects and memory problems.

It is becoming more and more important to have your home water supply analyzed for potential chemical toxins. There are inexpensive and user-friendly test kits available such as the watercheck kit.

For more information, visit my website www.thetoxdoctor.com and download the free report explaining the toxins that threaten us in our environment.