ANIMAS OR ANIMUS

I have to question if the EPA (Environment Pollution Agency?) blunder really was an accident.

This administration has done almost everything possible (with 17 months left, I’m sure we’ll see more) to destroy our country from the inside. The economy is trashed, racial unrest is rising to 1960s levels, poverty is growing faster than the weeds in your back yard and businesses are closing or moving offshore quicker than you can say escalating taxes and excess regulations.

They, the same they who caused the excess pollution, belong to a bureaucracy that makes unreasonable and unobtainable demands on businesses, then fines them into bankruptcy for non-compliance. They are the ones who extort payment from ranchers who divert natural water catches on their own property to useful reservoirs. They are the ones who took a perfectly good standing waste basin and dumped it into an otherwise pristine tributary to the Animas river.

The Animas and it’s adjoining offshoots are (or were) used for fishing, swimming, boating, rafting and other recreation.  The Animas feeds into reservoirs and treatment plants that supply drinking water for thousands of people.  The affected area extends into New Mexico, Lake Powell in Utah and beyond.

Since the 1890s the Gold King mine has leached measurable but relatively minute amounts of toxins into the environment.  This was a man caused inland Exxon Valdez equivalent. This “accident” allowed over 3 million gallons of arsenic, lead, zinc and other heavy metals to poison a river and disrupt life for thousands of residents and tourists. It destroyed the natural habitat for untold wildlife species for decades forth.

“It is not just a scenic destination,” State Senator Ellen Roberts said. “It is where people literally raise their children. It is where the farmers and ranchers feed their livestock, which in turn feeds the people. We’re isolated from Denver through the mountains, and we are pretty resourceful people. But if you take away our water supply, we’re left with virtually no way to move forward.”

I suppose we might call this a crisis that must not go to waste. The EPA will request more money for cleanup. The riverside towns and mom and pop businesses  river will lose revenue. The rich will get a bit richer and the poor will have a bit less.  A few more people rely on the government for assistance and Socialism takes another step forward.

I must ask, “Was it done to the Animas or was it done out of animus”?

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