Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) apparently thinks that a severance tax on Marcellus Shale gas drilling is "un-American." Perhaps not surprisingly, a majority of Pennsylvanians support said tax. Isn't that how it always is these days -- politicians tell us that the will of the people is "un-American"? The will of their corporate paymasters is never "un-American," to them, though it often opposes the will of the people whom these politicians nominally serve. Whatever. I don't put up with being called "un-American," and neither should you. Keystone Progress provides a contact tool demanding an apology, but I don't do apologies -- a lot of people say they're sorry these days and all they mean is they don't want to be in trouble or they don't want their words to have the consequences they're supposed to have. Better to call Mr. Corbett's office at 717.787.2500 and tell him that you despise having your ideas called "un-American" and that you'll fight a hundred times harder for your will every time he spews forth such filth.
Meanwhile, the EPA mulls keeping methyl iodide off our food; methyl iodide keeps weeds and bacteria and insects away from strawberry plants, but what else does it do? It gives rats and mice cancer, that's what! The EPA approved methyl iodide as a soil fumigant just three years ago under Bush lackey Stephen Johnson -- who obviously knew better than at least five Nobel laureates in science, because, you know, he worked for Mr. Bush -- and given that lab workers can only handle a little of it at a time due to its toxicity, and that both Washington state and New York state have banned its use in agriculture, and that both OSHA and the CDC list methyl iodide as a "potential occupational carcinogen," it's easy to see why a new EPA, one not entirely beholden to corporate interests, might come to reconsider that approval. And praise Jesus that they have! CREDO helps you tell the EPA to keep methyl iodide off our food.
Finally, Care2 helps you oppose oil drilling in the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay ain't doing too well anyway, thanks in part to overfishing and dumping of agricultural waste, and now the House of Representatives wants to drill for oil there? And not build more fuel-efficient high-speed trains? And not mandate better fuel efficiency in automobile engines? When the oil you could recover from the Chesapeake area would only meet U.S. energy needs for one day? It's like they're trying to screw everything up! Or, more precisely, they're trying to funnel taxpayer money to their cronies in the oil industry, who, as we know, really could use the money, even after they jack up gas to five dollars a gallon this summer. There are other solutions, of course -- more electric and hybrid cars, and a major solar-power build to power them. If only the American people had had the foresight to elect a President with vastly increased majorities in his party and a mandate to change the way things get done in Washington! Oh, wait.