The EPA is still taking comments on their proposed chemical plant safety rules, and the Sierra Club helps you tell the EPA to mandate the most vigorous chemical plant safety rules possible. You may be more likely to think about this matter than you were, not merely because the third anniversary of the infamous West, Texas chemical plant explosion just passed, but also because the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has lately announced that they think arson is to blame for that explosion. You may well be asking, can the EPA really do anything about criminal acts? But of course they can -- criminals study plants and find weaknesses in them, so let's give them fewer weaknesses to find. And throwing up our hands and folding before the prospect of criminal activity wouldn't be very American of us, would it? Especially when you consider that the West explosion killed 15 good folks and injured over 200, destroyed a school, a nursing home, an apartment complex, and a few dozen homes, and left a 10-foot-wide, 90-foot-deep crater -- we do want these things not to happen, after all.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Congress to pass H.R. 4611, the No Money Bail Act, then Color of Change still helps you do that. The No Money Bail Act has lately attracted a famous opponent -- Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman. A guy who makes money hunting down suspects opposes the concept of outlawing money bail, who'da thunk it? But his wife, in her new capacity as President of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States, has called the bill it "criminal welfare" and said it "shows nothing but blatant disrespect for our law enforcement." How police are supposed to feel "disrespected" by a bill that would prevent judges from holding poor people in jail indefinitely I can't quite figure out -- maybe she thinks police officers are just as emotionally-invested in bounty hunters as she is! And certainly my more libertarian readers will blanch at the term "criminal welfare," when folks being held on bond haven't been convicted. We still respect the difference between innocence and guilt, right? We'd better, if we want to stop our slide into immorality, decadence, and ultimately irrelevance.