Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Experts - some in WI - can help Trump explain, manage coronavirus threats

Trump is said to be planning a news conference about the coronavirus.

Since his relationships with doctors and big words usually substitute confusion for order and fiction for facts, let me suggest he bring in or use as surrogates in the next few days these veteran health and management experts:

Grover Norquist. He could explain how his goal of government shrinkage to bathtub-drowning scale showed the wisdom of Trump's budget and personnel cuts to science, medicine, and disease prevention,

Ditto for Scott Walker, who successfully weakened state phosphorous discharge law and cut science and staff at the Wisconsin DNR that boosted the number of contaminated rivers - -

 More lopsided data on the DNR list for 2016 in favor of pollution: 
In the proposed 2016 list update, DNR proposes to add 225 new waters. A majority of the listing additions were waters that exceed total phosphorus criteria. A significant number of new listings were also based on poor biological condition. Ten waterbodies are proposed to be delisted.
*  Same story in the 2018 list
In the proposed 2018 list update, DNR proposes to add 240 new water segments. A majority of the listing additions were waters that exceed total phosphorus criteria. Thirty-five waterbodies are proposed to be delisted. 
So allowing for some portion of the total to have taken place in one year of the Doyle era, and also allowing for some late changes, the cumulative numbers in these reports which encompass most of Walker's tenure show the addition of 804 newly listed polluted waterways to the "more than 700" cited in 2012.
The additions, 804, outpaced deletions, 96, by a ratio of more than eight-to-one, and leaves Walker with about double what he inherited.
- - and kept rural drinking water systems filthy from Kewaunee County to the Central Sands and beyond:
Another day, another report and story about fecal contamination in rural Wisconsin wells. 
Tests show more southwestern Wisconsin wells contaminated with fecal matter
* And to perfectly round out the toxic trio, (sorry for the repetition) but who better to help Trump make his case than WI GOP State Senator Tom Tiffany - - 

Image of Tom Tiffany
- - since he pushed Walker to cut the DNR's science staff, led the move to add hazardous sulfide mining near state waters, promoted wetland filling on a massive scale, and hopes to transfer that Walker devotion to Trump servitude and a Congressional seat.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

James, Please explain why the Democrats have not been pushing a candidate in this election? No signs in my area, which is in this district. Probably not a viable candidate, but i know littl about her. They have two months to beat the Scooter boot licker and here we sit again forfeiting an election. If Janet Bewley runs, she would crush him. This election explains what is wrong with politics. The Republicans have warped into the Socialist Party of Corporations and they can go as far off the charts away from the conservative party of twenty years ago because they face off the No Direction Party of Chaos. Who is in charge of the D's on this race? Shouldn't we be trying to pick up the votes from the primary against Tiffany??? I'm driving through a small city in the district in a few minutes, I will do a little sign counting and get back to you.