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Dow Chemical Donates $1 Million to Trump, Asks Administration to Ignore EPA Pesticide Study

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The fact that C.E.O. Andrew Liveris is a close adviser to Donald Trump can’t hurt. Chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion are big Dow Chemical money-maker pesticides, with the company selling  5 million pounds of chlorpyrifos in the U.S. yearly, according to the AP. Dow has a small problem on its hands, and it’s not the fact that the pesticide was “originally derived from a nerve gas developed by Nazi Germany,” per the AP, though that’s certainly not great for marketing materials. It’s the fact that studies by federal scientists have found that chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion are harmful to almost 1,800 “critically threatened or endangered species.” EPA will issue findings resulting in new limits on how and where the highly toxic pesticides can be used.

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"...issuing findings expected to result in new limits on how and where the highly toxic pesticides can be used..."

This is the mind-numbing element in all of this. When something is recognized as a poison, why should any level of usage be acceptable, anywhere on the planet??

"Regulation" bodies are a bad joke these days, anyway.

Submitted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 10:45:28 PM

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Most of those agencies have had their powers strangled by the corporations. This article is the end of a long trend, just to show how far the strangulation has proceeded and how no one should be surprised in the lack of pulse in the patient.


When the bodies pile up and the court cases fill the courtrooms, then and only then will you see the USA take meaningful action.



Chlorpyrifos: An Immediate Danger Chlorpyrifos is a dangerous pesticide, widely used on a variety of crops. It has detrimental effects on people, wildlife and ecosystems. As a neurotoxin, it ...
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In my younger days, I worked as a state registered pest control Technician in my state, in Australia. One day I was inadvertently covered from foot to head in a flea infestation, and boy, did they go to town on me. In a panic I rang my boss and explained the situation to him, his responce was to spray myself with Dichlorpyros which I proceeded to do. The relief was instantaneous. Today I'm the ripe old age of 70 years and have not visited a hospital for many years. I believe the hype against many of these incredibly useful chemicals is highly over rated and in reality, very detrimental to our environment and way of life. For example, for many years we had excellent protection against termites damaging properties, with the introduction of laws banning the use of the chemicals we used, that protection was lost, and the damage caused by these pests is rising every day costing millions of dollars to home owners and businesses to rectify. The chemicals we are allowed to use, to ALLEGEDLY control these pests are totally useless within three months, and cost owners again hundreds and thousands of dollars to continue repeatedly treating their properties with these useless chemicals, thereby reaping the chemical companies and the pest industry handsome profits. A never ending gift, you might say. I for one, fail to see, how the eradication of such pests would damage the environment.

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another couple of deadly poisens put on the market.We may not have to wait for global warming to kill us,the foods on our table will

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It all has to change with the next President.

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Now this post, is the funniest post I've read on the Web all week. What makes it funny, is the FACT that for the last 5 Presidential elections, I've heard these exact same words being repeated over and over again. And you know what, NOTHING HAS CHANGED in all that time, yet here we are repeating the same CRAP AGAIN ?????????????????? W.T.F.

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True.Two party dictatorship.And very corrupt.

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Laugh all you like but we WILL have a new President.

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Yeah right, meanwhile we all turn our backs to the REAL dangers to us all with radioactive particals and radiation regularly released into the atmosphere, the use of depleted uranium spreading this stuff all over the planet. Digging up uranium releasing the isatopes into the atmosphere from such digging, and the danger posed to us all with nuclear waste dumps everywhere. These days even disasters a Chernobyl being treated as an adventure holiday.

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