Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 11 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Protecting corporations from EPA regulations at the expense of Climate Change.

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages) (View How Many People Read This)   No comments
Author 500571
Message Rick Lanahan
While working at Saturn Corporation in Spring Hill, TN., I was told that the company had worked out a deal so they didn't have to pay penalties and fines to meet EPA regulations. The metric for measuring how much pollutants were exposed to the atmosphere was based on the square footage of the plant. After the plant was built, they discovered that they didn't have enough square footage to avoid paying penalties, so the politicians worked out a deal to include the Corporate HQ (called Northfield) which was used solely for white collar jobs (no manufacturing).
After GM decided to consolidate jobs back to Detroit, they talked about selling the Northfield building, but they couldn't because it was being used as part of the square footage to avoid paying huge penalties. It was cheaper to keep the Northfield building and pay for the utilities, taxes, etc., then pay the millions in penalties and fines.
Cheney and Bush were in the White House at the time and Fred Thompson was the Senator when the deal was struck. The point is that the Republicans and conservatives have a track record of abusing the climate for corporate gains. Exporting manufacturing out of the US (as part of the Free Trade Agreements) lessened the pollutants generated by the US, but it increased the pollutants overall to the environment from manufacturing plants in foreign countries.
What we really need are very strict Global EPA regulations that will benefit everyone globally. The regulations should never be based upon square footage of the manufacturing plant. It should be based upon the amount of pollutants released to the atmosphere. Failure to comply to these regulations must be tied to strict penalties and possible plant shutdowns until corrected. In other words, if you can't play by the rules, then you cannot go out and play.
Related link:


Rate It | View Ratings

Rick Lanahan Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

A former conservative turned independent. I tend to lean with Progressives. My more recent articles are written to give readers an insight, but not to take a particular position necessarily. The goal is to get readers to use critical thinking (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Conservative Era (The Era where the people and the earth lost their rights)

So do you believe in God?

Protecting corporations from EPA regulations at the expense of Climate Change.

The Patriot Act - Does the end justify the means?

Saving Faces...

Demand (The Two Camps)...

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: