If you are rich or white or powerful, I'd say the chances are excellent that you don't happen to live anywhere near a chemical plant. Aren't you the lucky one? Aren't they the lucky ones.
It is no fun to live near a chemical plant. There is the ground, water and air pollution to deal with. There are all the health issues to deal with. There are the possible disasters of an major fire, a tornado, an earthquake, a terrorist attack to worry about.
Of course, you don't need a disaster to be worried. For example, if you live in the Lone Star Republic, Bioray (who benefits from this problem by the production of natural detox products, oops, not supposed to say anything nasty about nasty products) reports:
... a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) showed that "accidents" and other non-routine events at Texas oil and gas facilities, refineries and petrochemical plants have released almost 100,000 tons of pollution from 2009 to 2011.
During 2009 through 2011, these accidents at were responsible for the release of more than 42,000 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and just over 50,000 tons of smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This pollution is on top of the toxins that are released when these plants are operating correctly, and are not part of the data taken into account when the government establishes regulations or examines the potential health or environmental impact of a facility.
"Texans living in our state's many fenceline communities have, for far too long, been regularly exposed to pollutants from accidental releases that should never be allowed into the air. And the number of Texans whose health is negatively impacted by such damaging pollution is increasing with the growth of gas extraction and processing operations," said Matt Tejada the executive director of Air Alliance.
CONFESSION: on the same page which I found the above, I also discover that Bioray will sell you Loving Energy (Organic) for a mere $36. They will sell you something called Cytoflora for $87. Ain't that capitalism. One group of capitalist making money off the miseries caused by another group of capitalists. Ya gotta love it.
Fortunately, if you are rich or white or powerful, not to worry.
Lot's of others, people of color, poor, working people, those most likely to live in the chemical neighborhood need to keep their eyes and ears open (and their mouths and noses shut).
Guess what? There are those out there amongst the multitude who are saying, "I don't think so" to the Empire and to the Masters of Global Capital.
We have all read a bunch about the protesters in China who have taken on their chemical industry, their State, not to mention THE PARTY about their own chemical problems.
What if I told you in out of the way provinces like Poland and in Cyprus the Empire has to put up with those pesky working folks, too.
What is the world coming to anyway.
Two articles below will give you a hint.
The first is from HETQ investigative journalists.
The second is from the Cyprus Mail.
Have a great day and remember the motto I remember from Monsanto which I used to hear in my younger days:
WITHOUT CHEMICALS LIFE ITSELF WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE (or was it possible).....
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