A major fear of many businesses in this country is that radical environmentalists, who try to stop as much progress as they can through any means including the burning down of new homes built in areas they don't "believe" homes should be built, are a major driver of businesses moving out of state and sometimes overseas.
An article in today's JS by Doug Finke, says that an in-depth study commissioned by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, shows that "Regulatory environment is choking business growth". An article Monday in "Word on the Street" by JS writer John Sharp details how these radical environmentalists pull all the stops to prevent fair legal proceedings. In a local IEPA hearing, an IEPA attorney was accused by Matt Varble of Clinton and president of "We're Against Toxic Chemicals", of not paying attention because she was knitting while a hearing was being held. This accused attorney was at the meeting only to consult with the "lead" attorney if her background expertise was needed.
The complaint filed with the IEPA as one of 21 reasons why the hearing should be redone, said one of the complainers, one of our own local radical environmentalist's who is not only persistent in writing letters but also emails accusing landfill companies of burying "toxics" when what they are burying is hazardous waste not acceptable in regular city/county landfills and burying it in an IEPA approved Hazardous Waste Landfill.
These radical environmentalists should know something about knitters. Knitters can knit, carry on an intelligent conversation, tend to their children, answer questions intelligently, listen intently to what is going on around them and never drop a stitch. I should know, I had seven sisters all older and all could knit and do a multitude of other things at the same time.
One "environmentalist" claimed her conduct was "outrageous" and the "knitter" should be "terminated". At least his conduct got his name in the JS.
She at least was not accused of text messaging. (Alaska has issued a state ban on typing a message while driving; Illinois should do the same) She was not involved in trying the case and was only in attendance if her particular expertise was needed. And the report says she did stop knitting when asked.
Recently, one "chatterer" wrote a letter to the JS complaining why Alaskan crude oil was sometimes shipped to other countries if we needed gasoline so badly here. He should know that crude oil has to be refined in refineries of which there is a shortage in the United States. The process of building any new refinery brings forth a raft of lawsuits by as many as 13 environmentalist groups and delay construction for years and sometimes double construction costs.
Many environmental groups and many members have done many good things to protect our mutual environment. Many others, like those who for decades prevented the use of properly applied DDT to parts of Africa, are directly responsible for millions of deaths in that continent.
If these people spent half of the money they spend trying to block necessary businesses like waste disposal, refineries or nuclear energy producers, and spent this money on new tecdhnology for recycling processes, this world might find more uses of toxic waste that is necessarily created while producing products and jobs. By law, toxic waste produced by industry must be treated to become hazardous waste. No waste company in Illinois can legally bury "toxic" waste in the ground. No toxic waste is being buried in any state in the U.S due to environmental controls and the enforcement of environmental laws by State and Federal governmental bodies.
I suggest not many Central Illinois "environmentalists' are paying much attention to what is happening to toxic waste in China, Venezuela, Russia, Cuba or Iran to name a few.