Environment Living in Society

Logic, Reason, Decency and Asbestos

Woman Writing Letter

Almost no one I know outside of politics is talking about the Nov. 6 election. That seems typical… and okay.

Most of us try to be organized. At least we pretend to be. We seek to live lives of logic, reason and decency. We’ll organize to figure out for whom to vote later, maybe around Thanksgiving.

Not so fast! It will be too late on Thanksgiving.

Here’s a head scratcher for logic fans from the Environmental Protection Agency. In our relentless pursuit to Make America Great Again, the administration wants to bring back asbestos. Yes that asbestos, the known carcinogen banned in 55 countries. It may soon be available again in consumer products near you.

Our president has a theory about asbestos regulation. In his 1997 book, Art of the Comeback, he explicitly said asbestos bans are a conspiracy “led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal.” What kind of theory is that? It is a conspiracy theory.

Ask a public health professional or physician what they think about deregulating asbestos. While you’re at it, make your plan to vote on Nov. 6.

The logical choice would be to vote Democratic.

~ Published Aug. 9, 2018 in the Solon Economist