When Burt Rico was caught using a deer feeder equipped with lights while hunting in Louisiana, he was slapped with a $1,051 fine and sentenced to 60 days in jail. He was cited for hunting without a big-game license, failing to wear hunter orange and hunting deer with an artificial light. Until he was cited, he didn’t know he had done anything wrong, he claims. Rico’s case isn’t an isolated one. According to a new report by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, thousands of people are being prosecuted for environmental crimes every day
FTA: ´´While there is no concrete figure, there are an estimated 300,000-400,000 environmental laws, statutes and mandates believed to be in circulation nationally. Many can land a person in prison, regardless of whether another person, plant or animal is harmed.´´
Read further - he was spotlighting too. yeah, never knew it was against the law.
#2 - why do we have the EPA? Because corporations, unregulated, took the easy path to hazardous materials management and dumped them wherever and whenever they could without regard to the impact on human health and environment in air, water or soil. I don´t know about you, but I kind of like not having to breath gray air or drink polluted water.
Had industry been good environmental stewards, the EPA would have never been formed. Think of them as the police for pollution. We can disagree with how they are used as political footballs today, but they do serve a valid purpose: To keep you from having to eat cows that drink radioactive water. If you disagree with this, I happen to know several industrial sites where the drinking water has been impacted with various constituents. And per EPA, if you drink enough of that water, and if you have a genetic predisposition for cancer, and if you drink it long enough, it can kill you or your children if they drink it from infancy.
If water isn´t your thing, then breathing the air near these plants would do the same too.
While I agree with the article pemise about too many laws, the first example of a person hunting deer, over a feeder, using a light etc etc, and not knowing he was breaking any laws in complete hogwash. The rules he broke were all state laws, established by Louisiana Fish and Game and had nothing to do with the EPA. Better research by the author might make the article believable.
not EPA rules, Fish and Game rules. spotlighting has been illegal since i was a kid (and my 45th HS reunion is coming up). hunting deer without a license for longer than that. hunter orange wearing, well that´s like for your own protection and if you are too stupid to wear something that shouts out, i´m not a deer - don´t shoot me when everyone around is slinging bullets, well that stupid shouldn´t be illegal. i believe that the only real way to reduce the web of rules and fines is to make a law requiring that you can´t make a new law or regulation unless you recind one already on the books.
Sorry, #4, but those environmentally bad acting companies were pretty much a thing of the ´70´s and ´80´s. Not so much in 2013, when the USA is no longer a major manufacturing country. Emissions from coal power plants today are so much cleaner than in 1970 that you cannot even compare. Yet we get new mercury and particulate emissions regulations to meet levels that cannot be online measured with instruments today with no scientifically proven health basis. The EPA is out of control, and has been for some time. Their agenda is anti-energy, anti-industry, and they have driven jobs overseas and increased the cost of your energy bill. Ethanol in gasoline? Ha!
This article is stupid. THese are state laws. WIth regards to hunting, I have never hunted, have lived half a century and know the following things- even as a child, I knew you had to have hunting or fishing licenses. AS an adult, I found out that some people use spotlights to hunt and that in most places (or all places?) it is illegal. The wearing orange is probably moot since he was hunting at night but it is not just to protect you- the emotional harm that comes to a hunter who may accidentally shoot you if you are resembling a wild animal is not to be taken lightly.
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lil dotty, 1/27/2013 8:53:13 AM (No. 9141944)
Skimmed the original article and barely made it past the author´s name. BTW he has forgone research on the EPA to follow his own family tree. Second, The orange is to protect the hunter himself Another such law is the seat belt in a vehicle. For lack of wearing it, one acquires a ticket yet it helps no one BUT the actual wearer. Gads, hate those straps..so uncomfortable.
Last year we had three young dear wander up to our deck. Stood in the kitchen, looking out the window, watching them graze and frolic. Beautiful creatures. No license, no shooting, and no orange.
Agree that the example is ridiculous and not applicable the EPA issues. Regarding the EPA, it deserves some credit for that fact that manufacturing and power generation is as clean as it is today. That being said, the EPA has been hi-jacked by enviros with a totally different agenda than it´s original purpose and needs to be gone. Re: manufacturing: while China now leads in output, the US is second and outproduces the next seven countries combined. Manufacturing is alive and well here. It´s just doing it with many fewer people; a trajectory nearly identical to that of agriculture in the last century.
#4, you can´t name a single instance of "mother gaia" being so horribly "injured" by "evil man" that "she" couldn´t recover from it. Not one. In fact, the earth consumes everything like a giant feeding machine. Look at the Mayan temples for that. Even the Sphinx was buried and the Pyramids are eroding.
Earth is also responsible for more human death than all of the evil despots and "religions" in history combined through earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, lightning, etc.
#9- if you were correct, I would not be employed. You would be shocked at the things companies do out of ignorance since 1989, the year I became an environmental consultant. There are a number of companies where I have worked that polluted the groundwater, air, and rivers because they didn´t want to pay to comply with rules. 2 years ago, I witnessed a fortune 100 company illegally dispose of wastes and had employees improperly treat the same to save $60K in disposal costs because they would impact the managers bonus. It was only because the state shut then down that they stopped.
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