In another expression of the Bush administration's loyalty to energy corporations at the expense of the public good, the EPA recently announced that it will lower previously planned requirements for the reduction of mercury pollution produced by power plants. And it will postpone by 10 years the implementation of these lowered standards.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 4.9 million women of childbearing age in the U.S. (8 percent) have unsafe levels of mercury in their blood. Every year over 630,000 infants are born with levels of mercury in their blood so high they can cause brain damage.
When introducing legislation to ban "partial birth" abortion last year, President Bush claimed to be interested in promoting a culture that is life-affirming. Why would someone who wants to protect the right to life of unborn children support policies that increase the likelihood of those same children suffering brain damage?