A Fallen Hero
Written By Jon Gold
In February 2005 , “Speakers at the national meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science expressed concern Sunday that some scientists in key federal agencies are being ignored or even pressured to change study conclusions that don’t support policy positions.” Their concerns are well-founded. In June 2005, The New York Times reported that Philip A. Cooney, “removed or adjusted descriptions of climate research that government scientists and their supervisors, including some senior Bush administration officials, had already approved” so as to play down emissions’ links to Global Warming. Mr. Cooney served as chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Now, however, he serves Exxon . In July 2005, the EPA purposefully held back incriminating reports about our fuel economy so an Energy Bill that served not the people, but the corporations, would pass. As quoted by CBS News , the energy bill “sends billions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to energy companies, but is expected to do little to reduce U.S. oil consumption or dampen high energy prices.” The EPA’s report stated, “loopholes in American fuel economy regulations have allowed automakers to produce cars and trucks that are significantly less fuel-efficient, on average than they were in the late 1980’s.” No wonder they didn’t want it to be known. We’ve done nothing to become more fuel-efficient, and in fact, have gone backwards. Now, as a result, we’ve passed an energy bill that helps us not at all.
In August 2003, CBS News reported that “White House officials pressured the agency to prematurely assure the public that the air was safe to breathe a week after the World Trade Center collapse”. Why would they do such a thing? Now, as a result, 9/11 firefighters are suffering from long-term lung damage, and now, sadly, a 9/11 Hero has died. Of the 97 dogs that were deployed to Ground Zero, 18 of them have died as well. It’s interesting to note that the New York Post is reporting Zadroga “was in 7 World Trade Center when it started to collapse.” Considering Mr. Dara McQuillan , a spokesman for Silverstein Properties, stated on September 9, 2005 that Larry Silverstein’s “Pull It” comment was referring to getting the firemen out, it’s amazing he was still in there.
In March 2004, residents, students, and office workers in Lower Manhattan filed a class action lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, Christine Todd Whitman, former administrator of EPA, Marianne L. Horinko, former assistant administrator and then administrator of EPA, and Michael Leavitt, administrator of EPA since 2003. The complaint alleges that the defendants violated the law when they, “made materially misleading statements regarding the safety of air quality in Lower Manhattan shortly after September 11, 2001, failed to follow federal laws mandating that EPA take lead responsibility for the cleanup of buildings and residences in response to terroristic attacks, delegated all responsibility for the cleanup to the City of New York which was ill-equipped to handle the situation, failed to properly supervise and oversee the cleanup efforts by the City of New York, referred the public to cleanup guidelines issued by the City of New York which were contrary to EPA standards and grossly inadequate to properly cleanup the hazardous substances, failed to properly assess the complete geographic scope of the hazard, and failed to remediate the problems through their voluntary cleanup program.”
Unfortunately, the deceit does not end with 9/11. Hugh Kaufmann , a Senior Policy Analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency, said that in regards to Katrina, “that a government cover-up is taking place right now, as we speak, to hide information about the dangerous toxins in the flood waters of the Gulf Coast region.” Hugh Kaufmann was also the chief investigator for the 9/11 clean-up. He says, “that the Bush administration engaged in the same practice after 9/11?covering up the truth about the dangers in the air and water and lying to the public in the weeks after the disaster.”
The sad thing is, there are people within our Government who are aware of what’s going on with the EPA and the Bush Administration, and have done little to nothing about it. In October 2005, the Associated Press reported that “The Bush administration was accused Thursday by senators in both parties of minimizing health hazards from the toxic soup left by Hurricane Katrina, just as they said it did with air pollution in New York from the Sept. 11 attacks .” In December 2005, the Associated Press also reported Congress Researchers , “say the Environmental Protection Agency skewed its analysis of air pollution legislation to favor President Bush’s plan”. Hillary Clinton and Jerrold Nadler of New York , “had criticized past EPA testing efforts and demanded more thorough scientific work.”, and now as a result, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed a new, “plan for testing any dust that may remain in private homes and commercial space from the collapse of the World Trade Center more than four years ago.” Lawmakers even addressed it as being “too little, too late”, and I’m sure Hillary is thinking about 2006, and possibly 2008 (Heaven forbid).
It’s a damn shame the media isn’t covering the death of a 9/11 Hero. Maybe it would open up people’s minds to what’s going on. I guess that not what the “Powers That Be” want.
9/11 COP’S LUNG DEATH Source: NYPost
By MURRAY WEISS
January 7, 2006 — A police detective has died from lung disease, which the NYPD believes he contracted while working at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.
The tragedy makes James Zadroga, 34, the first rescue worker to die from illness attributed to the Ground Zero rubble, a police spokesperson said yesterday.
The Manhattan homicide detective retired in 2004 because of his disability. He died at his family’s Jersey home yesterday.
“He was a hero, he disregarded his own health and life to rescue people at Ground Zero,” said Michael Palladino, head of the Detectives’ Endowment Association.
Zadroga, whose wife died two years ago from cancer at age 29, was in 7 World Trade Center when it started to collapse. He spent another 470 hours in the soot-filled wreckage.
One month after he returned to the Manhattan South precinct, Zadroga fell ill. Within two years, he developed “black lung disease,” police said.
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