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February 6, 2005 - Our Responsibility To The Commons

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Sound Truth & Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
by Riki Ott

Dragonfly Sisters Press (January 1, 2005)

ISBN: 0964522667


At Amazon here. 


Jane Goodall, PhD. - "Like David confronting Goliath, Riki Ott challenges the giant Exxon to account for its lies and evasions."

Amazon Summary:

Riki Ott, PhD exposes the profound legacy of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and how readers can help reshape our global energy future.


The author chronicles the long-lasting environmental harm to Prince William Sound, Alaska, and investigates the health problems suffered by many cleanup workers. Exxon's spill provided a portal to understanding a startling truth: oil is much more toxic than we previously thought. Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$ frames the larger story of discovery of the truly toxic nature of oil.

From our friend Douglas Yates in Alaska -


Yesterday, The Independent (UK) published this about Cordova, Alaska scientist Riki Ott and her research of the long-term outcomes to the health of Exxon Valdez spill workers, including challenges to the validity of Exxon's science regarding the persistence of toxicity in oiled areas.  Applying today's science to a pollution event the magnitude of this wreck, one whose effects persist 15 years later, is the least measure of our responsibility to the commons.


I've met with Riki and attended her recent presentation in Fairbanks.  She is widely respected in her field, both inside and outside Alaska; her new book deserves wide review. Perhaps you'll lend a hand with your site.


I enclose an image of Ms. Ott that may be used for web publication.  If used, please credit 64th Parallel Press.


Best wishes,

Douglas Yates

Ester, Alaska

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Photo - 64th Parallel Press

Done.  And gladly done considering things like this –


Bush Officials Blocked EPA from Protecting Public from Harmful Mercury Pollution

Natural Resources Defense Council - Published: Feb 5, 2005


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general yesterday issued a blistering report, finding that President Bush's political appointees at EPA ordered agency experts to develop weak mercury cleanup standards for coal-fired power plants. The administration's action was based upon a political agenda in Congress, according to NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). In the report, Inspector General Nikki Tinsley says the standard should have been based "on an unbiased determination of what the top performing [utility] units were achieving in practice," as required by the Clean Air Act. (The report is available here.)

"The Bush administration wants to fool the public into believing that little can be done to reduce toxic mercury pollution from power plants, but the truth is its political hacks have sabotaged EPA's efforts to adopt pollution standards that would better protect public health," said John Walke, director of NRDC's clean air project.


They got rid of Christie Todd Whitman who used to run the EPA and call them on stuff like this, and still the EPA embarrasses them.  Nikki Tinsley will be gone soon, of course.


Enough is enough.  We do have a responsibility to the commons.



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