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S.O.S. From Vermont

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Author: the Inkslinger

As Jeffrey has noted, here in Vermont these days the roof of our world is dyed deep blue and the sunlight falls through air that’s almost primevally fresh and clear. You could say they’re perfect skies, but they might be a whole lot less so soon. Turns out we’ve got a bit of a potentially unhappy atmospheric situation looming over our home turf. And we need everyone out here in Blogland to lend a quick helping hand. Please read on and come to our aid…

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New Evidence Points to the Precautionary Need for More Natural Nurturing

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Author: the Inkslinger

Personally, I don’t need any more convincing, but if there’s anyone still on the fence about the importance of the Precautionary Principle, a sudden spate of recent news about the surprising effects of our bodies’ unseen contact with pollutants should be enough to send you running for the nearest haz-mat suit.

Here’s the sudden science in a non-toxic nutshell…

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Want to Really Leave No Child Behind?

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Author: the Inkslinger

I’d start with the National Children’s Study. You can check out the details here. But essentially this is a project that would follow 100,000 kids from birth to age 21 in order to find out how environmental factors (pollution, chemicals, etc.) affect childhood health and development. It’s a great idea. Long overdue. Desperately needed.

So naturally it’s been totally de-funded. The 2007 White House Budget includes exactly $00.00 for the NCS. If you’ve got a couple of spare moments, the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition is asking us all to sign a message of support for the project asking Congress to add a $69 million appropriation to the budget that would allow scientists to continue working on the study, which has been in the planning stages for the last few and is getting ready to start in earnest.

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TRI Wins Reprieve! (Ya Gotta Love Election Years...)

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Author: the Inkslinger

There is most excellent news from the hallowed halls of Congress this morning: The Pallone-Solis Toxic Right-to-Know Amendment was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 231 to 187. The amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill prevents the EPA from spending so much as one thin dime on enacting changes that would dramatically reduce the effectiveness of the Toxic Release Inventory.

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RED ALERT!

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Author: the Inkslinger

This just in… Congress is set to vote on an amendment to the Interior Appropriations Bill that would prohibit the EPA from gutting the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), the annual program that forces companies to tell you and I what pollutants they’re exposing us to in our communities. The Pallone-Solis Toxic Right-to-Know Amendment would preserve the TRI by preventing the EPA from spending any money to change it.

The House may vote on this amendment tomorrow, May 18th. We call on all responsible citizens to rally around its cause and call or write their congressional Representative immediately in support of this vital legislation. That means you! Please take a moment to help. We need the TRI and right now the TRI needs us.

The name of and contact information for your district’s U.S. Representative can be easily found here. If you’re pressed for time, a simple e-mail message can be sent from this page. For more information about the Pallone-Solis Amendment, head here. For background information on twisted plan to de-fang this important regulatory tool, read this article in the November 2005 issue of the Non-Toxic Times.

The future is in our hands. PLEASE CALL OR WRITE RIGHT NOW!

GO! DO! ACT! SAVE!

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Good News, Bad People

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Author: the Inkslinger

Kind of a slow news day here at the ranch (and by “ranch” I mean the unholy paper-, book-, and compact disc-strewn hovel that passes, at least after a few pints of fresh Vermont ale, for my “office”), but here are a couple of interesting items that fell out of the ether this morning. Got some good news (crucial rainforest saved for endangered orangutans. Huzzah!) and some bad news (orangutans in White House leave every child behind in an ICU. Boo hiss!)

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