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AWARD WINNING NEWS GURU MILES O’BRIEN …BUSTS BROKEN GOVERNMENT..SUPPRESSED SCIENCE

Broken Government: Scorched Earth

Miles O’Brien,CNN Correspondent, unveils the links between politics,greed and private industry compromising environment and human health.

One segment of the feature focused on Asarco’s copper smelting plant and its battle with El Pa so Texas to restart operations. Copper smelting has long been associated with toxins including sulfur dioxide, lead and carbon monoxide —

O’Briens report included an interview with lead poisoning pioneer Philip Landrigan,MD who first documented the effects of lead poisoning on American children, forever changing public perception and policy.

Lead toxicity, at the high end, coma and convulsions resulted, but at the lower levels, there is still damage to the brain, which shows up as loss of IQ, slowing of reaction time, hyperactivity, short attention span and inability to concentrate on a task.http://www.cdc.gov/eis/about/landrigan.htm

In 1984 the New York Times reported that The Asarco Copper Smelter, the nation’s biggest source of arsenic pollution,ttp://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9B06E5D91539F933A05755C0A962948260

POSTED BY BILL COUZENS,FOUNDER LESSCANCER.ORG

CNN’s “Broken Government: Scorched Earth,……..

http://scitech.blogs.cnn.com/
SciTechBlog
February 20, 2008
Environment suffers as politics simmer
Posted: 05:11 PM ET
Miles O’Brien CNN

Of all the issues on Earth, the values of clean air and a healthy environment aren’t where you would expect to find a broken government and political gridlock.
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Concerns about global warming, endangered species, energy and water supplies are mounting and many see the environment as the staging ground for a great train wreck between science, politics, money and ideology.

CNN’s “Broken Government: Scorched Earth,” examines tangled policies and ambitions and finds that the federal government has often stood in the way of environmental solutions. And, in some cases, well-intended programs have made problems worse rather than better.

In the Badlands of South Dakota, rancher Marv Jobgen is less than thrilled to share his federally-subsidized grazing land with prairie dogs, which are competing with his cattle to graze on grass. One federal agency hopes to expand a prairie dog poisoning program — on the same land where a rival federal agency is working to save the prairie dog.

The rodents may be competition for Jobgen’s cattle, but they’re dinner for the highly-endangered black-footed ferret. The ferrets are staging a government-backed comeback from the brink of extinction, but it all may be imperiled when the same government begins poisoning their food supply. Jobgen’s frustration is shared on all sides: environmentalists, government biologists who oversaw the ferret’s recovery, and ranchers……..

– Miles O’Brien, CNN Science & Technology Correspondent

Watch “Broken Government: Scorched Earth” on Thursday, February 21, at 11 p.m. ET, immediately following the CNN Debate live in Austin, Texas.