Global Water Technologies Investigates Ballast Water Treatment
Global Water Technologies, Inc. has identified ballast water treatment as an area of interest and will be participating in an event co-hosted by the Ports of Indiana and Purdue University.
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#1 Oct 21, 2010
Yea! more technology for sale, but no interest for strong regulations from the Obama administration.
#2 Oct 23, 2010
With NY going to give passes to ships allegedly waiting for better technology, it shows that the money they spent was wasted and their regulations are just a part of a smoke screen of delay, to help this administration continue delaying the Coast Guards still purposed national plan.
This administrations recent signing of a new Coast Guard Authorization bill leaving out ballast water, after Senator Boxer killed a Coast Guard Authorization bill in 2008, that passed overwhelmingly 395-7 in the House and would have protected American waters from foreign ships dumping ballast water in our waters, shows that this President is in no hurry to do anything soon to protect all American waters equally from human pathogens and virus being dumped in our waters by foreign ships delivering foreign manufactured goods. Now all the Great Lakes states are worried about NY's plan, and they should not be, because this is just being staged. Remember the presidential election year of 2012 is when NY regulations would matter.
#3 Oct 27, 2010
Voters could have a chance in 2012 to make ballast water a national problem rather than a problem and expense for the states. This would call for media to work for the common good and they should start with the human bacteria and virus in ballast water.
The enviromental policy of this administration for foreign ships bring foreign made goods into America will make sure foreign growth continues so it can provide coat tails for Americas recovery to eventually begin.
Companies are not going to invest in America knowing economic Globalization is going to continue being given priority by this administration over American manufacturing developement. It is more profitable to invest in wall street because it is reflective of the global economy and not main street America.
Americans out of work should not worry, more store clerk jobs will be available to achieve the new American dream created by our politicians bent on economic globalization with a communist country leading the way.
Do not worry China is being allowed to continue providing our country with cheap foreign made products at the expense of our environment. You can see this illustrated by this administration, delaying equal protection for the American enviroment from foreign ships dumping polluted ballast water after a House vote 2 1/2 years ago 395-7 for protection.
This administration know it would hurt the movement of foreign manufactured goods by ships, and they know economic globalization is dependent on this shipping activity.
#4 Nov 9, 2010
Haiti, cholera?? American politicians who support economic globalization with a communist country and the national media, will never allow the cause of cholera in Haiti to become main stream news if it is found to originate from ships. Has anyone ever seen or heard about human pathogens or virus in ballast water on a broadcast-ed national news program?
This cost of human life will only be considered collateral damage. To admit tar balls in lake Pontchartrain or death from pathogens in ballast water could prove to be embarrassing and create pressure to act sooner with stronger regulations. This would delay the economic recovery plan, to create money for stimulus while waiting for global economic expansion to carry our economy.
American economic recovery, under this administration, will depend on increased shipping activity of foreign goods to America, allowing renewed consumer spending on cheap imports to provide more store clerk and service jobs as the American dream, until the next global crisis.
Despite mid-term elections our President left immediately on a tour of cheap manufacturing countries offering them reassurance and creating new trade agreements while dancing in celebration, rather than work with fellow Americans (regardless of party) on domestic issues such as ballast water legislation, when it is known that this legislation would raise the cost of foreign imports making America more cost competitive. However while addressing foreign people who help supply our largest employers cheap foreign made goods he did mention that he may have to now work with "Republicans".
New York Ballast water laws set for implementation in the presidential election year 2012 affecting all Great Lakes States and Canada, and the way these laws are handled could prove to affect our future national ballast water policy.
#5 Nov 15, 2010
An article reportedly by Thom Carr stating the technology is there for ballast water, and he mentions virus in water should be sufficient to close the door on this not being just a technology problem, but an economic one!! Thom's involvement, and his belief in a national solution correlated by his educational updates made public, while working for many states laws in response to the failure of the Federal government, has brought public knowledge to a myriad of issues including state rights . The question now should be, is America free to enact laws for protection or is it a matter of foreign economic interest directing our economic recovery?
Globalization is why the US has a military delay plan for ballast water, as this administration waits for an American recovery based on the new accepted stature for The United States of America as a dependent country. Watch the Sunday morning network pundits they even now stomach this fact of dependency, and the news media teach's our young to envy Communist China.
This administration would not dare cause the cost of foreign manufactured imports to rise, despite the rhetoric about "tariffs". Ballast water legislation would promote this. The rise in import cost, as a results of legislation, was mentioned in a report for congress back in Dec 2009.
Economic recovery based on globalization would be hampered!! but there is "HOPE" This could all be subject to "CHANGE" in 2012.
#6 Nov 17, 2010
Thom Cmar correction very sorry
#7 Nov 24, 2010
Cholera is known to survive and be moved by ships in "BALLAST WATER" since President Clinton helped promote globalization with inadequate laws for ballast water in the 1990's. Besides the US economy being dependent on foreign imports, and our leaders having to kowtow to China because of economic domination. Now the North Korea aggression, diverting America to plead for China to intervene again, so they mellow their allied countries military exploits will probably put the nail in the coffin for our country to act with ballast water legislation that would affect China's bottom line.(Dose anyone wonder if China just lets North Korea stick their head out of the box to control our agenda, possibly diverting US interest from their economic manipulation?) This diplomatic dependency, along with dependency for goods to supply our largest employers plus the need to finance the wars and provide entitlements will guide this administration policy from acting with a strong US policy governing all states with equal protection ,regarding human health and ballast water. Meaningful action would have a negative short term effect on our economy and the 2012 presidential election. This administration will not worry about America's loss of stature and core values of freedom forever. They will not consider the long term effects that quick strong ballast water legislation would have to strengthen our economy, our independence and freedom for decades. With China now controlling the worlds economies by their actions and because of our politicians interlacing our economies and freedoms through treaties and debt, one has to wonder if those in the world who consider the United States the Great San tin, understand who is financing the war on terror and who is benefiting the most as Americas courageous patriotic soldiers die and are mutilated, believing they are protecting American freedoms. This administration knows economic globalization fosters dependence on China, but still they promote it for our future, as the grandiose plan for humanity rather than an American plan, relying on Communist China to lead the economies of the world in the future.
#8 Nov 24, 2010
Cholera is known to survive and be moved by ships in "BALLAST WATER" since President Clinton helped promote globalization with inadequate laws for ballast water in the 1990's. The US economy is dependent on foreign imports, with our leaders having to kowtow to China because of economic domination. Now the North Korea aggression, diverting America, to plead for China to intervene again, to mellow their allied countries military exploits will probably put the nail in the coffin for our countries ability to act with meaningful ballast water legislation that would affect China's bottom line. Knowing North Korea historically owes its existence to China and its current survival is probably dependent on them, dose anyone think that perhaps China allows North Korea out of their box to divert US attention away from currency manipulation and an agenda to bring manufacturing jobs back to our country, by creating diplomatic dependency? This diplomatic dependency, along with dependency for goods to supply our largest employers plus the need to finance the wars and provide entitlements will be the guide for this administration lack of strength to create a US policy governing all states with equal protection ,regarding human health and ballast water. Meaningful action would have a negative short term effect on our economy and the 2012 presidential election. This administration current environmental policy for ballast water shows they will not worry about America's loss of stature and core values of freedom forever. They will not consider the long term effects that quick strong ballast water legislation would have to strengthen our economy, our independence and freedom for decades. With China now controlling the worlds economies by their currency actions, controlled work force size of have and have nots , and because of our politicians interlacing our economies and freedoms through treaties and debt, one has to wonder if those in the world who consider the United States the Great Devil, understand who is financing the war on terror and who is benefiting the most as Americas courageous patriotic soldiers die and are mutilated, believing they are protecting American freedoms. Economic globalization in some business and manufacturing is inevitable and positive, but with this administration plan, our current policy of economic globalization fosters dependence on China by providing them an economic advantage to provide cheaper goods at the peril of our countries environmental destruction, by the pass given to ships bringing foreign manufactured imports. Yet they still promote it for our future, as the grandiose plan for humanity relying on Communist China to lead the economies of the world in the future.
#9 Dec 1, 2010
One interesting point about South Kprea and China--they are in competition in the ship building industry. I believe South Korea is more advanced with ballast water technology.
#10 Dec 4, 2010
With renewed interest by the IMO in ballast water in the last couple of years, but failing to craft policy and the American House of Representative calling for strong national policy and China lagging in approved ballast water technology, perhaps the presidents military delay plan for ballast water, is so communist China can catch up, and continue to lead the world in the economic recovery through globalization providing America with more temporary jobs until the next economic global crisis. Odd if South Korea is our ally. China seems to be trying to create fewer have nots in their country, by internalizing economic development. Perhaps this is why we are only experiencing a wall street recovery based on the global economy as is reflected in the latest job figure during this traditional time when our largest employers of foreign imports usually increases our employment status.
#11 Dec 4, 2010
#12 Dec 13, 2010
The best time to have enacted ballast water legislation was in 2008 when h.r.2830 passed the House 395-7 at the beginning of the global economic crisis when ship traffic, that is needed in economic globalization was curtailed. Unfortunately this administration chose to delay meaningful legislation with another study for a still purposed military plan of 20 plus years.
Knowing a report prepared for Congress in 2009 stated that legislation calling for mandatory technology installation would increase the cost of foreign manufactured products, this administration made a conscious choice to not address the issue passing up the opportunity to again place America on a level playing field in manufacturing cost. Although some forms of economic globalization are inevitable and beneficial, globalization for economic reasons, at the expense of human health and the environment of future generations is nothing more than economic greed.
In the millennium report prepared for the army in 2005-2006 detailing the military role with the environment it is made clear that international treaties are often thwarted by foreign countries and economic interest. Environmental issues are also cited as the cause of military conflicts. Sadly they also detail the governments policy will be to continue to follow the international communities lead, because of interdependency with foreign economies.
This Administration Ocean initiatives policy states that all international treaties that have been ratified and those presently being adhered to will be honored. This means in its present form the ballast water provision in the International Law of the Sea treaty will apply for the waters of the United States at the Federal level. The millennium report also states that many problems exist with coastal countries and the provisions in international treaties.
Fortunate for the environment, is pressure being applied by the individual states of our country enacting their own laws as a results of this administrations failure and the pressure of environmentalist, technology is now available to address ballast water.
Unfortunately the continued failure of this administration to act with meaningful ballast water regulation has the shipping industry procrastinating on the economic investment to retrofit with technology quickly. As more shipping companies began to retrofit slowly the effect that logistics and cost would have to again create a cost competitive America will be forever lost, as human health and our environment continue suffering while waiting for an international solution or a purposed 20 year Coast Guard plan.
Our Great Lakes are also in danger from terrorist attacks using ballast systems according to Homeland Security as stated on their own web site.
Ships used exclusively on the Great Lakes should also be required for technology as it is now know from government studies that influenza, h1n1, bird flue, and mutations occur in FRESH water lakes and glacier and moved by birds. Ballast water should not facilitate this movement.
#13 Dec 21, 2010
Even though NY ballast water laws do not go into effect until 2012 (probably with a pass to delay installation if they can show they were not able) and our presidents national military delay plan not suppose to address the issue until sometime in the middle of 2011, shipping interest are already starting to put pressure on NY's future governor to not implement the only meaningful regulations ever created that protect all the Great Lakes States equally. These regulations would prevent further destruction while also adequately protecting against human bacteria and virus. Those who hailed NY'S laws and believed, the huge expense endured by NY state as a results of this administrations failure to address ballast water with adequate regulation during these times of economic crisis may find once again just wasted tax dollars. We can only hope and pray Governor is not weak and caves in to the enormous political pressure that the lobby from the shipping industry is going to apply, as it has just started. The shipping industry has been out to kill state regulation from the beginning as was evident during their formulations when industry web articles referred to them as a "pipe dream". They know as the military millennium report states, international regulations will be slow coming and easily disregarded.
Unfortunately those who care about our countries environment, human health and the economic domination that foreign shipping has over our country because of globalization, will not be able to lobby with the economic clout that the foreign shipping industry has, and with our president and secretary of state being globalist, the pressure on governor Coumo will be enormous. NY laws are not just about NY or the Great Lakes, but they effect the economy of our whole country and are probably the last meaningful impediment to our presidents military plan coinciding with the global plan for ballast water. Without NY 'S geographic position providing equal regulation, individual state laws of other Great Lakes States will not provide equal economic status between ports when dealing with foreign economic interest.
When I started mailing letters to politicians several years ago the best advice I received was from a lady at the post office, who did not know the issue I was trying to address, but realized I was trying to work for "change", she said "remember a politician will never do anything unless it benefits themselves" It will be interesting to see if Governor Coumo cares more about his career or real long term "change" for America. Regardless of what happens, being the President ask Governor Patterson to step aside environmentalist should remember Governor Paterson despite the cost, monetarily and politically, did the right thing for all Americans on the issue of ballast water.
With 911 and The Department of Homeland Security acknowledging by their web site, their need to be involved with ballast water, Americans should have realized we need to "change" the way we do business in the world.
#15 Jan 6, 2011
(EPA,Coast Guard,Homeland Security, and 28 different state laws) It dose not take an Einstein to realize we need a comprehensive plan. Why do you think our President dose not act to protect people from human pathogens and virus in ballast water???
Here is the latest update on the Coast Guard delay plan.
"Ballast Water Discharge Standard:We have revised our expected publication date of the Ballast Water Discharge Standard rulemaking. It is now expected to publish in April 2011, rather than December 2010."
#16 Jan 10, 2011
Despite NY governor spending large amounts of money to create ballast water laws, as the states Attorney General, I am willing to bet he will cave in favor of WHATEVER plan the Coast Guard comes up with.
Interesting Senator Boxer of California kills ballast water legislation passed in the house 395-7, back in 2008 that would have protected the whole country equally over her wish for California to be able to enact stronger laws. Now articles are saying California is backing down on its current ballast water laws for being to strict. NY laws will be next to go, making President Obamas week military plan look attractive. Senator Boxers position in 2008 killing ballast water legislation, to allegedly preserve her states rights to stronger laws,(despite president Obamas reported rhetoric voicing support for legislation) was as the sponsor of the bill, former Rep Oberstar suggested BS and now it is being proven by Californias latest action.
Now after all the wasted money this administration created leaving the states to create useless laws, the Presidents delayed Coast Guard plan will provide a weakened standard with a longer time line and President Obama and the Coast Guard WILL BE PRAISED for creating protection, when THE REALITY will be, that the killing of the legislation, the house voted for in 2008 and the delayed weakened plan will favor the foreign shipping industry more than the American environment and human health. Nor will a weak military plan, be of any help to create quick protection, which would level the playing field for American manufacturing cost by ending the free pass given to foreign ships delivering foreign manufactured goods.
It really is not funny how our politicians waste our money to posture their political stature. Odd Paterson, governor of NY, ask by President Obama to step aside created strong ballast water laws- GONE!, Strickland strong advocate for ballast protection- GONE!, Oberstar creator of national ballast legislation h.r.2830- GONE! Granholm strong advocate for national ballast water regulation mentioned for Obama positions,- GONE- PASSED OVER! Governor Schwarzenegger strong environmental advocate for ballast water, GONE!- coinciding with a newly created weakening of Californias ballast water laws. Senator Boxer the killer of national ballast water laws RETAINED!, with large show of support from President Obama during elections.
It should be obvious to those who have tried to achieve strong protection for all American waters from foreign shipping pollution, that once a new weak purposal from the Coast Guard is official, it will kill the topic, and foreign shipping will have prevailed allowing continued destruction, unabated by the prospect of future stronger protection.
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