States win ballast-water ruling
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#1 Jul 26, 2011
To little to late, Being reactive instead of Proactive. As is usually the case when it comes to these types of issues.
#2 Jul 26, 2011
That was the right ruling. Why am I not surprised it is a Republican who wants to ignore states rights when it comes to business? I hope the T-party folks are all up in arms at this blatant attempt to pre-empt states rights.
#3 Jul 31, 2011
It will take a President to instruct Congress to create comprehensive ballast water legislation to fix all the national security issues ballast water poses. Do not expect much from the Coast Guard this fall with their purposed plan as they have been expected to act before with creation of a national standard and policy. The Coast Guard has only delayed action for the first term of this administration, despite House passage of Coast Guard authorization legislation to adopt a ballast water program by a bi partisain vote of 395-7 in 2008 containing a goal and timeline. Legislation is needed authorizing the Coast Guard to carry out a mission with a set goal and quick time line in order to create meaningful protection. A program requiring mandatory installation of technology to kill bacteria and virus needs to begin now. Unfortunately with our lack of leadership allowing the continued free pass to foreign ships to pollute our waters, supplying cheap manufactured goods to our largest employers, retailers may create better job numbers with more low paying service jobs in an election year. Sadly the problem of ballast water is interlaced, not only with Americans health and environment, but also with large international business that have foreign economic interest in promoting global economic growth as the path to create American jobs through the spill over of global growth, and unfortunately most American politicians indorse this policy for money to run. Reality is, jobs are created where it is cheapest to produce and to continue a policy to insure foreign ships bringing foreign goods into our country can do it cheaply without expensive technology instalation to protec.
t our health and environment will insure continued jobs as store clerks selling foreign products , as Americans largest employment oppertunity
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