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Why Corporations Prefer State Regulation

And the 1% responsible for these disasters have bought the media and bamboozled enough of the public to make “government regulation” a dirty word.

Corporate ripoff

(PORTLAND) - Within the past two months, several major environmental disasters have exposed the failure of state regulators, who serve the corporations they “regulate” as their clients, to protect the lives and health of the public. In most cases, state regulators are executive branch agencies reporting to governors and subject to oversight by state legislatures. To wit:

1) Oregon’s Dept of Transportation allowed BNSF, Genesee & Wyoming, Union Pacific and every other railroad to keep secret information about the oil trains they sent through the state. In 2013, about 11,000 oil cars were sent to a Clatskanie terminal alone.

2) North Carolina’s North Carolina Dept of Environment and Natural Resources allowed Duke Power to pour toxic coal ash into its Dan and Cape Fear rivers.

3) West Virginia’s Dept of Environmental Protection allowed Freedom Industries to spew their cancer-causing chemicals into its Elk river.

4) Washington’s Dept of Natural Resources allowed Grandy Lake Forest (a foreign company) to clear cut right above the massive Oso mudslide that has just killed at least 30 people.

And the 1% responsible for these disasters have bought the media and bamboozled enough of the public to make “government regulation” a dirty word.

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