New Lake Michigan “Czar” Has History of Blind Eye Toward Pollution
You remember Cameron Davis don’t you? He is the president of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, the “environmental” organization that was napping (for several years now) while the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) has poured billions of gallons of raw sewage into Lake Michigan. In yet another move to solidify Chicago politicians hold grip on Federal issues, Cameron Davis has been named as a sort of extra-constitutional “Czar” to “clean-up” the Great Lakes.
Sure enough, Lake Michigan Water Quality and Cameron Davis bizarre approach to it, was one of the first issues that the Chicago Daily Observer ever covered, here by Dennis Byrne, questioning what standard, if any, is applied to businesses located near Lake Michigan. Then, questioned in an open letter by John Powers regarding (one of a string) of massive sewage dumps into Lake Michigan by the MWRD.
To which Davis responded (in non-sequitir) that “for every new measure of pollution per day that BP discharges from Whiting, it commits to knocking off $1 per gallon of gas that same day”, and reminisces about the old days when the MWRD routinely reversed the flow of the Chicago river. We suppose that we are supposed to be thankful that the MWRD only dumped Billions of gallons of sewage into Lake Michigan swimming and drinking water last year.
It was responsible of Cameron Davis to answer the Chicago Daily Observer, and we thank him for that. But the practice of polluting Lake Michigan by politically connected organizations has only increased since that time. While making a stink about a trivial increase in Lake Michigan dumping at British Petroleum in Whiting, Indiana (echoed by Mayor Daley, Rep. Kirk and Rep Lipinski), Cameron Davis has ignored massive dumping of untreated sewage into Lake Michigan by the unaccountable MWRD.
One might think that environmental organizations would hold all polluters to a set of standards when fighting for clean water. One might also think that environmental organizations were capable of some basic arithmetic in determining what is a serious problem and what is a pro-forma Left-Wing attack on legitimate business. But our experience with Chicago politicians shows this to be dead wrong. Taking Machine politics nationwide was one of the great dangers of electing Barack Obama to executive office. Appointing run of the mill political actors like Valerie Jarrett, Arne Duncan, and now Cameron Davis takes limited local players onto the national stage, which begs the question…is Congress and the National Press up to the task of checking the Chicagoans?
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