- Posted October 1, 2013 by
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Shutdown over: What next?
Shut It Down, Take Us Back to the Past
They are the same scientists that had literally worked night and day during the Deep Water Horizon disaster to make sure that the air along the gulf coast was safe to breathe. They tested hundreds of water samples to see if there were harmful effects of the dispersants used to mitigate the oil spill. The same folks that went into the Hurricane Katrina disaster area to bring back environmental samples and offer assistance to the people of a devastated area. The same analysts that collect and analyze thousands of samples each year from people's wells, abandoned hazardous waste sites, drinking water supplies, and homes and businesses.
If you ask them, most say they simply want to do a good job while helping people and the environment. All have bachelors, masters and PhDs in science. They are certainly not getting rich working for the federal government, but up until this year they felt they had good secure jobs working for a purpose they believe in: to protect human health and the environment. Now they are beginning to wonder why they vilified by certain politicians for doing the jobs they were hired to do and want to do. As federal employees they are trashed by some of the same politicians who tweet on social media that one good thing to come out of the shut down is that EPA won't be able to issue more regulations.
These same scientists are starting to wonder why some politicians bash them much the same as they do welfare and food stamp recipients. I am starting to wonder how long these bright young scientist are going to put up with this kind of uncertainty and political scape-goating before they move on to different jobs. When that happens, and it certainly will, if our dysfunctional government continues down this path, I figure the same politicians that orchestrated the shut down will have achieved their goal. They will have taken the country back to the environmental legacy of the 1960s.