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Jul. 8 2009 - 12:49 pm | 29 views | 2 recommendations | 8 comments

Mining uranium on a 6,000-year-old planet

From the Department of Fuzzy Logic comes an interesting explanation as to why Arizona should loosen its environmental regulations on mining uranium. Here’s the honorable Sylvia Allen (R), an Arizona State Senator, with the mind-boggling take:

So, just to try and get this straight: Because the earth is 6,000 years old (a-hem) and there weren’t any meddlesome environmental restrictions back before the industrial revolution and the planet still managed to survive… Oh hell, what’s the point.


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    This should be entitled Why America is Screwed Up.

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    Wow. What a twit. I don’t want my grandchildren to have the same lifestyle as I do, I want them to have a better one. What happened to compare up not down? How about the fact that while the earth has been around for AT LEAST 6,000 years, the industrial revolution is a fairly new addition to the demands on the planet. Finally, I’m betting that just about anyone who is half-sober would be able to tell that there was a mine there. I love how she said she was for it, just in case you missed that.

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    Just too fucking weird to comment any further!

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    Sadly, there are folks just like this misguided soul serving in other government positions (Boards of Education, as well as teachers) who fervently believe the same damn nonsense. Before I moved from Alabama to this relatively enlightened area here in the Sunshine State (a scary statement, I realize), I knew a “science teacher” (5th grade) who refused to teach her students about dinosaurs because the relevant scientific facts concerning the quite successful, yet ultimately unfortunate creatures violated her nutty religious tenets (yes, yes, a redundancy at the end there, I know). David, you and your family will be missed around here. It was a pleasure teaching your son – His creativity, intelligence and drive to learn and accomplish spoke well of both him and his family. Best wishes.

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    jvan,

    The Sunshine State is better off having you here. A fantastic science teacher. I hope the state continues to let you do what do best: push those young minds.

    If you’re ever out in California, look us up.

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