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Reflected in the worsened respiratory health of NYC residents (via the WTC Health Registry), a federal judge ruled (NYT; bugmenot) former Bush administration EPA chief and NJ governor Christine Todd Whitman misled New York City residents about air quality after the attacks of 9/11. Whether or not the then-head of the Environmental Protection Agency was pressured by Bush economic policy director Lawrence Lindsey to "get the financial markets open quickly" (longer 9/11 commission report) despite concerns, her PR consulting firm continues to do greenwashing for petrochemical corporations with very poor environmental records, including FMC, responsible for 136 Superfund sites across the country.
posted by Rothko (15 comments total)

 
Whitman was on TV with Jon Stewart last night on the Daily show, pushing for the Republican moderate group My Party Too!. However, it seems with this post she's just another Republican liar.
posted by Kickstart70 at 9:22 AM on February 4, 2006


it's Whitman's Lung.

We all breathed it in as the wind blew it first to Brooklyn and Jersey, and the next day uptown, and the emergency workers and salvage people did so for weeks and weeks. And we knew they were lying when they said it was safe--it had a taste and a smell.
posted by amberglow at 9:50 AM on February 4, 2006


I know. Anyone who thought that shit was safe to breathe wasn't breathing it. A few days after the eleventh, I got caught in a cloud of it and woke up coughing for a week. I guess I'm glad people are admitting it now, but I don't see why people were inclined to believe it in the first place.
posted by dame at 9:58 AM on February 4, 2006


Since that day, my lungs have never been the same. I have chronic respiratory issues - I'm congested, my sinuses bother me and I have horrible allergies. The smell (and accompanying particles) lingered in the air for months.
posted by discokitty at 10:00 AM on February 4, 2006


Were the fuck is the chickenhawks republicass outrage ? I don't hear dems screaming either ?
posted by elpapacito at 10:14 AM on February 4, 2006


Ailments, struggles of 9/11 EMT who died not unique
For many rescue workers, disaster still strikes in the after effects of 9/11

... Theirs was the fellowship of the walking wounded. DeShore said she coughed up "granulated glass and grayish, blackish specks" every morning for a month. Keller told Newsday in 2003 that for two days he coughed up handfuls of dirt, sand and stones "as if someone had ground his face and mouth into a sandbox." Nonetheless, for five months, he, like many EMTs, worked his normal shift and returned to Ground Zero at night to help search for body parts, said EMT Eileen Hix, 40, of Medford.

posted by madamjujujive at 10:33 AM on February 4, 2006


Hillary and Nadler are trying to stir something up.
posted by Mr_Zero at 10:33 AM on February 4, 2006


Did any other judges in the same courthouse, hearing similar cases against Mrs. Whitman, reach the opposite conclusion?

No kidding.
posted by techgnollogic at 11:32 AM on February 4, 2006


Did any other judges in the same courthouse...

"Judges" or just one judge?
posted by Rothko at 11:41 AM on February 4, 2006


Did you not think his ruling was relevant to your post? Or did you fear that it was?
posted by techgnollogic at 11:59 AM on February 4, 2006


I didn't think it was relevant, no. Feel free to email me off-site if you'd genuinely like to know why.
posted by Rothko at 12:44 PM on February 4, 2006


her PR consulting firm continues to do greenwashing for petrochemical corporations with very poor environmental records, including FMC, responsible for 136 Superfund sites across the country.

Corporate fascism marches on.

Anyone read "The Falls"?
posted by nofundy at 12:49 PM on February 4, 2006


I remember a suggestion that there should have been massive misting of the air in order to capture the particulates and "rain" them to the ground. It's a shame they chose to lie instead of innovate.
posted by dhartung at 12:51 PM on February 4, 2006


It's a shame they chose to lie instead of innovate.

You don't understand. Lying is how the Bush administration innovates. Creative lying is their most advanced technique.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:18 PM on February 4, 2006


Can anyone point to the actual opinions of the two different rulings? I don't think that a second judge coming to the "opposite" conclusion necessarily means that he found that Whitman did not mislead the public, as he could just have a broad interpretation of immunity - that is, even if Whitman misled, she did so in the course of her official duties and therefore should not be sued in her personal capacity. The descriptions of the case make me think that the decisions turned on a reading of immunity, and in what capacity Whitman was acting, not necessarily a substantive reading on the actual air quality in Manhattan post-9/11 versus the contents of Whitman's comments regarding that air quality.

But to be safe, let me decry activist judges. Just so everyone knows I'm against them. Got it? Good.
posted by buddha9090 at 8:01 AM on February 6, 2006


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