Thursday, December 07, 2006

Too absurd not to be real

Even a tiny amount of lead can damage children's nervous systems badly and permanently. The danger of lead poisoning continues to lurk in the soil and old paint, among other places, but three decades after the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the removal of lead from our gasoline, the lead concentrations in America's air have fallen by more than 90 percent.

At that rate, we're in danger of birthing future generations that may never know what it's like to breathe lead-tainted air. But fear not; the leader who earlier this year suggested cutbacks on environmental regulations as a key way to lower gas prices is still in charge. Now that we have plenty of spare room in the nation's atmosphere where all the lead used to be, the Bush administration wants to try to eliminate the EPA limitations that have reduced the amount of lead in our lungs for so many years.

There must be a worse idea out there somewhere, right?


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