Wednesday, May 6, 2009
What is this guy doing?
If you think this guy is putting up markers to honor the war dead in Iraq or Afghanistan you'd be wrong. He's putting up markers to honor the people that R.W. Grace Corp. killed by exposing them to asbestos. In the small town of Libby, Montana population 2000 some 225 people have died from asbestos exposures. As asbestos can take up to 30 years to kill you I'm sure we'll see more deaths in the future. Libby Montana
But a little background as to why I really hate George W. Bush and the rest of his thugs the republican party. When the news of Libby broke several years ago the EPA was all set to move this little town to a high place on the superfund list. Everything was set and clean up of the town had started. Then George W. stepped in and signed an executive order stating that there was no danger to the population of Libby. Six top EPA officials upon reading this executive order threatened to resign. Bush backed down and overturned the order and the legal case against R.W. Grace continued as did the clean up. The closing arguments of one of the trials is set for today as the case goes to the jury. This is one of those cases where all the money in the world won't make much difference when you know the odds of your survival are very slim. For executives to be so stupid and greedy as to put not only an entire towns life at risk but their own as well is beyond imagination. The asbestos dust was everywhere in that town. It was used as loose attic insulation. The company would offer mine tailings for free rather than pay to have it removed.
I recall seeing the film of one executive testifying about what they did as if it was no big deal. I was later told he died about a year later from the very asbestos from which he made his money. A Bush supporter I'm sure.
Every year on Memorial day the town holds a memorial for the people who lost their lives to R.W. Grace