SuburbanFarmer wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:18 am
Are we conflating ‘government consent’ with ‘responsibility for the actions of the Uber-wealthy’? Like, was the government responsible for the Cuyahoga catching fire, or deaths by fracking poison, or coal mining runoff?
Which Cuyahoga River Fire are you talking about ? 1868, 1883, 1887, 1912, 1922, 1936, 1941, 1948, 1952, or 1969.
Cleveland welcomed big industries into it's city and continuously gave them business licenses, knowing full well they were polluting the Cuyahoga. Big names like American Ship Building, Sherwin-Williams Paint Company, Republic Steel and Standard Oil. The government of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio just took the tax dollars and did nothing about river fires for a century. No doubt the politicians of Ohio were well paid by the likes of Rockefeller to allow them to keep dumping into the Cuyahoga.
The modern telling of the Cuyahoga is how the Federal Government saved us all with the EPA. But ignores a century of the government doing nothing. The government will only act when they are threatened politically and the payoffs no longer pencil out.