The Environmental Protection Agency regulates the oil industry, as well as other hazards. When it comes to events like what occurred during the BP spill in the Gulf last year, I believe that the agency’s regulatory powers are needed to protect the environment and attempt to protect our planet from harm. But the agency has stumbled lately when it starts to discuss whether milk spills should be labeled as an environmental hazard since milk, they state, contains oil.
We the citizens already know what would happen if this ridiculous proposal would become law. First the farmers would be hammered with pages upon pages of rules and regulations to implement. The implementations of these rules and regulations would add to the cost of the milk we purchase. Plus we would need enforcement officers hired to make sure the farmers, and possibly the cows themselves, abide by the new rules and regulations. Citations and investigations would add to the cost and the EPA would need to increase its budget.
There is also this assessment:
Dr. Sowell continues his commentary about the EPA: “Does anyone seriously believe that any farmer is going to spill enough milk to compare with the Exxon Valdez oil spill or the BP oil spill? Do you envision people fleeing their homes, as a flood of milk comes pouring down the mountainside, threatening to wipe out the village below?”
In the end it would be us who end up paying the bill for higher milk prices and more taxes to support these yahoos.
But what makes this even more asinine is the fact that the EPA could even consider milk as a potential environmental hazard to begin with. I believe it could perform a simple yet effective experiment. Gather up the board of the EPA and have each drink a glass of gasoline and a glass of milk. See if they notice the difference. Next we ask them which they would prefer their children drinking and which would pose a potential hazard to their well-being?
We are also keenly aware that once the feds got their pinkies into our milk, they would continue to add upon the regulations and make new rules or regulations. It seems that any governmental agency cannot stand not adding more crap to keep their jobs secured.
What do you think? Do you believe milk is a hazard of any type?