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Fri Nov 17, 2017, 08:26 PM

Cheerfully destroying the Great Lakes

Here's a name you probably never heard of, but ought to remember: Dan Lauwers, who is one of many not very remarkable or interesting Michigan Republican legislators.

That is, except for one thing: He is perfectly willing to endanger, if not destroy the ecology of the Great Lakes so that rich people can save a few bucks on treating their ballast water.

What's more, Lauwers, who owns a grain elevator in rural St. Clair County, was the chief sponsor of a bill to do just that.

Now in his last term, not seen as star material by his party and freed from the need to worry about any more elections, he managed to get a bill through the house to get rid of Michigan's requirement that ships that come from the world's oceans properly treat their ballast water before dumping it.

Read more: https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/cheerfully-destroying-the-great-lakes/Content?oid=7107466

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Fri Nov 17, 2017, 08:33 PM

1. Invasive species will destroy the lakes

Missouri Dept of Conservation begs and pleads with people about cleaning off boats/motors/etc when going from lake to lake. Zebra mussels and other invasive species are bad news.

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Fri Nov 17, 2017, 08:56 PM

2. Republicans.

It was not until the late 80ís that I really started paying attention to politics. Maybe there has been a republican somewhere along the way that I have forgotten about but I cannot think of one republican (since I have been paying attention) that has shown any concern for the planet and it is a lack of logic or reasoning that leaves me confused.

Republicans are humans they need food, water, air just like everyone else to survive. Yet they show an astounding lack of concern for keeping the planet healthy so it continues to supply those basic needs.

I have come to the conclusion that there is only one reason for their position on the environment. That they actually believe in climate change and are trying to squeeze every last drop of profit out of the planet that they can before climate change smacks humans back to the Stone Age.

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