My latest Science Progress column just went up: It’s about the strong rebuke (PDF) that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit just gave the Bush administration on the subject of mercury pollution.
The good news is that the administration’s sham regulatory policy for this dangerous metal has now been blasted by the courts. The bad news? Ten years after the Clinton administration first tried to save children from mercury–from brain damage–we still don’t have a regulatory policy.
That’s pathetic, but it’s also typical of this administration. As I conclude the column:
In general…the mercury story sounds a lot like the global warming story: We’ve had an administration that denied the science, rigged the economics, and did nothing. And we had it for two terms. Finally it’s coming to an end, but the costs may be incalculable.
You can read the whole column here.