"The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern." -C.S. Lewis

Monday, December 3, 2007


The Dallas Morning News published an editorial yesterday stating that the "Commission on Environmental Quality has morphed into the Commission for Protecting Business Interests."

The DMN goes on to say that

"If the TCEQ is committed to protecting business interests, perhaps that should be its new directive. Then state leaders could create an agency that actually focuses on environmental quality."

Good points. But they're the same good points I, and others, made several years ago.

Where's the Dallas Morning News been on this issue the past few years?

Maybe if the newspapers had been on top of what's been happening, maybe the TCEQ would not have felt so free to be so corrupt.

In all the years and all the meetings and all the hearings I attended while living in Midlothian that involved the TCEQ, I never once saw local environmental reporters there. But industry leaders? They were there in droves.

So now the DMN is shocked, SHOCKED, that no one at the state level is protecting human health, and, in fact, is aiding industries to pollute at will.

Welcome to my world.

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