By New York Post
Banning phosphates in dishwasher soap was supposed to save the fish in the Great Lakes, but it isn’t. There is more algae than ever and a new report says that further study is what is needed. But don’t tell the enviro-activists anything like that. All they can do is scream about banning more soap now, now now. “We do not have time for more studies, more modeling, more anything,” said David Spangler, a charter boat captain from Oak Harbor, Ohio and a member of the Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association. “We need to fix it yesterday.”
The EPA’s Lisa Jackson is moving to “solve” the algae problem with more government oversight and intervention. And meanwhile the scientists say they jsut don’t know enough to have an answer.
Joseph Koonce is a Case Western Reserve University biology professor and the co-chairman of the group that wrote the algae report, who argues that further research is needed to determine the roles of each of the presumed causes. “It’s clear that the problem is getting worse,” Koonce said. “The public demands us to do something. But we need more information.”
“We’re dealing with complexities that we don’t appreciate,” he said.
And meanwhile, the glasses that go through the dishwasher come out grey and cloudy because the soap has no phosphates in it. Let’s stop the scourge of algae, by all means, but let’s not do it on the backs of useful technologies and improvements in our quality of life. And certainly not if the solution doesn’t actually cure the disease.
Read the article at: