Sunday, September 25, 2011

The master of red tape reduction

Humanists associate Dick Cheney with war crimes but his legacy of malevolence is broader. In 2005, the U.S. Congress passed legislation exempting hydraulic fracturing from oversight under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The "Halliburton Loophole" was inserted through demands of Vice President Cheney, a former CEO of Halliburton who retained substantial interests in the company, which reportedly now earns about $1.5 Billion annually from hydraulic fracturing.

2009 editorial of the New York Times, provided information about the 2005 energy act:
"It stripped the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to regulate a drilling process called hydraulic fracturing. Invented by Halliburton in the 1940s, it involves injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals, some of them toxic, into underground rock formations to blast them open and release natural gas.

"Hydraulic fracturing has been implicated in a growing number of water pollution cases across the country."


Dick Cheney is due in Vancouver Monday night to promote his recently published memoir. The Toronto Star reports
"Human Rights Watch claims that overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration, including at least two cases involving Canadian citizens, are grounds for Canada to investigate Cheney and comply with the Convention Against Torture.

"In addition, the New York-based group said that Canadian law expressly provides for jurisdiction over an individual for torture and other crimes if the complainant is a Canadian citizen, even for offences committed outside of Canada.

"It said in a news release issued Saturday that Canada had ratified the Convention Against Torture in 1987 and incorporated its provisions into the Canadian Criminal Code..."
Meanwhile, local antiwar activists are planning to give Cheney "the welcome he deserves". The StopWar Coalition is calling for a protest starting at 5:30 p.m. outside the event at the Vancouver Club.


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