April 27, 2011 | 27 comments
An environmental regulatory binge is killing Democrats in the Farm Belt. Just ask Blanche Lincoln.
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This reversal infuriates growers who depend on the weed-killer. It also puts atrazine’s manufacturer, Syngenta Crop Protection, and even supporters like Jere White, directly in the crosshairs of personal-injury attorneys, who have been buoyed by the EPA’s expressed concerns.
“I testified in support of atrazine at last week’s SAP, sharing our concerns over trial-attorney harassment of stakeholders as part of my comments,” White told the senators. “The very next day, activist attorneys sought and obtained subpoenas against Kansas Corn, Kansas Grain Sorghum, and me personally.” The subpoenas order White to produce tens of thousands of private memos, emails, public statements, speeches, and other documents spanning more than a decade.
“With fifty years of safe use,” White concluded, “if you cannot defend atrazine, what product is there that we will be able to use?”
Questions like these echo throughout the Farm Belt these days. Mired in recession, plagued by the constant challenges intrinsic to their professions, growers and ranchers look upon the EPA’s overbearing regulatory apparatus as the epitome of everything that they detest about Washington, D.C. Their anger and frustration is reflected in sinking poll support for the party in power. “Is it any wonder that the American public is so upset?” asked Croplife’s Jay Vroom, in a pointed reference to the coming elections.
Few are more aware of this rebellious mood than beleaguered Democratic incumbents such as Blanche Lincoln.
“It is truly the uncertainty and unpredictability that comes out of Washington that is going to fail us in putting our economy back on track and people back to work,” she declared.
She might have added: “… and fail in putting people like me back to work.”
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