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Re: E-M:/ Trash-O-Meter
- Subject: Re: E-M:/ Trash-O-Meter
- From: RRRASOC@aol.com
- Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 07:53:39 EDT
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What's wrong with demagoguery?! Have you ever read, oh I don't know... Plato? Start there and work your way through to 21st century political theory literature.
For the record, I've raised serious questions on these matters for a number of years now and have yet to get much of a rational response, if any from the likes of the MEC. For example, attached is a working paper I put together that addresses many concerns regarding the surcharge issue. The response from James Clift when I forwarded it to him for comment last year was, to paraphrase, "we don't care." Sort of a "don't bother me with the facts" response.
Never once have I said or written that I was happy with waste imports or against a surcharge. I have, however, repeatedly argued that the policy solutions that have been proposed via legislation over that past several years have been poorly constructed and largely arbitrary.
Certainly I am NOT the most qualified to judge what's legitimate environmental protection but I most certainly CAN differentiate between sound public policy analysis and most of the stuff that passes for such in Lansing. Neither I nor the people I work for are "threatened" by the trash-o-meter. We just think its silly. We'd rather see a more scholarly approach taken to public policy but perhaps that's too much to expect from folks who see nothing wrong with a little demagoguery.
Michael J. Csapo
Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County
20000 W. Eight Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075
(248) 208-2273 fax