A tugboat sank on Lake Champlain, and the EPA is looking into removing the diesel fuel to avoid contamination of the lake.

This is good and honorable, and the EPA is to be commended for taking an active role in protecting the environment.

And now, as Paul Harvey used to say, here’s the rest of the story.  The tug sank forty-seven years ago.  The tug sank five days before Kennedy was assassinated.  This is not breaking news.

They don’t know how much oil might have been on the boat.  They have no reason to suspect that there is any imminent risk of leaking.

And yet, the EPA has decided that they want to spend some of my tax money on something that happened almost a half-century ago.  Ms. Lisa Jackson, head of the EPA, please stop spending my money.  I am completely fine with the tugboat resting where it is until there is nothing left but a small mound of unrecognizable rust.  The oil will have dispersed completely, as seems to be happening with the oil in the gulf.  And the William H. McAllister probably didn’t hold anywhere close to the 140-ish million gallons of oil that has spilled into the gulf.

But I tilt at windmills.  The administrator of the EPA has lots of quotes floating around her web page, like this:

We have greater opportunities to protect human health and the environment than ever before.

“Have” opportunities?  How about “creating” or “taking” opportunities?  And while you’re at it, how about “No, thanks, Ms. Jackson, I’m not interested in that much protection.”.

I’m an adult, and don’t need or want a nanny state to take care of me.

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