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In Spite of the Vote, Odds Are against Brits Leaving the EU

Paul Craig Roberts

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June 24, 2016

by Paul Craig Roberts

Despite the Vote, the Odds Are Against Britain Leaving the EU — Paul Craig Roberts
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Despite the Vote, the Odds Are Against Britain Leaving the EU

Paul Craig Roberts

The Brexit vote shows that a majority of the British voters understand that the UK government represents interests other than the interests of the British people. As difficult as the British know it is to hold their own government to account, they understand they have no prospect whatsoever of holding the EU government to account. During their time under the EU, the British have been reminded of historical times when law was the word of the sovereign.

The propagandists who comprise the Western political and media establishments succeeded in keeping the real issues out of public discussion and presenting the leave vote as racism. However, enough of the British people resisted the brainwashing and controlled debate to grasp the real issues: sovereignty, accountable government, financial independence, freedom from involvement in Washington’s wars and conflict with Russia.

The British people should not be so naive as to think that their vote settles the matter. The fight has only begun. Expect:

— The British government to come back to the people and say, look, the EU has given us a better deal. We can now afford to stay in.

— The Fed, ECB, BOJ, and NY hedge funds to pound the pound and to short British stocks in order to convince the British voters that their vote is sinking the economy.

— More emphasis on the vote’s weakening of Europe, leaving all to the mercy of “Russian aggression.”

— Hard to resist bribes (and threats) to prominent members of the leave majority and pressure on such leave leaders as Boris Johnson to be reasonable, concillatory and to maintain good relations with Washington and Europe, and to reach a compromise on remaining in the EU.

— Expect the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to attribute the loss of British jobs and investment opportunities to the leave vote.

Once you learn to think about how things really are and not as the presstitutes present them,
you will be able to add to the list all by yourself.

Remember, the Irish voted against the EU and pressure was kept on them until they reversed their vote. This is the likely fate of the British.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments and his Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

Copyright © Paul Craig Roberts 2016

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The Sierra Club is concerned the lack of action poses a risk to the future of Oahu’s drinking water supply

June 23, 2016

HONOLULU, HAWAII -- The Honolulu Board of Water Supply has called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Hawaii Department of Health to a public meeting on Monday to answer questions and address concerns about the handling of the jet fuel leaks at Red Hill.

Public Meeting Red Hill Jet Fuel Leak Update
Monday, June 27, 2016 at 2PM
Honolulu Board of Water Supply
630 South Beretania Street, Room 311
Honolulu

“The lack of urgency is astounding," said Marti Townsend, Director for the Sierra Club of Hawaii. "It's been two years and there is no progress in cleaning up the 27,000 gallons of fuel, and no leak prevention system installed."

Hawaii’s Department of Health entered into an “Agreement on Consent” with the U.S. Navy and Environmental Protection Agency in September 2015 to map out a plan for addressing the public outcry following the latest jet fuel leak at this facility.

“The three agencies must demonstrate that the fuel storage facility in Red Hill has no detrimental effect on the environment, especially the drinking water supply. This means cleaning up contaminants already in the environment, ensuring no future leaks, and broadly monitoring for any effects on public health,” said Townsend. “If this burden cannot be met, then it is in the public’s best interest to retire this particular storage facility.”

Groundwater monitoring since the leak in 2014 document elevated levels of jet fuel contaminants near the facility. These tanks are located less than 100 feet above the aquifer connected to the drinking water supply for a quarter of Oahu’s population. The Sierra Club, among many others, is concerned that the responsible agencies are not acting quickly enough to clean up legacy contamination and prevent future leaks from occurring.

"Leak detection does not protect the public or the environment from contamination. Only leak prevention can do that," Townsend added.

The public is encouraged to attend the public meeting at the Board of Water Supply headquarters to hear directly from officials with the Hawaii Health Department and U.S. EPA. “We are grateful that the Honolulu Board of Water Supply is providing this opportunity for our concerns to be raised and our questions answered because communication is key to building trust,” added Townsend.

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EPA's Red Hill Update (March 2016)

Honolulu Board of Water Supply's comments in response to the narrowed scope of work at Red Hill (June 3, 2016)

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