By now everyone is familiar with the recent edict from the bumblocrats of the European Union that purveyors of bottled water cannot claim in their advertising that water will protect against dehydration, which is the same as saying that water is not a source of hydration. What can one say about an idiotic proposition like that, except what is it about hydrogen that those fools fail to grasp?
At any rate, it became rather humorous to contemplate the root of the ruling by the EU board. There is, of course, a worldwide campaign to get rid of the plastic bottle because,Oh, dread! it doesn’t disintegrate in a landfill for X- thousands of years. Kinda like Mt. Kilimanjaro – it’s just kinda there, the whole pile of it, and it bothers people that it’s there. That and because it’s made of petroleum, another product of nature that is just there, for the use or non-use according to your pleasure, or mode of governance.
We had thought that it became fashionable and healthy for people to start consuming water, in whatever type of vessel, instead of the evil carbonated soda which dictated much of our lives for decades. While some chafed at the thought that people could actually make money, tons of money, selling water, which is abundant and free in nature, still, nutritionists and health professionals had prescribed it as actually being good for people. Well, the EU is done with all that.
And then we began to think of a little thing we have in the US, and similar laws in other nations, called the Clean Water Act. If we are now to determine that water is no longer necessary for hydration, then there must now be no longer a need for a Clean Water Act! In other words, the world-wide eco-freak, enviro-whacko movement has just eliminated any rationale for regulation regarding a sizable portion of The Environment – Water. It doesn’t need to be clean any more because it serves no purpose for animal or vegetable, and for lubricating mineral, the only remaining possible use, it doesn’t have to be clean! The environmentalists have cooked their own goose! All those hundreds and thousands of pages of restrictions, regulations, all those huffy officious types inserting themselves into other people’s affairs over the chemical compound H2O no longer have a raison d’etre. Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
Well, half free. What we need now is for the other shoe to drop and some left-wing braintrust to come up with the proposition that air is not necessary for oxygenation, and then the Clean Air Act can join the Clean Water Act in the dustbin of history. Oh, happy day!