The California Senate has rocks for brains, Democrats and Republicans alike. With the State budget swirling ’round the drain, our illustrious State Senators instead waste time on debating whether to drop Serpentine (Serpentine Hematite) as the state rock. Seriously. Sen. Gloria Romero—fresh from her failed bid for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction—claims (SB 624) that Serpentine should be dropped like a hot rock rock because it “contains the deadly mineral chrysotile asbestos, a known carcinogen, exposure to which increases the risk of the cancer mesothelioma.”
According to the LA Times, SB 624 has backing from mesothelioma support groups. Meanwhile, exasperated critics say Serpentine is a group of 20 different minerals, and Californian Serpentine rarely contains much chrysotile, and hardly ever in its dangerous fibrous asbestos form.
WHO MAKES MONEY? WANNA BET THEY GIVE MONEY TO ROMERO?
Look for lawyers involved in asbestos compensation claims and cleanup companies to profit from the bill. Vast tracts of California where bedrock is made of Serpentine could be declared hazardous to health…even if it contains no crysotile. More than likely some developer has a hand in it to pick up the tainted land cheap instead of through the usual eminent domain hi-jinks.
The kicker is SB 624 won unanimous bi-partisan support from an Assembly committee last week. Lordy.
Kick all the bums out.