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Moms Decide Election 2012: Environmental Issues

Many of us have concerns about the welfare of the environment. See what the moms on our political panel have to say about it.

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Before having a baby, I was blissfully ignorant, and now this world has been opened to me and I'm perpetually overwhelmed by it. I find it-- she touched on arsenic in baby formula. That to me is the most absurd thing I've ever heard but to make it worse is the fact that it's been showing up in formula that's marketed as organic. I find as a mom, as someone who's not a chemist, who's not someone who is educated enough to even begin to really truly understand what these things are and what the impact is, and to have to sit there and try to figure out label by label what I should be looking for, and half the time most of the things aren't on the labels. I don't even know how to do that on a personal level to protect my family. So I am looking to the government to actually enforce some sort of policy change that would have a greater impact. -Talk a lot about social issues and human rights. I do see environmental rights as crossing over into human rights, our right to breathe fresh air, our right to raise children who are safe from harmful chemicals. We have over 100,000 chemicals on the market right now and the EPA cannot assure us of the safety of those chemicals. When you have fetuses in the womb and they're born pre-polluted, something has to change. -The documentary with a bunch of coal miners in West Virginia, and some of what I've heard today was reflected, which was in the state of West Virginia, no thank you, I don't need the EPA to come in until I have played in this river, this lake, this whatever, my business is growing, this job pays $60,000 a year, and guess what? The only other thing you're offering me is working for 9 bucks an hour and-- where they're only-- they give me 38 hours a week. You know, you'd rather save the salamander or you'd rather worry about some chemical, than save my family. That is literally verbatim almost the argument that a coal miner's family in West Virginia would give you. They'd say state, you know, government state out of my rights. -I could tell you that as, you know, an American, I don't think I feel like my grandmother felt. I think my grandmother felt, you know, the baking the apple pie, I'm friends with the garbage man, like it was very much a small town, and I feel now because of this laundry list that we created that I honestly feel like I'm not depending on anybody to look out for me and my family but me.