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Greenies Killed Jobs in Piqua, OH

July 21, 2009 at 6:02 am Matt

In Piqua, a company named Evenflo is a leading manufacturer of child car seats, and one of the city’s largest employers. And as unemployment has skyrocketed in Ohio to 11.1%, leftist environmental groups are working to convince consumers to buy from more expensive out-of-state competitors.

At the heart of the issue is the innovative chemical bisphenon A (BPA), which makes plastics more durable. Evenflo uses the chemical which has consistently been proven to be safe. Still, the media bought into scare campaigns hook, line, and sinker.

Here is one of the more dramatic examples:

“The group tested five popular baby bottle brands — Avent, Dr. Brown’s, Evenflo, Gerber and Playtex — all five of which leached bisphenol A at levels “found to cause harm in numerous laboratory animal studies,” Gibson said.

According to Gibson, the plastic material in containers breaks down through use and releases bisphenol A into liquids and food.

Bisphenol A has been linked by scientists to cancers, impaired immune function, early onset of puberty, obesity, diabetes and hyperactivity, Gibson said.[...]

The group recommends consumers choose glass or “safer-plastic” baby bottles.

Yes … “safer-plastic” baby bottles. Which is a nice way of saying bottles which are more expensive.

As National Journal recently noted:

“Ron Vigdor, the founder and CEO of BornFree, sells trust. More precisely, he sells baby bottles for about $5.50 that are guaranteed to contain no bisphenol A, a chemical that is widely used in $1 baby bottles.”[...]

To boost press coverage, Vigdor hired Fenton Communications, which specializes in political advocacy and was already engaged with other anti-BPA outfits, such as the Environmental Working Group. Vigdor’s
market gets a boost every time the media publicize a report on BPA’s possible hazards — as happened last month when The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that people with high levels of BPA in their urine were more likely to have heart disease or diabetes.

But it turns out that Bisphenol is quite safe. Just recently, on the left-coast of fruits and nuts, the California regulatory board ruled that “California will not place Bisphenol A, a chemical used in the manufacture of plastic baby bottles and toys, on the state’s list of chemicals that are believed to cause reproductive harm.”

And, a new Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) study out of George Mason University found the risks were misleading and caused unnecessary public anxiety.

So why the attacks?

Rob Port of the Say Anything Blog recently noted that this whole situation traces back to Fenton Communications, a liberal PR firm that was behind the infamous ‘General Betray Us‘ ads:

Putting aside the fact that the claims were entirely bogus, the fear campaign against BPA was a brilliant business move for Fenton—and a win/win/win for liberals. David Fenton, of course, is a liberal activist. He represents many radical environmental groups like the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation, who could benefit from creating a bogey man. And he also represents trial lawyers, who could make millions by bringing about class action lawsuits against the manufacturers of plastics. Lastly, trial lawyers are major donors to Democratic politicians, so getting them on board was easy. And plastics competitors who didn’t use BPA could now charge absurd prices for their products at upscale stores like Whole Foods, based on the fact that their product (though more expensive) was ostensibly “safer.”

So while David Fenton, Democrat politicians, Whole Foods, leftist pinko environmental groups, and trial lawyers were getting rich, a company in Piqua is suffering…

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