Gov. LePage: So What if BPA Gives Maine Women ‘Little Beards’
February 23, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—Maine’s rough-around-the-edges tea party Governor Paul LePage is making a fool out of himself again. LePage, who during his campaign was chomping at the bit to be able to tell “Obama to go to hell” from his gubernatorial perch, is now gleefully contemplating a state populated with bearded ladies poisoned from plastic drinking bottles made with the chemical Bisphenol A. LePage is against a proposed state ban on kids sippy cups and other plastic containers containing BPA, because it takes away the freedom of corporations to poison people. He dismissed numerous scientific studies linking BPA to learning disabilities, cancer, an increase in hormone levels and reproductive problems. Worst case scenario? A few Maine women may grow “little beards,” said LaPage. Great. Tea party ignorance is on full display in Maine.
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted in December to ban the sale of plastic containers made with BPA, as part of the state’s Kid Safe Products Act. But LePage,contends the ban would scare away investment in Maine with an anti-business “attitude.” It’s apparently much better to have sick kids and bearded ladies.
“Quite frankly, the science that I’m looking at says there is no [problem],” LePage said. “There hasn’t been any science that identifies that there is a problem.”
“LePage then added: “The only thing that I’ve heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards.”’
Understandably, his cavalier attitude about the issue drew a barrage of criticism.
Since becoming elected in November’s tea party electoral wave, it’s become painfully clear that LePage is not-ready-for-prime-time. During the recent Martin Luther King holiday, LePage blew off events honoring the revered Civil Rights leader, and told the NAACP to “kiss my butt.”
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