While going through my usual survey of Government websites I came across a real “Are You Kidding me” post. The post was actually very informative and full of advise for folks going to celebrate Memorial Day.
They talked about exposure to the Sun and the effects of that exposure. They even came up with a cute catchy phrase
“Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap.” Slip on a shirt. Slop on SPF 15+ sunscreen. Slap on a hat, and wrap on sunglasses to protect your body from overexposure to the sun
· Seek shade. Find shade during the sun’s peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to reduce the risk of too much sun exposure
· Check the UV Index. When planning outdoor activities check the UV Index to identify the times that pose the greatest risk for overexposure to the sun
That is inventive and funny. This is pretty good advise and obviously it came from a government agency that oversees your health, right? Well sure. They even created a day of awareness about Sunburn.
The Friday before Memorial Day is “Don’t Fry Day,” a time to remind people at the start of summer about the dangers from exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is on the rise in America and is the most common cancer among young adults aged 25-29.
That is great, so great one of the Administrators wanted to point this out. “Many people still do not realize that unprotected sun exposure can lead to skin cancer and other health problems,” said Gina McCarthy, Is it me or is Ms McCarthy out of touch.
Most people I know have a very clear idea that overexposure to sun might cause skin cancer. But as we should be able to do, many Americans choose to tan and get that bronze colored skin. If they have to be treated for skin cancer that is their choice.
So have you guessed yet? The Department of Health and Human Services? The CDC? Nope this excerpt should make it clear:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SunWise program and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention have partnered to provide simple tips on protecting yourself that could save lives.
The Environmental Protection Agency? What could they possibly have to do with getting a tan. Well it turns out Ms McCarthy is an administrator of the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. Now follow the logic here. The sun emits radiant light and UV rays. Therefore the EPA should be in charge of it. Here is the Office of Air and Radiation’s mission.
The Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) develops national programs, policies, and regulations for controlling air pollution and radiation exposure. OAR is concerned with pollution prevention and energy efficiency, indoor and outdoor air quality, industrial air pollution, pollution from vehicles and engines, radon, acid rain, stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and radiation protection. OAR is responsible for administering the Clean Air Act, the Atomic Energy Act, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Land Withdrawal Act, and other applicable environmental laws.
It is still baffling to try to figure out why the EPA disseminates information about Sun exposure. This is so far from the mission of Environmental Protection. But here is the really messed up part.
EPA’s SunWise program is the nation’s largest environmental and health education program designed to encourage kids and their caregivers to practice safe sun habits.
This is the proof that the United States Government is out of control. Take back the country and get these agencies trimmed to the level of advisers only.