QUESTION FOR INDUSTRIAL AG: PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY YOUR CLOUDS-OF-FECAL-DUST DON'T VIOLATE RURAL RESIDENTS RIGHT TO CLEAN AIR? The 'Public Trust Doctrine' – which originated back in Roman Times – asserts that government does not possess the authority to "privatize the Commons." Assets of the Commons include Air, Rivers, Sea, Seashore and Seed.
The government violates the Public Trust when it permits theft from the Commons. That theft may either be explicit via acceptance payment of say, a 'Permit Fee' from would-be-polluters, or implicit when it fails to perform its Public Trust duty to restrain powerful entities from committing theft through degradation of the Commons.
Contrary to appearances in this upside-down era of monopoly corporate control, Rural residents are NOT second-class-citizens who have lost their right to clean air and water.
The book 'Nature's Trust' by Dr. Mary Christina Wood fully explores 'The Public Trust Doctrine.' Caleb, Megan & Jim https://jle.aals.org/home/vol64/iss4/15/
"Brorman rolls down the driver’s side window, and a rank odor wafts in from the Southwest feedlot. While good fences make good neighbors, they do nothing to stop the wind from sweeping up tiny fragments of dried manure from the feedlot surface and spreading them across Brorman’s farm. Some summer days, especially during droughts, the particles—which scientists call “fecal dust”—form dense plumes that blot out the sun. When the wind is high, a wall of dust churns through the town of 15,000, coating homes and businesses and limiting visibility on U.S. Highway 60 so severely that motorists must switch on their headlights well before sunset.
“'You go outside and it’ll just burn your nose and your eyes,' Brorman says. The dust brings foul odors so pervasive that they can penetrate the Brormans’ farmhouse even when the doors and windows are closed. Lawrence and his wife, Jaime, use a more explicit term for the fecal dust: 'shust,' a portmanteau of 'shit' and 'dust.' (Other folks who live here are partial to 'shog,' a mashup of the same first word and 'fog.')."
Lawrence Brorman eases his pickup through plowed farmland in Deaf Smith County, an impossibly flat stretch of the Texas Panhandle where cattle outnumber people 40 to 1. The 67-year-old farmer and…