F**k, It's in My Backyard

  • Aired:  05/07/14
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Jordan Klepper discovers a chemical spill in West Virginia that led some conservatives to inexplicably begin supporting regulation of the chemical industry. (4:39)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

YOU KNOW, ENVIRONMENTALPOLLUTION IS REALLY NOT A

PROBLEM WHEN IT DOESN'T EFFECTYOU BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF IT DOES?

JORDAN KLEPPER HAS THETERRIFYING ANSWER.

>> PRISTINE CHEMICAL VALLEYWEST VIRGINIA IS THE HEART OF

AMERICA'S COAL INDUSTRY ANDPROBUSINESS ANTI-REGULATION

CONSERVATIVES HAVE LONGFOUGHT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY.

BUT NOW, STRANGELYONE CONSERVATIVE HAS BROKEN

RANKS. REPUBLICAN DELEGATECINDY FRICH.

>> WE NEED TO HAVE REASONABLEREGULATIONS ON EVERY INDUSTRY.

>> YOU ARE A REPUBLICANAND YOU'RE PUSHING TO REGULATE

THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY?

>> YES.

>> THERE MUST BE SOMETHING INTHE WATER.

>> THERE WAS. I HOPE IT'S NOTTHERE ANYMORE.

>> WHAT SHE'S REFERRING TO WASONE OF THE LARGEST CHEMICAL

CONTAMINATIONS OF A WATER SUPPLYIN U.S. HISTORY.

>> 200,000 PEOPLE ARE SCRAMBLINGTO FIND WATER TO DRINK AFTER A

MASSIVE CHEMICAL SPILL.

>> THE CAUSE OF PREDICABLE ANAGING INFRASTRUCTURE COUPLED

WITH LAX REGULATIONS BUT THEEFFECT WAS SHOCKING.

>> I DRANK THE WATER AND ITTASTED FUNNY.

>> SO YOU INGESTED A CHEMICALAND IT TURNED YOU INTO A

DEMOCRAT?

>> I'M STILL A REPUBLICAN.

>> A REPUBLICAN WHO HADPREVIOUSLY FOUGHT AGAINST

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONSBUT NOW MIRACULOUSLY

WANTS REGULATIONS. HOWCOULD THIS HAPPEN?

>> BREAK DOWN THAT DAY FOR US.

>> WELL, THAT DAY I STAYEDPROBABLY UNTIL AFTER 5:00 AT THE

CAPITAL. I CAME BACKTO MY HOTEL ROOM.

OF COURSE I STARTINGUSING THE GLASS WEAR

AND DRINKING THE WATER FROMTHE TAP. IT DID TASTE BAD.

I FELT A LIGHT HEADED AND MYTHROAT HAD STARTED BURNING AFTER

I DRANK THE WATER.

SO, I KEPT CLEANING IT OUT ANDDRINKING IT AGAIN.

>> YOU DRANK IT AGAIN?

>> RIGHT.

>> TWO TIMES?

>> I DID. WHEN I WENT BACK TO MYROOM, I STILL HAD A GLASS.

THERE WAS STILL SOME OF THATWATER IN IT.

I MEAN, I NATURALLY TOOK THEWATER AND DRANK IT.

>> A THIRD TIME.

>> YES.

>> DID YOU EVER THINK MAYBE I'LLJUST GO BUY A BOTTLE OF WATER?

>> I THOUGHT I WOULD GOSOMEWHERE WHERE THEY HAD BOTTLED

WATER, SO I WENT UPSTAIRS ANDHAD SOME SOUP.

>> YOU KNOW THERE'S WATER INSOUP, RIGHT?

>> YES.

>> AS I CHILD DID YOU EVER PUTYOUR HAND IN FIRE, REALIZE IT

HURT AND THEN THINK TO MYSELFI'M GOING TO DO THIS TWO MORE

TIMES AND THEN PUT MYHAND IN SOUP FIRES?

>> WELL, UM -->> WITH POISON SOUP WATER

COURSING THROUGH HER VEINS ATRANSFORMATION OCCURRED.

JUST LIKE IN THE 80s CULT FILMTHE TOXIC AVENGER, EXPOSURE TO

TOXIC WASTE TURNED ANUNSUSPECTING DELEGATE

INTO A MUTANT ECOFREAK.

>> I LOVE ORIGIN STORIES.

[LAUGHTER]>> I'M NOT RADIOACTIVE.

>> WAS FRITCH THE ONLYLEGISLATOR WHO HAD

BEEN TRANSFORMED BY THISCHEMICAL?

I SAT DOWN WITH THE EXECUTIVEDIRECTOR OF THE

KANAWHA-CHARLESTON HEALTHDEPARTMENT.

>> THE WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATUREAND ALL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT

WAS IN TOWN AT THE TIME THISEVENT OCCURRED.

>> THEY ALL GOT CONTAMINATED?

>> THEY WERE ALL IMPACTED.

>> AND THE RESULTS WERE TRAGIC,FOR INDUSTRY.

>> THE STATE LEGISLATUREJUST PASSED SENATE BILL 373 THAT

PROVIDES PROTECTIONTO WATER RESOURCES.

>> WHAT CHEMICAL HAD THECAPACITY TO MUTATE THE ENTIRE

LEGISLATIVE BODY OF WESTVIRGINIA.

>> ITS4-METHYLCYCLOHEXANEMETHANOL.

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAD SYMPTOMSSUCH AS NAUSEA, DIZZINESS,.

>> MILD CASE OF SOCIALRESPONSIBILITY?

A LITTLE RASH OF REASON?

>> YEAH. PEOPLE'S OWN FAMILIESAND CHILDREN WERE IMPACTED.

>> THIS SOUNDS LIKE A REAL FIMBYISSUE?

>> WHAT IS FIMBY.

>> (bleep) IT'S IN MYBACKYARD.

>> SO, WILL THE EFFECTS OF THISCHEMICAL SPILL PERMANENTLY

CHANGE WEST VIRGINIA POLITICS?THANKFULLY NOT.

CASE IN POINT, HOUSE BILL2579, WHICH ACTUALLY LOOSENS

STANDARDS ON THE AMOUNT OF TOXICSELENIUM COAL COMPANIES CAN

DUMP INTO THE WATER.

WHY THE CHANGE OF HEART?

>> WE'RE VERY CONCERNED ABOUTREGULATIONS THAT ARE FORCING

WEST VIRGINIANS TO SHUT DOWNOUR COAL FIRE POWER PLANTS.

>> SO, YOU WANT TO REGULATETHINGS LIKE CHEMICALS IN THE

WATER UNLESS THOSE CHEMICALS ARESELENIUM.

>> ACTUALLY, I DON'T KNOW IF I'MCOMFORTABLE EVEN --

I SHOULDN'T EVEN SAY THIS INFRONT OF A CAMERA.

>> IT'S OKAY.

>> I SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE THATEITHER.

>> SO, DON'T WORRY, WESTVIRGINIA YOUR WATER IS STILL

SAFE FROM BEING TOO CLEAN.

>> JORDAN KLEPPER.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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