Green Speak


“Mr. Speaker, a flush is not a flush. The old standard toilet flushed away 3.5 gallons of water, so Congress in its inimitable wisdom passed a new law that said all toilets in America must use only 1.6 gallons of water. Since then, Americans are flushing…like mad, wasting more water than ever, recklessly trying to remove all of that void…. The American people, Mr. Speaker, are a flush away from a major movement…. If Congress can repeal prohibition, Congress can repeal this toilet.”

—Rep. Jim Traficant (D-Ohio), calling for a repeal of low-flow toilet legislation, September 10, 1997.

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