(Yet Another) GOP Hidden Agenda: Gut the EPA

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  1. b.c.

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    An interesting article from Time.com about how "Republicants" made no less than 110 attempts since January, to undermine or block environmental protection laws, in particular, a flurry of riders attached to recent Debt negotiations in Congress, making them as one observer noted, the most anti-environment House in U.S. history. see:

    Republicans' Debt-Ceiling-Deal Agenda: Defund the EPA - TIME

    Among the 40 riders the House GOP belched forth:

    "A rider that would prevent the EPA from issuing any regulations on greenhouse-gas emissions over the next year — despite the fact that the Supreme Court has ruled the agency has the responsibility to regulate those emissions as a public-health threat under the Clean Air Act."

    "A rider that would stop the EPA from carrying out tough new automobile-fuel-efficiency standards that were announced last week — standards that have the support of all the major automakers."

    Big business as usual for the GOP.
     
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    shutting down the EPA is the sole "jobs" building suggestion from Orange U John Boner
     
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    EPA, c'mon now, that's the "job-killing administration[!!1!]" - forget about all that clean air and water, let the corporations be held to their own obscure standards of cleanliness. :no:

    If not for environmentally conscious Republicans and the Senate acting as a bulwark, there would have already been extensive changes to EPA policy and practices. Imo, this isn't just a Republican issue, as several have voted against these measures - look to the vote on H.R. 2018 (GovTrack: House Vote On Passage: H.R. 2018: Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011) and you'll see other than small-government ethos or whatever drives some, there are a few Democrats voting for the interest of industry and not the people. Or acting under the misguided belief deregulation benefits the people. Either way, there needs to be exposure and accountability for all involved.
     
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    "According to Markey and Waxman's rundown of 110 antienvironment votes made by the House so far this year, on average, 97% of Republican members voted for the antigreen positions, while 84% of Democrats supported the progreen position."
     
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    With the exception of Rep. Giffords, I am holding the 16% of Democrats who offered no vote or voted in line with this "hidden agenda" accountable for their actions.
     
  6. b.c.

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    Yeah... me too.
     
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    Didn't the EPA come out with a commercial earlier this year? Why would a government agency need a commercial?

    IMO, Green is RED.
     
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    Those damn conservatives and all of their hidden agendas.
     
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    Not hidden enough, I'm afraid. :frown1:
     
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    Yeah, democrats find them so easy.

    Is it anti-environment? Or anti-stupidly-excessive-overstepping-the-powers-of-the-federal-government?
     
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    Yeah... how dare those damm Democrats want to make sure that the air we breath and the water we drink be clean???

    I mean - as if we can't trust industry to monitor themselves. I'm sure they won't do anything stupid... just like Wall Street.
     
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    Yum, I love toxic heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury and selenium in my water. Delicious!
    EPA Moves to Rewrite Limits for Coal Power Plant Wastewater
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants.


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants.


    A letter from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt released Monday as part of a legal appeal said he will seek to revise the 2015 guidelines mandating increased treatment for wastewater from steam electric power-generating plants.



    Acting at the behest of electric utilities who opposed the stricter standards, Pruitt first moved in April to delay implementation of the new guidelines. The wastewater flushed from the coal-fired plants into rivers and lakes typically contains traces of such highly toxic heavy metals as lead, arsenic, mercury and selenium.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/politic...ts-for-coal-power-plant-wastewater?src=usn_tw


     
  13. b.c.

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    "NOTE TO SELF: Upon winning election, Make America Great Again by appointing cabinet and department heads whose jobs will be to UNDERMINE their respective agencies. - D. T."
     
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    Why do you keep describing this stuff as "hidden" agendas. This was the platform he ran on.
     
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    Maybe because no one thought he would take it to these extremes.

    Not adding more is one thing but getting rid of "everything" already on the books is another.
     
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    You're right, the agenda hasn't been hidden. But there's been a real effort to downplay just how extensively it's being carried out.
     
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    You're replying to a post from 2011 when this agenda was hidden. I resurrected this thread as it was on the topic of the EPA.
     
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    Today's LOLZ moment. They're getting rare. ;)
     
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    Made me laugh as well(I find TS mildly annoying)
     
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