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Published on March 3rd, 2016 | by Jeremy Bloom

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GOP Detroit Debate – All of these guys are awful on the environment

By Jeremy Bloom

The four remaining candidates – Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich – spent much of tonight’s GOP Detroit Debate insulting each other, as well as the intelligence of the American people. But the biggest butt of their insults was Mother Nature. (See our full coverage here.)

You’ve heard it said of someone “He’d sell his own grandmother, given the chance?” Well, that’s these guys.

We didn’t hear much new tonight – more of a “Greatest hits of evil.” Here are some low-lights:

Environmental Protection Agency

In response to a question on how he would pay for his $10 TRILLION in tax cuts, one of the first things Trump's mad sideshow marches onTrump mentioned was – abolishing the EPA. Like, completely.

Department of Environmental Protection. We are going to get rid of it in almost every form. We’re going to have little tidbits left but we’re going to take a tremendous amount out.

Because, you know, you can just do that. And when the cities’ air is once again choked with smog and the rivers are once again dead and catching fire, and the bald eagles have all died out and the kids are hospitalised by the millions with asthma and lead poisoning and cancer… Trump will look around and blick and say “Gee, how did that happen?”

Then Chris Wallace pointed out,

The entire budget for the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency, $8 billion. The deficit this year is $544 billion. That’s more than a half trillion dollars. Your numbers don’t add up, sir.

And Trump went off on how much money he could save by allowing bidding for contracts on pharmaceuticals for Medicare. And when Chris Wallace pointed out that THAT budget, in total, is just $78 billion, Trump slithered off to claiming he meant negotiating everything. Not just drugs.

He’s slippery. He’s VERY good at not getting pinned down.

Ted Cruz also scapegoated the EPA, this time in explaining how he’d create manufacturing jobs. If ted cruzthere’s one myth that won’t die, it’s that EPA regulations “kill jobs”.

I will pull back the federal regulators, the EPA and all the regulators that are killing small businesses and manufacturing.

Of course, it’s not EPA regulations that are killing jobs – it’s corporate greed that first cuts hours and wages and then forces the workers that are left to do the job of three people, before finally shutting down and shipping ALL the jobs off to China. But try explaining that to Ted Cruz.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Hahahahah. Not a word.

Biggest issue facing humanity, and these guys have their fingers in their ears.

Water

Waterboarding was mention seven times. That’s a popular one with the GOP, waterboarding is.

Clean water for families and children, less so.

Bret Baier actually asked a full question on the topic:

We are here in Detroit. The top issues in Michigan, according to Facebook, are displayed in a word cloud you’re taking a look at. The second biggest issue is clean water. That, of course, is directly tied with the situation in Flint.

Senator Rubio, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have both been to Flint. They are both running ads in this state focusing on that, focusing on supporting Flint and fixing the problems, showing images of people in Flint thankful that they’re there.

Without getting into the political blame game here, where are the national Republicans’ plans on infrastructure and solving problems like this? If you talk to people in this state, they are really concerned about Flint on both sides of the aisle. So why haven’t GOP candidates done more or talked more about this?

And what did he get? More murky water from Marco. And lots and lots of blame-shifting. The local Marco-Rubio-Water-donkeyhotey-climate-changeequivalent of “both sides do it” seems to be: “Yes, the state officials blew this up, but the federal officials are equally to blame for NOT having stopped us.”

What happened in Flint was a terrible thing. It was systemic breakdown at every level of government, at both the federal and partially the — both the state and partially at the federal level, as well.

And then Rubio went off on the most disgustingly tendentious blame-shift of the evening.

And by the way, the politicizing of it I think is unfair, because I don’t think that someone woke up one morning and said, “Let’s figure out how to poison the water system to hurt someone.” (APPLAUSE)

That’s right. It’s not The GOP Michigan administration’s fault that when they decided to make their priority GOP privatization dogma instead of public safey, and in the process rode rough-shod over local elected officals, took away local control of their own water system, moved that system to a new source THAT THE EXPERTS SAID WAS NOT SAFE, and then when the thing started to go bad continue to IGNORE THE EXPERTS and decided that their first priority was the public relations and not the public health…. well, that just happens, right?

But Marco has it all covered.

But accountability is important. I will say, I give the governor credit. He took responsibility for what happened. And he’s talked about people being held accountable…

So SHUT UP, he took responsibility.

… But here’s the point. This should not be a partisan issue. The way the Democrats have tried to turn this into a partisan issue, that somehow Republicans woke up in the morning and decided, “Oh, it’s a good idea to poison some kids with lead.” It’s absurd. It’s outrageous. It isn’t true.

I’m trying to imagine Young Marco saying, “BENGHAZI should not be a partisan issue, that somehow Hillary Clinton woke up in the morning and decided, “Oh, it’s a good idea to let some diplomats die.” It’s absurd. It’s outrageous. It isn’t true.”

But you’re never going to hear that.

Meanwhile, what actually happened in Michigan was something more along the lines of:. They woke up one morning and said “I will drive my car blindly with no brakes.” And now that they’ve plowed into a crowd of children, who could have imagined that such a thing could have happened?

All of us are outraged by what happened. And we should work together to solve it. And there is a proper role for the government to play at the federal level, in helping local communities to respond to a catastrophe of this kind, not just to deal with the people that have been impacted by it, but to ensure that something like this never happens again.

Ah, yes. For Young Marco and his colleagues, the proper role of the Federal Government is to SHUT UP and bail us out.

That’s the only role these guys see for the Federal Government. Once again, it’s privatize the profits and socialize the cleanup costs.

Here’s the full video of the debate. What do you think of these guys? Would you want to breath the air after they were through with it?

 

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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in Los Angeles, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.



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