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Govt Shutdown: GOP backs down from its war on the EPA?

There may be good news on the government shutdown front for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Yesterday, it looked like the House Republicans, in thrall to their “cut EVERYTHING” Tea-Party wing, were going to allow the government to shut down over their intransigence on two items: Slashing the EPA (as well as blocking it from acting on climate change), and slashing funding for Planned Parenthood (which gets money for women’s health services – NOT abortion).

April 8th

GOP Votes to Repeal Climate Science

Well, the House went ahead and did it today, voting 255-172 to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of any possible option for fighting climate change and global warming.

The Tea Party wing of the GOP (which is pretty much everyone at this point) argued that the science isn’t settled yet. They argued that the EPA went too far. They argued that it would kill jobs. They argued that it should be Congress that sets policy, not “unelected bureaucrats” (although it was the Supreme Court and a bunch of states that reminded the EPA during the Bush years that they had to enforce the Clean Air Act, which was pretty clear on the issue).

April 7th

House GOP lying about gas prices

In the fantasyland that passes for political debate in Washington, House Republicans are going all-out to blame high gas prices on – you guessed it – the Environmental Protection Agency. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton is hawking the gas price snake oil as House leadership rams through legislation to block EPA from curbing dangerous carbon pollution.

March 14th

Newt Gingrich: Eliminate the EPA

Not content with cuts, perennial Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is now calling for the complete elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency. Gingrich made the call at the Conservative Political Action Conference as he pandered to the Tea Party in a play for votes in the CPAC straw poll. It didn’t work – Ron Paul […]

February 12th

GOP Wants you to Breathe More Mercury

Mercury is bad. Nobody disagrees with that. But As part of their anti-EPA agenda, the new GOP/Tea Party Congressional Majority is pushing to roll back the EPA’s new rules on mercury emissions from cement plants – the third largest source in the US. Key phrases: “Jobkilling” and “powergrab”. Here’s the backstory on the rule, issued […]

January 8th

Interior Department on the right track on fracking, but some Members of Congress get it wrong

By Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Counsel Last week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar held a public forum to discuss the best practices for hydraulic fracturing in oil and natural gas production. The forum included discussion by federal and state officials as well as representatives from industry and from environmental and sportsmen’s organizations. […]

December 14th

Speak Out Now – EPA to Regulate Toxic Coal Ash

(From our sister blog, Planetsave.com) Coal power plants are by far the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in this country. Their pollution is making our planet a more dangerous place to live. But these coal plants also create a by-product waste called “coal ash.”  Coal ash contains toxic chemicals like arsenic, mercury and lead […]

November 18th