Tuesday, November 2, 2010

GOP plans attack on EPA, climate scientists

Posted By on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 11:13 AM

No doubt. When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates big business in an effort to keep our air and water clean, that means reduced profits for the corporations that fund the GOP's candidates. And, as we all know, when profits are on the line, the Republican party says, "Fuck the people ... gimme the money!"

The thing that's always most curious about announcing plans to thwart environmental progress is that these are the same people who will trot their wives and kids out onto a stage and say, "See, I care. I have kids, too." But, I'm not buying it. If they truly cared, they'd make sure our air and water stayed as clean as possible for future generations. They wouldn't generate giant messes for their children and grandchildren to clean up.

Instead, what they want us to believe is that scientists are lying about climate change and industry's role in it, and that everyone has it out for the super wealthy corporate elite. The Republicans want us to protect their rich buddies and sacrifice our own health so they can all continue rolling around in piles of cash. The money is so enticing, they're even willing to sacrifice the futures of their own children. Now, that's greed.

So, the message that's coming across is, "The planet is fucked. Let's go ahead and rape it for all it's worth since there won't be much of anything to pass on to little Johnny." Oh, and, "Show me the money!"

As the Cree Indian prophecy goes: “Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”

From The L.A. Times:

If the GOP wins control of the House next week, senior congressional Republicans plan to launch a blistering attack on the Obama administration's environmental policies, as well as on scientists who link air pollution to climate change.

The GOP's fire will be concentrated especially on the administration's efforts to use the Environmental Protection Agency's authority over air pollution to tighten emissions controls on coal, oil and other carbon fuels that scientists say contribute to global warming.

The attack, according to senior Republicans, will seek to portray the EPA as abusing its authority and damaging the economy with needless government regulations.

Read the rest of this article, by Neela Banerjee, here.

Further reading:

Coal Industry Spending to Sway Next CongressThe New York Times

What's the worse that could happen if we ignore climate change science?

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