GOP aims to slash $1.6 billion in EPA funding

By Sahil Kapur
Thursday, February 10, 2011 16:19 EDT
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WASHINGTON – House Republicans on the appropriations committee released a plan Thursday that would eliminate $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.

The news, as first noted by Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones, is part of a broader GOP assault on the EPA as the Obama administration seeks to use the agency to control greenhouse gas emissions.

The EPA, created by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970, is tasked with enforcing standards for environmental laws in tandem and state and local governments. It also researches and monitors potential environmental health hazards.

In President Barack Obama’s first two years, Republicans successfully blocked Democrats’ attempts at passing comprehensive energy and climate change reform through Congress. As a result, the administration decided to use the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Since then, Republicans have increasingly called for eliminating or reducing the role of the EPA.

GOP lawmakers have described EPA regulations as “job killing.”

As part of the effort, House Republicans this month unveiled legislation that would forbid the EPA from controlling carbon emissions. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), a fierce climate-change denier, has drafted a similar plan in the Senate.

EPA administrator Lisa Jackson decried the proposals, saying it would “eliminate portions of the Clean Air Act, the landmark law that all American children and adults rely on to protect them from harmful air pollution.”

“This bill appears to be part of a broader effort in this Congress to delay, weaken or eliminate Clean Air Act protections of the American public,” she said in a committee hearing.

The efforts reflect a concerted GOP effort to combat the notion of human-caused climate change.

Progressives and environmentalists fret that with Republicans making it effectively impossible to limit greenhouse gases through the legislative process, the EPA may be the last best chance for Washington to try and combat global warming.

An overwhelming majority of climate scientists say global climate change is being significantly exacerbated by the burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal and will have disastrous environmental impacts across the world.

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  • Anonymous

    To hell with Planet Earth, the GOP has to protect the profits of their corporate benefactors. Too bad that history doesn’t list (in shame) the names of those who told Chris Columbus that the earth was flat. Likewise when the effects of the Repugs actions impact the planet in a way that can’t be changed, no one will remember who made the disaster possible. Of course the same bastards who made this mess, will probably profit from the things we have to do to try and cope with it.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KSIB2PGTAXFCPCMQ74NRZ4UUJM Beerman

    Can we just eliminate the GOP? What the hell were people thinking last November? You get what you voted for. Idiots.

  • Anonymous

    The EPA protects corporations like Monsanto, this bureaucracy has to go, it costs a fortune and they are bribed like SEC.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KSIB2PGTAXFCPCMQ74NRZ4UUJM Beerman

    Link? Without the EPA there is nothing, it would get worse.

  • Anonymous

    Remember, increased cancer, floods, drought, and war all add to economic growth. So from the viewpoint of the GOP / Wall Street vampires, more environmental toxins and global destruction are a wonderful thing.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    I hope Melanie Sloan files conflict of interest charges against every member of the Committee who has taken money from the soon to be “de-regulated” industries. MFB’s

  • Anonymous

    Dirty air and dirty drinking water for all (except for the rich who can afford to move to clean areas).

  • Anonymous

    Wow both your name and your comment are completely wrong.

    Nice job!

  • Guest

    I am weary of feeling helpless and hopeless. I don’t know why I bother keeping up with the news on here. I either end up angry or depressed.

    It wouldn’t be so bad if I could DO something to stop the insanity and turn the world around. But I can’t. I’ve tried. We The People are locked out. We have no voice. We have no power. I guess you can add that–powerless–to the first paragraph.

    Look at Egypt and what they accomplished and here we sit. So sad. So intolerable and yet we must flow with the intolerable. Where are the young would-be leaders? Why do they not respond to the insanity around this country? Sorry. I’ll shut up….

  • Anonymous

    That’s OK, you progressives can ignore this story. Ron Paul is going to join with a whole bunch of Progressives from the teaparty right and left in Congress and Ralph Nader to make sure that this money is not stripped from the EPA and RP has agreed to help the Democratic minority finally put some teeth in the environmental regulations now on the books!

    Why so incredulous? I swear: Ron Paul is da man!

  • Anonymous

    Cough! Cough! You go GO… Cough! Cough! .. P

  • http://michaelhawthorneonline.com/ MikeinSanJose

    How about we slash $1.6 billion in legislative, judicial, and executive branch salaries. Most of our elected and appointed officials are millionaires or better already, and they ALL get paid WAY more by the lobbyists and corporations than they do from the taxpayers. They don’t need our pathetic handouts…

  • Anonymous

    I aim to slash the GOP.

  • Anonymous

    Another gift to their corporate owners. Everything they fight for always seem to hurt everyone except the rich and corporations. We get funds for our infrastructure slashed, when corporations get tax cuts so they can create more jobs, the jobs go overseas, our schools are deep in debt and everything is in danger of falling apart, yet taxcuts for the rich are their no. 1 priority. I’ll never understand a average wage earner voting republican.

  • Anonymous

    And Jesse Ventura is going to reveal himself as Santa Claus.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YHUR5LALBGRBDQ5VAKAL3JDKNU JustinB

    Why is EVERYTHING political with the Right? Its like one big game to them, they aren’t taking life seriously. “GOP wins power back in Congress” whats the first thing they do with their power? A symbolic waste of time and money, voting to repeal all the hard work and money put into the health care bill. What’s next? You’d think it would be something pro-active to make our lives better? Improve the economy? Restore our civil rights (guaranteed by the constitution yet eliminated by Patriot Act)? Reduce the size of our Government? NO! Let’s just piss away time and money we don’t have. What a narcissistic party! All about themselves, their support of big oil, and unregulation… Yet they want to regulate how people are married, a rape victims rights, and only remove the “big Governement” where it benefits the party, not the common people. They want to regulate our sex lives, regulate what we watch, and regulate the “liberal media.” LOL The media isn’t liberal you shitheads, the media and writers are educated. But it doesn’t take education to know one sell out from another… Just ask any High School kid about, “The Black Eyed Peas.” Did you know they were amazing before Fergie? Amazing underground hip hop… They used that image, combined with Fergie, and effictively became a sell out to sell records. This is ok in business, not politics. “The Black Eyed Peas” may be a sell out, but at least its in the right arena and definitely appropriate for their line of work, again not appropriate in Washington.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YHUR5LALBGRBDQ5VAKAL3JDKNU JustinB

    He is! I love the guy! I believe Ron can do what Obama dreamed of doing… Bring change and unity.

    Anyone ever drive from Las Vegas to LA or OC? Somewhere past stateline you will see a gas station that overwhelmingly supports Ron Paul… Giant, “Ron Paul Revolution” sign on the side of the highway.

  • Anonymous

    Oh why don’t we just throw trash in the streets and dump poison in our water! I don’t see anything wrong with that do you people? Why should we try and take care of the earth? It’s a piece of shit to be exploited isn’t it? Isn’t that what the Bible says in Genesis? Who says we should have any respect for this lost planet huh? Jesus! Of course we should get rid of the EPA and the Department of Education too, we certainly don’t want anyone healthy and educated either! Just A-Bomb the entire government why don’t we! Yep!

  • Anonymous

    At least they declared the $4-6 Billion in tax breaks to oil companies that cause pollution “off the table.” Wouldn’t want to harm their record profits.

  • Guest

    Take a look in your medicine cabinets, take a look at PHARMA record profits, the planet is sick, because the air, water, and land are all being used as a toilet for profit. Mercury contaminate is pouring out by the tons from “clean coal” fired plants, do you have any idea what mercury does to a person. Well, so far there are 144 recognized symptoms from the effects of mercury alone, and we haven’t even begun talking about PCB’s, dioxin, and the others. There is no longer a person born that doesn’t have a measurable level of toxic cocktails in their body. This is nuts, get on the phone, emails, pound your reps on this!!! This is you, your family, your friends, your home, your planet! This isn’t right, left, or center, this is doing what’s right!

    “We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Land can be healthy or sick, fertile or barren, rich or poor, lovingly nurtured or bled white. Our present attitudes and laws governing the ownership and use of land represent an abuse of the concept of private property…. Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops.” – Paul Brooks

  • Anonymous

    Of course the GOP plans to gut the EPA. Look what Bush did to Texas’ air and water while he was governor. That seems to be the way of GOPers: Dirty drinking water and all kinds of shit in the air they want us to breathe. Funny, they’re too stupid to understand they have to breathe the same air and drink from the same pool of water.

  • Guest

    that’s the joke here, the rich and corporate CEO’s breath, drink, eat, just like everyone else. In fact, I bet if you asked them, there is not a single one of them that doesn’t know of a family member, friend, employee, that isn’t sick or hasn’t died from things like cancer. But, the difference is that most of us care, and these corporate fascists don’t give a ……., not as long as they’re driving home to their mansions in their rich cars.

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    If making money or increasing profits were in any way related to throwing trash in the streets and poisoning the water, etc, Republicans would definitely support you.

  • Guest

    under dubya, Tx. was the at the bottom of the barrel along with La. environmentally, something I’m sure that idiot was proud of. Now, the GOP is just trying to drag the rest of the country down to La and Tx.’s level, so that no one will be able to tell the difference.

  • ComradeRutherford

    Republicans continue their attack on American Civilization.

    Now they are trying to reduce the American economy by $1.6B. They are attacking the fragile economy by removing $1.6B from circulation.

  • Anonymous

    Drill, baby, drill

  • Roberthe

    Right after we get rid of the Employer Persecution Agency and the gays and the abortionists and the Commies and the Moslems and anybody who reads and Bambi and the conservationists and anyone to the left of Antonin Scalia we’re all going to put on diapers, take off our shirts and send our photos to Craigslist. After that we’re coming for you, then I’m turning myself over to the last man standing.

  • Anonymous

    “Exacerbated”? No , ” is being caused by” is the accurate phrase to use here. Tens of thousands of studies, the instrumental record, and the proxy records ALL indicate anthropogenic climate change. Physics doesnt care if you’re in denial. Speak what is true without the shading of language.

  • Anonymous

    Hey stupid republicans! If you mindless idiots are worried about the deficit why didn’t you let the bush tax cuts to the richest 2% sunset? Why don’t you stop the two useless wars that you started? Why don’t all of you give up your damn health care? Why don’t all of you take a cut in pay? In fact I bet there isn’t one of you that couldn’t give up your entire salary and still live high on the hog ofF the lobbyist bribes! BONER WHERE ARE THE JOBS????????

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KSCKYCRPJW7NK6LZIM2K5K47Z4 William Y

    More disgusting BS.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    That is the mind set of most criminal Republicans.

  • Anonymous

    They also wanted to cut $593 million from the IRS, somehow I don’t think that is going to help solve the debt problem.
    Of course the pollution will be less noticeable as they are also cutting $1.3 billion from community health, so what people don’t know will ‘er’ kill them and shut them up.
    Just to make sure they are cutting $899 million from energy efficiency and renewable energy.
    Just how many do they figure they will be able to kill via these measures or don’t they bother with that count.

  • Anonymous

    What else now friends of the people, Representatives, Senators, Mr. Obama? Should we pay for some new steel toed boots (made in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, et al..) so that the final kick really pays off? Couple this with the White House proposed cuts in funding for emergency heating for the poor and elderly.

    Then we can say to the President, go sit with Justice Thomas and drink cool aid with Ginny. Be sure to invite your Chief of Staff, Daley, and your new chief of the Council of Economic Advisors, Sperling. You’re in good company, as the Congress has endeavoured to prove.

  • Anonymous

    Why is it certain comments, you hit the like button and nothing happens ?
    Sencorship is alive and well everywhere
    This is just the begining

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    If they time-traveled a cave man from 100,000 years ago, taught him English and introduced him to the modern world, what would his politics be? He would love guns and the power guns give him over killing things. He would not care at all about environmental preservation or species preservation. He would be Republican. Or deep inside, Republicans are really cavemen.

  • cannotvote

    If this isn’t evidence that goppers aren’t interested in social justice or anything in the better interest of the greater good, then nothing is! Any vote for this group of thugs is an deed of ‘Active ignorance!’

  • Taleisin

    My inner caveman wished to correct your remarks. Ancient people respected the life force in the world around them and did not want to offend it. They took only what they needed and left the rest in order for the world to stay healthy so their future generations would live the same. They understood the importance of being in balance with nature. Many primitive religious rituals were based on supporting and maintaining that knowledge.

    My Inner caveman believes the republicans are more akin to soulless barbarians bent on Ragnarök.

  • Anonymous

    job killing?? eliminate the EPA and it will be PEOPLE killing pollution that is spewed out into the atmosphere. Eliminate the right wingers who want money and people be dammed

  • Anonymous

    For many years global climate models have predicted increasing severe swings and extremes in temperatures and precipitation as warming increased. Earths biosphere is not a game room. It’s time to clean up. This is going to require real conservation. Conservatives meet Pogo.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly. I also think we can do better by outsourcing the GOP to india. It would be cheaper, and as Jack-Wagon Welch said in his shitty book, “They speak perfect English.”

  • Guest

    Why don’t we just bring all the troops home and stop playing around in the sandbox? How many billions would that save? Then we could keep the EPA budget where it is now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Of course they do. They want us to win the pollution race against China!

    We cannot allow China to out-pollute us! It’s positively Un-American! LOL

  • dk504

    Instead of taking $$$$ away from American programs, why don’t we start reinvesting in America and stop buying off every damn country in the world(i.e. Egypt, 1.3 Billion a yr.) that should handle the EPA budget. How about not having a airbase in every country in the world? That might save us a penny or two.
    Cut the Pentagon Budget by 20%, close down foreign bases, I wonder how much $$$ we would save.

  • RottenJohnny

    Oh goody, now I can grow that third eye I’ve always wanted. Sheesh . . . you just can’t fix stupid.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Any cut in social programs, environmental programs and the like should have a corresponding cut in military spending and increase in tax for the wealthy.

    They don’t want to help the poor and they don’t want to be interfered with while they degrade the environment I live in.

    Why should I pay to bomb the poor in foreign lands to make the world safe for Monsanto and Nike?

  • Anonymous

    Who needs clean air and water anyway?

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    I believe you have misspelled the word “Seniorship.”


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Yes, instead of demanding a broken thing get fixed, you prefer to toss out all protections for the public?

    you guys are a scary kind of stupid.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Isn’t that the core point of privatizing everything? Only the rich, who can afford clean water/food will have it. The dirty peasants will wallow in mire and die from simple diseases.. then the rich can proclaim “LOOK! Unemployment is fixed!”.

  • Anonymous

    Lets see. $1.6 billion dollars divided by 300 million people in the US. Just think, we’ll each save $5 and 20 cents. Who wouldn’t pay that just to breath a little more pollution?

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure the Koch Bros. are pleased.

  • Anonymous

    The republicans see the reduction of pollution as an attack against their benefactors
    “BIG BUSINESS”, they don’t care about us they just want their payoff checks to keep coming.

  • Anonymous

    Flax it!
    Grow flax with your ’41 Gasified Farmall H.
    Figure out how to grow this locally.
    History of solvent free paint taken over by Chemical Paints:

  • Anonymous

    It’s a twofer. They get to serve their masters and benefactors (big business) and at the same time, claim the high ground on cutting spending. Nobody gets hurt except the peasants.

  • labman57

    Item #83 in the Conservatives’ Tactical Handbook: when scientific evidence conflicts with your political agenda, employ the 3 D’s to the science: deny, discredit, defund.