GOP Looks to Gut Environment Rules
39 environmental rollbacks added to appropriations bill
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2011 1:32 PM CDT
California Rep. Henry Waxman speaking during a hearing before the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee May 31, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Paul Simon knew 50 ways to leave your lover, but House Republicans are apparently working on 39 ways to ditch environmental protection, reports the New York Times. With the nation's energies focused on the looming debt ceiling, the GOP is loading up an appropriations bill with environmental deregulation—such as preventing new wilderness areas from being protected, restricting the policing of mountaintop-removal mining, and allowing uranium prospecting near Grand Canyon National Park.

While there is little chance of most of these proposals passing, the worry is that at least some will stick when the House and Senate renegotiate the bill in the fall. “Many of us think that the overregulation from EPA is at the heart of our stalled economy,” said Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson. But Democrats contend this is just another example of the GOP being in the pocket of big business. “The new Republican majority seems intent on restoring the robber-baron era where there were no controls on pollution from power plants, oil refineries and factories,” said California Rep. Henry Waxman.

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Jul 29, 2011 10:59 AM CDT
I can see it already, the big 'neon' sign at our local airport:---"welcome to the United States of Somalia", compliments of your Republican Party!!!!!. very little government if any at all, dirty water, contaminated environment, minimal health care, and everybody fends for themselves. A true 'conservative's utopia'.
Jul 28, 2011 7:31 PM CDT
This is great news. Finally some common sense can be instilled to draconian environmental regulations on business driven almost entirely by ideology. All the environmentalist propaganda shoved down our collective throats has soured America's taste for these extremist, punitive restrictions on our everyday lives. This is a step in the right direction.
Jul 28, 2011 5:53 PM CDT
"Industrial tycoon You must see pretty soon If you don't quit putting that poison waste Down into the water There won't be any left to taste Think of your thirsty daughter You'd sure sound funny Saying 'come on honey, lets drink some of this money!'" Smokey Robinson