Drill and Pollute
In thrall to dirty-energy interests, House Republicans have held more than 300 votes to hamstring the EPA, roll back environmental protections and open up sensitive public land to drilling -- offering polluters a virtual license to kill. "This is, without doubt, the most anti-environmental Congress in history," said Rep. Henry Waxman, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy Committee.
Under the Republicans, the House has voted to:
* ban the EPA from placing limits on climate-warming pollution,
reverse new fuel standards that were projected
to slash dependence on foreign oil and thereby save Americans $1.7 trillion at
* end standards signed into law by President Bush that would phase out wasteful, high-wattage incandescent light bulbs.
Even more reckless, the House voted to block limits on deadly mercury emissions -- a move that federal scientists calculate would result in 20,000 premature deaths -- and drop safeguards on cement manufacturing that would kill another 12,500 Americans and lead to thousands of avoidable heart attacks.
Perhaps worst of all, in February the House passed a bill to block all new major regulations until the nation's unemployment rate falls to six% -- a measure that would choke off not only new environmental safeguards, but also the new limits on Wall Street recklessness required under Dodd-Frank.
Enrich Billionaires at the Expense of Everyone Else