Republican's Assault on Clean Water and Democracy

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  1. Bfgrn
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    Like the 104th Congress when Republicans controlled the House of Representatives, the House today is swinging a sledgehammer at a cornerstone of contemporary American democracy and undermining the most extraordinary body of environmental law in the world.

    Chief among the attacks is HR 2018, known as the "Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011." The bill, currently working its way through the House, hogties the federal government's role in administering the federal Clean Water Act and gives states a veto power over a host of critical water quality decisions that the Clean Water Act currently authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to make. This approach will foster a 1950s-style race to bottom as shortsighted and self-interested state politicians dismantle their clean water laws in order to recruit filthy polluters.

    Corporate polluters -- through massive campaign donations and relentless fear-mongering -- can easily dominate the state political landscapes. Their indentured servants in Congress -- many flying the Tea Party banner -- are working to disrupt the existing balance between state control and federal oversight in our environmental laws by returning us to the days of limited federal supervision -- a time when local government was on the side of polluters in a partnership that was stealing people's livelihoods, their recreation, their health, safety, property values and their childhoods.

    The original drafters of the Clean Water Act were keenly aware of the problems inherent in leaving all responsibility to the states. Prior to 1972, that scheme had ignited rivers and firestorms and left Lake Erie declared dead. We saw the results first hand here on the Hudson River in the 1960s -- where hundreds of fishermen lost their jobs because their beloved waterways had become too polluted to allow anyone to safely eat the fish. The Clean Water Act, enacted shortly thereafter, created a beautifully simple yet powerfully effective tool to help address these problems: a federal safety net for water quality that guarantees a minimum level of protection to all Americans, no matter where you live. And for nearly 40 years this approach has been working.

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    How is a legislative process, which gives local governments the ability to control what is in thier borders undemocratic?
     
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    Stupidity like this is why you have no credibilty, pea brain.....
     
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    Coal burned in the Ohio valley created dead lakes in New York. NOW WHAT???
     
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    Wow Republicans are against clean water!

    Guess we can add that to the list of Republicans are Against: health care, children, minorities, grandmothers, and teddy bears.
     
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    All of the above, and add sanity and science.
     
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    R's like teddy bears; real bears are for shooting 'cause real bears get in the way of development.
     
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    Hey eco-nauts. Have any of you ever drank pure H2O? I have. Costs about $20 per gallon..

    MartyB was correct. I READ THE BILL. It gives THE STATES (not the polluters) the ability to submit FOR APPROVAL a correction to permitted levels.. This is important in places where there ONLY SOURCE of drinking water is marginal due to excessively restrictive Arsenic levels (for instance). The bulk of the OP is just feelings and partisian chest-thumping..

    And remember eco-nauts -- this is the EPA that DEMANDED the leakage levels for Yucca Mtn be LESS than the radiation from the marble statues in the halls of Congress. If you like centralized, arbitrary, one-size-fits-all polyscience WITHOUT APPEAL -- what kind of sophisticated scientists are you?
     
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    Bfgrn:

    Of course -- It's Robert Kennedy.. The "no windmills in my playpen" keeper of the enviro-torch.. No wonder all that spew had so little connection to the real legislation. Just another fund-raising opportunity to sell those totebags and teddybears...
     
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    thankfully, for all of us, the majority thinks this is BS.

    Only the bomb thrower k00k left think Americans are sitting around their dinner table talking about how dirty our water is...........:2up:
     

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