The GOP's plan to gut the EPA

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    In recent years the Republican Party has defined itself as staunchly anti-EPA and generally anti–environmental protection. Whether that means opposing legislation to curb climate change or new rules to promote energy-efficient lightbulbs, if it can be considered green, then the majority of the GOP is almost always against it. That antigreen ideology has only been stiffened by the rise of the Tea Party, and Republican presidential candidates on the campaign trail are fighting to see who can come across as more hostile to environmental regulations.

    So Newt Gingrich — who once wrote a book called A Contract with the Earth, all the way back in 2007 — and Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann have both called for abolishing the EPA, while Mitt Romney has come under intense criticism from the likes of Rush Limbaugh for daring to admit that man-made climate change might just actually exist. Sarah Palin summed up the prevailing GOP attitude when she had this to say while attending a motorcycle rally at the start of her recent cross-country bus tour: "I love the smell of emissions."

    The GOP's Hidden Debt-Deal Agenda: Gut the EPA - TIME
     
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    Unless we start charging China & other countries an EPA import tariff then we have to relax our EPA standards. We all live on the same planet. Currently all of our jobs went to China to get around EPA regs so these companies can continue to pollute our planet. Worse pollution is happening because our EPA can't control Chinese manufacturing.

    We must gut the EPA to compete & have some control over our remaining US manufacturing or absolutely all manufacturing & EPA control will be gone from the USA. An EPA pollution import tax is the only alternative. An import tax may touch off a trade war. That proved to be a disaster in the "Great Depression". So we are left with Gut the EPA.
     
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    Good starting point.
     
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    Okay, so we'll let the stooges each have a gerbil on the way out the door.
     
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    wants to help American businesses and the American people.
    Wanting to keep higher prices down from unreasonable regulations is what they are doing.

    Last year, Congress rejected a costly, burdensome cap-and-trade proposal that would have established strict new GHG emissions standards-and a whole new GHG bureaucracy. But now the EPA wants to impose similar restrictions-without Congressional approval. These new regulations would:

    * Hurt American job growth and could send jobs overseas.
    * Affect families, farmers, commuters, truckers-in fact any American that uses energy.
    * Increase the price of energy to consumers.

    The EPA has an important job to do, but its authority comes from Congress. Our energy and environmental policies must strike a balance that accounts for impacts on the economy, jobs, and energy security, as well as protecting the environment. The EPA is moving forward too fast without considering how its actions will hurt American businesses, households, and global competitiveness.

    Wanting to put the rules and regulations back into congress like it should be, is not getting rid of EPA.
    It is unconstitutional for the EPA to be making regulations on their own.
     
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    not quite sure if you agree or disagree.

    I mean....with the latest NASA finding that "earth is releasing more heat from the atmosphere than opriginally thought when concerns of global warming arose"...and the fact that other highly industrialized nations are running away woith manufacturing at the cost of American jobs and our GDP......seems to me that dismantling the EPA will prove to be good for America.

    No wonder it is a GOP intiaitive.
     
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    Only a partisian would mistake an honest debate about allowing BUREAUCRATS to write CO2 legislation rather than CONGRESS as "gutting the EPA".. The bigger issue here is the total abdication of legislative responsibility on the part of Congress..

    CO2 is NOT a pollutant.. It needs further discussion of it's impact.. You simply want to shut down the debate.. If you want to see EPA abuse of legislative powers -- go see the Enviroment thread on building solid domes over all our municipal reservoirs. And the inflexibility of the EPA to accept rational arguments against that mandate in light of WHERE water purity and safety projects should be prioritized. REFORM of the process is sorely needed to actually focus on environmental priorities and progress. Stop demanding like a kindergartener and try to be part of the solution..
     
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    Kudos for the comments I bolded above.. This is part that Chris isn't discussing, because it's largely indefensible. But maybe that won't stop him from trying..
     
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    so the answer to compete with China is have a race to the bottom?
     
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    You opted to read it that way....but not sure why.

    The answer to compete with China is to be on a level playing field.
     

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