Republicans Threaten to Withhold Government Funding Over Obama’s New EPA Rules

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It is safe to say every American has witnessed a spoiled child that becomes very angry and annoyed when they do not get what they want, and just as safe to say no-one enjoys being around petulant children. However, insolent children have an excuse insofar as they are the product of bad parenting whereas petulant adults, particularly Republican adults in Congress, have no other excuse than they are despicable human beings. Over the course of the past four years Republicans have gone to great lengths to get what they want including threatening (twice) to cause a credit default that cost America its stellar credit rating, and shutting down the government that cost the economy billions of dollars.

The government shutdown last October was over eliminating the Affordable Care Act and destroying the full faith and credit of the United States government, but if Senate and House Republicans fail to get what they want and force President Obama to bend to their will (again), they are threatening to shut down the government when the new fiscal year begins on October 1. The latest shutdown threat is not about government spending, abolishing the Affordable Care Act, or raising the debt limit, but protecting the dirty energy industry and increasing damage from climate change as well as adhering to their raison d’être to oppose anything proposed by the African American man sitting in the Oval Office.

Republicans in the House and Senate are so angry at the President over new Environmental Protection Agency regulations on coal-powered power plants that they are threatening to withhold previously agreed-on funding for the government unless the EPA regulations are eliminated by September 30. It is yet another instance of “my way or the highway,” or hostage politics, from Republicans the White House said “is Republicans repeating their government shutdown play to protect the profits of big polluters.”

In the Senate, Republican Conference Chair John Thune said “there’s a lot of support” among Republicans to use the appropriations process to block the EPA rules, and he pledged that the GOP will do “anything we can do to prevent the administration from going forward with what are really poorly timed, very burdensome, very expensive … regulations.” As far as the timing, Thune is absolutely correct; the regulations should have been enacted two decades ago to reduce the devastating effects of climate change. However, his assertion that the new rules are “very expensive” is a lie because there is no expense to the government. Still, they are threatening to shut down the government unless they get their way and protect the Koch brothers and dirty coal industry from regulations that will benefit the entire nation’s economy as well as the American people who are ultimately suffering most from the devastating effects of climate change. It is yet another example of Republicans doing the will of dirty energy industry at the expense of the people’s “general welfare,” and unless they are allowed to harm the people by eliminating the EPA’s regulations, they will harm them by shutting down the government.

The senior member of the environmental committee in the Senate, one of the leading man-made climate change deniers, Jim Infhofe said “I would do anything to block it, including shutting down the government. The regulations would constitute the largest tax increase in the history of America on the American people and accomplish nothing for it.” After the past five years, one would have thought that the Affordable Care Act was the largest tax increase in the history of America to hear Republicans tell it, but like their “Obamacare” lies, Inhofe’s claim is false. The new EPA rules are not any kind of tax increase on the people, or the coal-fired power industry; they are long overdue regulations to rein in carbon emissions driving climate change and Inhofe knows it. He also knows, whether he admits it or not, that the regulations will accomplish exactly what they are intended to; reduce carbon emissions, reduce the effects of climate change, and reduce health hazards of air pollution.

Congressional Republicans, as is always the case, are advocating against an Obama policy on climate change that a large majority of the American people support; even if they have to pay higher energy costs. According to several surveys, including a recent nationwide survey conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News, 70% of Americans (including 63% of Republicans) nationwide support federal regulation of power plant emissions. Still, Congressional Republicans, including leadership, universally oppose the EPA’s proposal that House Speaker John Boehner described as “nuts” and they will use funding the government as a hostage unless they get what the coal industry and the Kochs want.

As usual, Republicans are united in their willingness to hold the government hostage to get their way regardless of the will of the people, or the continuing severe damage climate change is wreaking on the people and the economy. John Thune said, “There’s a lot of support on our side to block that, and if you want to send a clear message to the administration about a series of regulations that you think are very detrimental, one way to do that would be through the appropriations process.” The ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, Jeff Sessions, said Republicans must reverse what he claimed is “presidential overreach by Obama on environmental regulations,” and that since Congress has the power to withhold funding to shutdown the government to get what the coal industry wants, “it is power Republicans will clearly use.

First, under the Clean Air Act of 1970 established by the United States Congress, the President has the authority to impose clean air standards, so the idea of presidential overreach is another Republican lie. And as far as being detrimental, reducing the effects of carbon emissions, regardless the reason, can only be good for America. However, Republicans have a serious aversion to doing anything that is good for America or its people, but they will go to any length to do everything for the dirty energy industry including leveling another credible threat to hold funding the government hostage to, as the White House said, “protect the profits of big polluters.”

Republicans have revealed themselves to be criminals in their approach to governing, if one can call it that, since Americans elected an African American man to be President. It is important to remember that after congressional Republicans held the full faith and credit of the United States hostage for severe austerity that cost the nation its stellar credit rating, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell boasted that Republicans would revisit hostage taking again to get what they wanted and Republicans stayed true to McConnell’s threat. However, all they accomplished in shutting down the government unless the ACA was eliminated and America defaulted on its debt obligation was costing the American economy at least $24 billion according to financial ratings agency Standard & Poor’s.

Whether Republicans admit climate change is man-made or not, they cannot deny its effects on the economy and more importantly the American people. But they just could not care less because the primary driver of climate change, carbon emissions, is from the dirty energy industry they are Hell-bent on protecting at any cost; including using keeping the government open as a hostage. Republicans are worse than petulant children who just get angry when they do not get what they want, because as congressional representatives, when they get angry they resort to criminality and regardless what one calls their tactics, holding anything hostage, much less the government, to get what the dirty energy industry wants is criminal.

 

25 Replies to “Republicans Threaten to Withhold Government Funding Over Obama’s New EPA Rules”

  1. It is past time for these “Domestic Terrorists” to be treated exactly the way they preach for other terrorists to be treated. Time to prosecute them and jail them as enemies of the USA.

  2. hope they shut down the government. it will prove to the people how incompetent the republican party has gotten in the last five years. get out and vote all the “nay” sayers out of their seats.

  3. I truly believe that climate change is having a large effect on the world. One way I see is on the beaches I frequented when I was a teenager. Using New Smyrna Beach as an example, when the tide went out it left a very large beach. When the tide came in it left a beach area large enough to allow people to drive on and still allow for people to swim and play without fear of being run over. I moved to back to Florida after working up north for forty years and visited New Smyrna Beach and was amazed how much of the beach had water on it after the tide went out. I would say there is at least 1/3 less beach area. But, my larges amazement is how far the water came in on high tide. It missed hitting the retaining wall by about 10 feet. Normally the water wouldn’t come up that far unless there was a storm out at sea.

  4. Didn’t they learn anything from the last time they shut down government? They did NOT accomplish what they set out to do, which was to defund the ACA. I never saw such a bunch of people who double down on stupid even after seeing that what they did was a failure the first time around. What makes them look even more foolish is that in each case, they’ve threatened to shut government down because they are against things that improve the quality of life for Americans.

  5. Too damm bad they don’t like the EPA rulings. Just because the GOP refuses to believe in climate change doesn’t give them the right to increase pollution in the US & rest of the world. What do the GOP & Koch Boys think they own planet Earth?

    Let the GOP shut down the govt again, their timing couldn’t be better for the 2014 elections. It astounds me that people have completlely forgotten about last year’s shutdown over the ACA yet still piss & moan about the badly lauched ACA website that was quickly repaired & has since been a great success. No one utters a peep about the GOP’s 2013 govt shutdown; it’s like it never happened.

    People are sick & tired of the GOP & their idiotic,selfifh & destructive policies. Not everyone hates President Obama or hates
    the POTUS more than they love their country.

    Yes, GOP shut down the govt becuase the limits on how much you can pollute everyone’s air & water may effect your profits.

  6. That Republicans would once again use hostage politics in an attempt to get their way does not surprise me at all. That they threaten to do this a month before election day boggles my mind.

    Go-fers. Nothing but go-fers. Not a statesman in the bunch, anymore, that I can see. But then, go-fers don’t aspire to a legacy of statesmanship, either. They are in it for far more venial reasons.

    If they carry out their threat over common-sense EPA rules that begin the hard task of curbing the injury that has been done to our planet, I hope it will back-fire on them in a big way.

    I hope it will get the voters attention and motivate Democrats to swarm to the polls, and I hope it motivates many, many more Republicans to vote as “Independent” and head to the polls, too.

    I hope we get rid of a few of these go-fers this fall and a whole lot more in 2016. They are being way too destructive.

  7. Now trying to figure out the American Taliban end game is not easy. The less than insane ones know its a not a winning position to take but they are not driving the clown car.

    I think they are counting on DEMS from red and polluting states to side with them and vote against the President thus putting the blame on him if somehow it passes the Senate and Obama veto’s it.

    There are two problems with that logic. One since the majority of people are for regulations and they are getting tired of not hearing their voices heard I don’t think a lot of DEMS will support it. Second Obama is not running for reelection.

    So again the mentally unbalanced children has no end game to this latest tantrum. They have written another wolf ticket that their crazy base expect them to cash only to be returned with a NSF written all over their face.

  8. SCOTUS Trims EPA Emission Regulation
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a mixed ruling on a challenge to part of President Barack Obama’s greenhouse gas regulations by exempting a small proportion of facilities from a federal air pollution program while allowing most major pollution sources, including power plants and refineries, to be included.

    The court was divided in several different ways in what was a relatively narrow case concerning a challenge by industry groups and Republican-leaning states to one aspect of a suite of rules issued by Obama’s Democratic administration in 2009 and 2010.

    On a 7-2 vote, the justices rejected the industry-backed argument that pollution sources cannot be regulated for greenhouse gases under the “prevention of serious deterioration” or PSD program.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/23/us-usa-court-climatechange-idUSKBN0EY1L920140623?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=992637

  9. O!
    Please proceed….
    purdy please!
    Republicans always deny:

    They want dirty air & water.
    Yet, they want to get rid of the EPA?

    They want kids with disabilities & autism to fend for themselves.
    Yet, they want to end medicare?

    They want to throw grandma over the cliff.
    Yet, they would repeal ACA & turn social
    security into a voucher system?

    Americans need to pay attention.
    Not to what they say when looking into the camera, smiling & winking.
    We need to pay attention to what they
    are actually DOING when we’re not paying attention.

  10. Sick and tired of their “threats.” They are the most damaging group to the USA.

    Please everyone, get out and vote Blue in 2014. Kick the GOP to the curb.

  11. Here’s another reason we must hold the Senate and take over the House. The future of America is at stake!

  12. Republicans are threatening to shut down the government to protect the profits of the dirty energy industry. Right before an election.

    Go for it. You’ll be doing us (and I don’t mean the Koch brothers) a favor.

  13. Might be just the thing to turn out Dems en mass and send the I’s running toward the Dems.
    I double dog dare ya?

  14. The GOP hostage takers are at it again. If they cause another government shutdown this will close the deal for the democrats in November but at a price. It will cost the taxpayers another 25 billion dollars which could have been used for the infra structure of the nation and veterans. Vote these treasonous GOPers out of office in November.

  15. I hope the people of NC realize this is EXACTLY why Pat McCrory moved to NC from Ohio to work for Duke Power. We have to admit he did a good job for Duke Power and their stockholders. But he has certainly hurt the rest of us. Not only has the air been polluted but so has the water and land.

    The outside dark money and the likes of Art Pope put him in office along with stacking the whole NC government with carpet baggers to do all the damage possible. Not only are they holding back decent health care and setting up their own versions of death panels for the poor and elderly. They are poisoning the air, I can’t explain to you how hard it is to breathe here. Now they have pushed through laws to open up Fracking to destroy even more of the state and the water supply. I am 78. And always been part of the HARD working poor. I never thought I would ever see what has happened to this wonderful state. I will be at early voting with my ID in my hand.

  16. Great post!

    I don’t believe the TGOP are climate change deniers. They know darn well what’s happening on this planet. However, I do believe that the TGOP are greedy oil company puppets who enjoy the sound of cash filling their pockets with money from the lobbyists.

  17. TGOP … Kindergarteners still playing in the sand box – they don’t like the rules so they pick up their toys and leave.

    Poor babies!

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