Koch-Republicans In Senate Vote To Nullify the Clean Water Act


There are, according to any decent human being, certain basic human rights such as a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of a citizen including food, clothing, housing, medical care, and water; among many other fundamental rights. Republicans typically do not agree with any of what the United Nations has declared are rights that are fundamental to “the recognition of the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.” Republicans, and their wealthy owners in the oil, coal, and chemical industry, particularly do not believe that any American warrants clean, non-toxic drinking water, and on Thursday Republicans in the Senate took an important step to make sure at least a third of the American population will lose access to what decent human beings believe is one of the most basic human rights; clean water.

It has been less than two weeks since President Obama announced that the Environmental Protection Agency had finalized rules according to direction from the conservative Supreme Court to define exactly what ‘navigable waters’ means for the purpose of protecting the nation’s water supply originating from lakes and rivers. Republicans have claimed since the EPA followed the Supreme Court’s directions that the so-called “Clean Water Rule” in the “Waters of the United States” is a subversive plot, and tyrannical power grab, by President Barack Obama to seize private citizens’ land, completely destroy private enterprise in America, and put an end to agriculture in America once and for all.

Of course, the real Republican objection to the EPA following its mandate, and Supreme Court directive, is that the oil, coal, and chemical industry will be required to adhere to the Clean Water Act regulations prohibiting the mass dumping of toxic chemicals, coal waste, petroleum products, and carcinogens in America’s water supply. On Wednesday, Republicans did what the Koch brothers have demanded and voted to pass a bill that effectively nullifies the EPA’s recently announced regulations to stop the oil, coal, and chemical industry from poisoning Americans’ water.

The vote in the Senate Environment and Public Works committee was, naturally, along party lines (11-9) with only Republicans supporting the nullification vote. The bill was sponsored by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and simply put nullifies the Waters of the United States Rule released barely two weeks ago. The Koch bill also sets very specific guidelines that the Kochs claim it will allow the EPA to enact when it re-writes the rule to permit the oil, coal, and chemical industry unrestricted rights to dump waste products, toxic chemicals, and carcinogens into Americans’ water supplies.

The new Republican requirements include a very long list of the bodies of water the Kochs forbid the EPA to regulate, and it requires that the EPA must consult Republican legislatures and private corporations before the Kochs will allow the agency to even begin rewriting the new rules. The Senate Republican bill eliminates any involvement by President Obama, or the Executive Branch the EPA is part of, from the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation or enforcement of any provision of the 43-year old Clean Water Act.

As it stands now, the newly-released Clean Water Rule does precisely what the Supreme Court advised the EPA to do in several recent cases; clarify exactly which bodies of water can be regulated under the Clean Water Act. The 1972 Clean Water Act already prohibits the EPA from addressing or regulating groundwater contaminated by the oil, coal, and chemical industries. In its current form, the Waters of the United States Rule, also known as the Clean Water Rule (CWR), restores protections for what any half-wit understands are “navigable waterways and their tributaries, or bodies of water that feed rivers and lakes.” Those “navigable waterways” represent the sources that over a third of the population gets its drinking, cooking, and bathing water from.

To help disabuse the public misunderstanding about the CWR due to the mountain of lies from Republicans that hate the idea of Americans having access to a safe source of water, and love the oil, coal, and chemical industries, the EPA reiterated for the one-millionth time that the Clean Water Rule can only protect waters that it has historically protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act; nothing has changed in 43 years. The CWR also, under no circumstance, requires a new permitting process for, or has any effect on, the agriculture industry whatsoever. Still, that did not stop House Speaker John Boehner from claiming the Clean Water Rule is “the administration’s decree to unilaterally expand federal authority and a raw and tyrannical power grab that will crush jobs.”

The Clean Water Rule is not a tyrannical power grab of any Americans’ private property by Barack Obama or will not crush jobs; but what does anyone expect from a lying Koch-whore like John A. Boehner or any one of the Republicans parroting the typical Republican lies about anything the President does. In a press statement from the agency the Kochs demand the Republicans eliminate with extreme prejudice, the head of the EPA Gina McCarthy said, “It (the Clean Water Rule) does not regulate ditches and does not regulate groundwater, shallow subsurface flows, or tile drains. It does not make changes to current policies on irrigation or water transfers or apply to erosion in a field. The Clean Water Rule addresses the pollution and destruction of navigable waterways – not land use or private property rights.

Still, Senate Republicans, and soon House Republicans, decided that since the Koch brothers own and operate the United States Congress, they are under a mandate to nullify the Clean Water Rule; or as Senator Barbara Boxer said “repeal the entire Clean Water Act and remove protections for the country’s waters.” It is, after all, precisely why the Koch brothers want the EPA abolished and what the Koch brothers want, their Republican Congress will deliver; even if it is one repeal at a time.  Safe, clean, and non-toxic water for a third of the American population be damned.

Besides, if any American wants clean, safe drinking water they can abide by the Nestle’ corporation rule and buy it, because according to Nestle’ CEO and now chairman Peter Brabeck;  “Access to safe drinking water is not a basic human right.”  Brabeck claims, like privatization-driven Republicans and the Kochs, the Earth’s waters are a corporate-owned commodity that human beings can either buy, or die. If they insist on drinking water without paying the Nestle’ corporation, or a Koch Industries’ subsidiary corporation, Republicans hope they succumb to toxic water despoiled by the oil, coal, and chemical industry; it is the Koch vision for America and Senate Republicans are Hell bent and duty-bound to see that vision reach fruition.

Over the past six years Republicans have revealed that, in their Koch-polluted minds, there are no fundamental human rights they will not attack vigorously and nullify to satisfy the Koch brothers. Since they have taken control of the House, Republicans have attempted to eliminate Americans’ access to adequate food, housing, and medical care, and now that the Koch brothers own the entire Congress, they are one vote away from eliminating a third of the population’s clean water supply and not just to satisfy the greed of the Kochs, the oil, coal, and chemical industry, but because they have the utmost contempt for a third of the American people they would gleefully see die from drinking water laden with poison, chemical waste, and carcinogens.

38 Replies to “Koch-Republicans In Senate Vote To Nullify the Clean Water Act”

  1. These asshole repugs need to be nullified and the kochroaches need to do the country a favor and die. Thank goodness they are 80 and 82.

  2. Only the good die young. These evil cretins will live forever. If they do die, I’m sure they have sons and daughters that will take up the “burden” of trying to become the kings of the U.S..

  3. Where is Richard Nixon when the environment need him:

    .”… Nixon delivered a call to make “the 1970s a historic period when, by conscious choice, [we] transform our land into what we want it to become” in his State of the Union Address, and ended the year with the creation of an independent agency (EPA) to regulate the environment… (From: The Atlantic)

  4. no surprise here. the Koch agenda also includes eliminating the EPA and rolling back ALL environmental regulations with business and industry. this is insanity and we are the only ones who can stop it.

  5. I wish a conservative who condones this would help me understand why polluted air and water is OK?

    Do you want to go back to the filth prior to the EPA?
    Have any of you watched documentaries on the POLLUTED ganges river in India?

    I’ve seen it in person and it’s FILTHY and Indian nationals DRINK IT.

    India’s polluted Ganges River threatens people’s livelihoods

    How many diseases have we prevented?
    How many people have we proteted?

    Do you even care about human life?
    Do you enjoy raping the environment for SHORT term gains?
    What the hell do you have against regulations to SAVE your life?

  6. Maranon, Thank you so much for your comments.
    I, for one, was no Nixon fan.
    However, during his time in the office, I have to acknowledge some of the POSITIVE legislation that took place, such as Title IX and Title X. And as you reminded us, the EPA.
    We must give credit where credit (perhaps) is due.

  7. Thanks Rmuse. Hopefully Robert & Conservatives who come here will read this.
    The Right is not being informed, not getting the facts, they’re being tricked!

  8. It’d be great if Huffington Post didn’t take forever to display since they add tons of COOKIES to my computer.

    But anyway, more “believe” in the second comming of christ so they don’t need to worry themselves about the environment?

    LOONEY TUNES, all of them!!!

    Religion was created to keep the feable minded under control, kept stupid and scared shitless.

  9. If Congress can ‘nullify’ an executive agency, and vote to deny women their Constitutional right to their own bodies, why can’t they nullify ‘Citizens United?’ And Hobby Lobby?

  10. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  11. The whole purpose of the KOCH BOUGHT tea bag/repub led congress is to rape the environment, make as much $$$ as they can, ensure women are kept breeding for troops, have gawd make the laws and to SCREW everyone, you silly liberal you.

  12. The EPA is the main reason we have no manufacturing jobs in this country. In addition to that they have caused the loss of millions of good paying jobs since their inception.

  13. Horsefeathers!

    The EPA is the main reason why so many industries still have potable water in which the few remaining manufacturing jobs still exist.

  14. You are a typical Republican moron and a liar. The EPA has been around since Republican President Richard Nixon proposed it in 1970. Manufacturing jobs started leaving in the 1980s after that other moron liar Ronald f*cking Reagan gave corporations tax incentives to move their operations overseas. Jesus f*cking Christ I’m sick to death of stupid-ass conservatives parroting the same stupid-ass Republican bullshit like it’s not the same bullshit lies we’ve all heard for twenty years. Bugger off and stop being stupid and for f*ck’s sake stop lying; it makes you look like a buffoon and a pathetic imbecile.

  15. This may be slightly off subject but close enough. I happen to know a little bit of history. Since 1920, the worst presidents in declining order have been St. Ronnie, the Shrub, Warren Harding, Silent Cal, Old Tricky, Pappy Bush, and Herbert Hoover. Do you see some kind of a trend here?
    I might even throw Ike in there because of his fear of the Domino Theory, his support of the School of the Americas, the Francis Gary Powers episode and his refusal to help Fidel and the 26 of July movement for fear of alienating the rich Cubans who fled to Florida. That forced Fidel to turn to the USSR in order for his movement to survive.
    It will be interesting to see if the Pope has anything to say about all this when he speaks to Congress.
    BTW, the Pope has a Masters in Chemistry and worked as a chemist before entering the seminary. And the Pope is a tree hugger. Go Francis.

  16. PS Pause to think how different the 20th century would have been if Gov. Cox of Ohio and his running mate, FDR, would have won the 1920 election instead of the dynamic duo, Harding and Coolidge winning.

  17. Years ago, before the EPA, my husband and I were walking near the Norwalk River. There was a small antique store nearby and we heard a toilet flush inside it. My eye was drawn to the sound of rushing water and I saw a stream coming out of a pipe in the back of the building. In that stream was a fully formed human turd, which landed with a splash in the river. Do you want this kind of stuff again? Anyone who is against the Clean Water Act should have to drink sewage to prove how safe it is.

  18. Le Hunt…..agree. When I was a small child, the creek behind our house was filled with sewage from houses flushing their toilets directly into the creek. The EPA put a stop to this nonsense of unsanitary living for the sake of human health. The energy companies war on the EPA have worked for the mentally challenged folk who don’t understand its mission.

  19. In February 2015, Florida Attorney Steve Medina asked me to help him break an exclusive story on Daily Kos, about a scandal involving Charles Koch, David Koch, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and presidential candidate, Jeb Bush. They are part of a deal made that allows the Koch Industries’ highly profitable paper and pulp company, Georgia Pacific, to dump millions of gallons of toxic waste per day, into St. John’s River in Florida. The original story has been picked up by multiple news groups, and also shared, posted, tweeted and emailed with a social media reach estimated to be in the millions. More and more Americans are not only aware of the massive Koch corruption, they are taking action to stop it

  20. so you think jobs are more important than clean water and air?

    do you remember LOVE CANAL in the 1970’s???

  21. Yes, it was disgusting. I live less than 80 miles from it. A huge American failure in the 70’s. Lots of illness and death.

  22. Republicans are not against abortion or disaster relief OR unemployment so much as they are against Paying for Abortion,and disaster releif, they are against and government funding because they want it PRIVATEZED BECAUSE Republicans are going to “shrink” government¬:
    Get rid of Social Security and put it in the hands of the banks. (to take their billions in cuts.)
    Get rid of Medicare and Medicaid and put it in the hands of insurance companies. (to take their billions in increases.)
    Get rid of health care reform. ( Deny claims, drop patients for pre-existing, no competition so they can charge whatever they want and impose whatever yearly and lifetime limits they want.)
    *Get rid of Public Education. (Privatize so business can take their cuts/students get less.)
    Get rid of EPA. (No one to tell us how poisonous the air and water is getting.) Get rid of any green energy technology. (The oil and gas industry spends billions fighting this,,
    “The Republicans are doing everything…

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