According to an Associated Press report released today, rollbacks on anti-pollution rules and waste have likely already resulted in countless deaths tied to heart, lung disease, and premature births.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would suspend enforcement of environmental regulations because of the coronavirus pandemic. The EPA made the decision following “an influx of requests from businesses for a relaxation of regulations as they face layoffs, personnel restrictions and other problems related to the coronavirus outbreak,” according to The New York Times, which broke the story.
As sea levels rise and storms become more severe and as rates of chronic illness go up due to environmental pollution at least we know who to hold responsible.
While the new president is taking harsh steps to cut off transparency, the good news is that Democrats and the agencies themselves are fighting back.
"EPA’s report confirms what experts and the science show: that fracking operations put our drinking water at risk. "
Trump’s choices are unqualified, but they were chosen for their desire to eradicate federal agencies, not their level of competence or expertise.
This Circuit Court ruling will help ensure that the worst industrial polluters are on the hook for cleaning up their own contamination.
Methane emissions from fracking are the 'most significant near-term threat' of global warming.
The fossil fuel industry said no more regulations and the conservative justices obediently complied
Paul Goser (R-AZ) claims that McCarthy committed "high crimes and misdemeanors" by trying to define and protect Americans' clean water supply
As the leading industrial nations in the world are working feverishly to combat climate change, Koch-Republicans work to further the damage
Some will call this a win for President Obama or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which it is. But it's really a win for all of us who are based in reality and thus realize that poisoning our environment is killing people.
Take heart my Hispanic and Latino brothers and sisters. You're not the only ones whose presence in the U.S. makes Republican's skin crawl. At least if the parsed bigotry of South Carolina Republican Representative Trey Gowdy and some of his colleagues and constituents is any indication.
The Kochs will have an even greater reason to hate the Internal Revenue Service because due to a devious, and illegal, Koch plot to affect legislation neutering enforcement power of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Internal Revenue Service is beginning an investigation into an illegal Koch tax deduction.
What is missing from the long list of Koch demands to abolish virtually the entire government is exactly how it will help Americans.
It appears that although Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection, only Republicans are capable of using the day to perpetuate their anti-environment agenda in service to the Koch brothers.
As the nation commemorates Earth Day 2015 this week with a variety of observances, activities and awareness campaigns, it's the perfect time to renew calls for bipartisan cooperation to address climate change.
To make matters that much worse, the over 2 million gallons of toxic water the oil and gas industry disposes of daily is pumped into the aquifer and poisons the diminishing underground supply at an alarming rate; so much so that well over a hundred (at last count) drinking-water wells have been shut down by state water regulators and the EPA due to oil waste-water contamination.
Boehner and Republicans are also intent on defeating President Obama's climate change initiatives on myriad fronts such as stripping the EPA's authority to regulate carbon emissions from coal-fired electricity generating plants, or the air and water pollution related to coal mining. If Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are so intent on comparing America to China, they should embrace the President's climate change agenda and follow the communist nation's latest effort.