Republicans Seek Large Scale Destruction of Our Country’s Environment

by Ben Hoffman

With the nation’s attention diverted by the drama over the debt ceiling, Republicans in the House of Representatives are loading up an appropriations bill with 39 ways — and counting — to significantly curtail environmental regulation.

One would prevent the Bureau of Land Management from designating new wilderness areas for preservation. Another would severely restrict the Department of Interior’s ability to police mountaintop-removal mining. And then there is the call to allow new uranium prospecting near Grand Canyon National Park.

There is little chance that all the 39 proposals identified by Democrats will be approved by the Senate, which they control, or that a substantial number could elude a presidential veto. In fact, one measure — to forbid the Fish and Wildlife Service to list any new plants or animals as endangered — was so extreme that 37 Republicans broke ranks Wednesday and voted to strip it from the bill.

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Republicans have destroyed our economy, destroyed our standing in world affairs, started two unwinnable wars, so why stop there? Let’s just totally destroy everything good about our country for some simple-minded ideology.

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4 Responses to “Republicans Seek Large Scale Destruction of Our Country’s Environment”

  1. They have completely lost their marbles.

  2. some simple-minded ideology

    I’m not sure if it so simple. Inverting popular ideas like “free-trade” and “freedom and democracy” into meaning corportist monopolies and authoritarian oligarchies takes some work. I would submit that the destructive ideologies that have taken hold in the republican party embody a larger group-think mentality that deliberately omits from its narrative things like social well-being and the environment.

    • It’s simple in that it’s easy for right-wingers to support. They’ve taken the idea of self-responsibility and attached it to economic policy in the form of a free-market economy. They’ve even given it a name to make right-wingers feel like they’ve actually studied economics. It’s the Austrian School, which basically is laissez-faire capitalism.

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