The most anti-environment Congress ever?


Analysis by Democrats shows the Republican-dominated Congress has voted 125 times on measures that undermine environmental laws and the powers of the EPA

This concerns US democracy but it could probably apply to the Harper Government™’s war on science just as well.

Votes against environment

Votes against environmental laws by the Republican-dominated Congress. Photograph: Committee on energy & commerce

House Republicans have undertaken a war on environmental regulations since assuming the majority earlier this year, taking a total of 125 votes on measures that would take undermine environmental laws or take away the government’s authority to set regulations. Together, the measures make this “the most anti-environment Congress in history,” says Rep. Henry Waxman, the ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Democratic staffers on the Energy and Commerce Committee compiled the list, which includes stand-alone bills and amendments filed to other pieces of legislation. Fifty of the measures have targeted the Environmental Protection Agency, though the departments of Interior (25 measures) and Energy (24) have also been in the crosshairs. Twenty-eight have sought to undermine elements of the Clean Air Act, blocking the agency from issuing rules on particulate matter, ozone pollution, or mercury, for example.

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