GOP Governors Trying to Kill Environmental Protection Laws
Since the midterm elections, the GOP has been doing more than decimating social programs and attacking women, the poor and the elderly. Emboldened by a coalition of toxic Republican governors, they've been taking their offense to the state level, disabling infrastructure that potentially still has a wall of protection in the Senate. We've seen this in both their union-busting tactics throughout the Midwest and their assault on women's reproductive health throughout the country, but the New York Times points out today that they're coming for another target: environmental protection. Citing environmental rollbacks in Maine, New Jersey, Florida and North Carolina as well as the Washington GOP's disdain for the EPA, the piece illustrates how Republicans are setting up a false dichotomy between jobs and the environment -- as though we've got to choose one or the other.
Governor LePage summed up the animus while defending his program in a radio address. “Maine’s working families and small businesses are endangered,” he said. “It is time we start defending the interests of those who want to work and invest in Maine with the same vigor that we defend tree frogs and Canadian lynx.”
This is, of course, completely false. As Sarah Laskow wrote yesterday in The Mulch,'comprehensive clean-energy and climate legislation could create 1.9 million jobs,' while Ryan's budget plan not only sacrifices the EPA -- $1.6 billion in cuts -- it also decimates jobs.
Meanwhile, the consequences of an overly tread-upon earth are still emerging. Last week, for instance, scientists discovered that climate change affects plate tectonics.