Thursday, December 4, 2014

Republicans Declare War on the Environment and Surrender to Climate Change

Even before the new slate of Republican's take their seats in Congress early in 2015, they have already begun their assault on the environment and efforts to fight climate change. They have promised to take on the EPA and President Obama's climate change agenda.

Led Mitch McConnell, the man destined to be the next Senate majority leader, this climate-denying-coal-loving Senator has made his anti-science, anti-climate and anti-environment intentions clear. In his home state of Kentucky he campaigned on the promise of combating what he has terms Obama's "war on coal." One of the top items on the Republican agenda is fast tracking of the Keystone XL.

Republicans have vowed to delay the EPA's regulatory initiatives through a variety of tactics including "open investigation" and call for funding cuts that would defund the EPA's efforts. As chair of the environmental committee, Senator Jim Inhofe is expected to hold hearing to aggressively attack the EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. As explained by Inhofe, "As we enter a new Congress, I will do everything in my power to rein in and shed light on the EPA’s unchecked regulations." Inhofe has also denounced the recent historic climate agreement between the US and China.

Tax credits for renewable energy are also under attack from some Republicans as lawmakers address the fate of dozens of expired tax provisions and work to reach a deal by mid-December. In particular the revival of the wind energy tax credit, which expired at the end of 2013, can be expected to be vociferously rejected by some Republicans in congress, while others may continue to support it.

The President still has his veto powers and McConnell is unlikely to be able to muster the two-thirds majority in the Senate necessary to override a presidential veto. There is also the court of public opinion, if sufficient numbers of Americans come to understand the facts, they may rebel against Republican's anti-science tirades. 

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