The Sneakiest Anti-Environment Moves By House Republicans


In one of their sneakiest moves yet, House Republicans included almost 40 anti-environment riders on the omnibus spending bill and the payroll tax cut extension. In the tax bill, only one rider made the cut: requiring the president to make a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline within 60 days, which was a response to the White House delaying a decision on the pipeline until 2013. The requirement did not achieve its purpose of forcing Obama to approve the pipeline since the Obama administration announced it rejected a permit for the Keystone KL Pipeline on January 18. Score one for Obama!

The good news is that most of the riders were cut from the spending bill. However, three survived: a provision to block funding to enforce new light bulb efficiency standard, a provision to exempt an aspect of Arctic drilling from Clean Air Act standards, and a provision that exempts the logging industry from Clean Water Act pollution limits.

There is more bad news. The spending bill also includes reduced funding for the DOE, the Department of the Interior and the EPA. The DOE received $1.5 billion less than fiscal year 2011 levels, but $1 billion more than the original House version and $200 million more than the Senate version. The Section 1705 loan guarantee program for renewable energy projects lost its remaining $181 million, and research and development funds for developing fossil fuels decreases by $51 million.

However, there is a bit of good news: the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy received $1.8 billion, a $20 million increase from last year. The ARPA-E program, which helps develop new energy technologies, received a $95 million increase in funding.

Unfortunately, the EPA received $240 million less. Funding for EPA’s clean air and climate research program is reduced by $14 million. The EPA’s regulatory development office is reduced by $12 million, and the EPA’s air regulatory programs are reduced by $14 million.


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Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

valda p.
valda p.3 years ago

We should never fear- evil people only the indifference of -good people to prevent -evil,standing up for good and justice though -inconvenient- at times prevents -great tradgeries.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

Thanks very much for posting!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago


James Travers
James Travers3 years ago

While I agree the GOP is by far the worst of the group in regards to destroying our enviroment (and a plethora of other issues) there are a whole lot of Democrats in Washington trying to get that $%!! Pipeline going as well

Gina Caracci
Gina Caracci3 years ago

Disgusting, greedy, self serving, lying, cheating, stealing, hypocritical bastards.

Hope S.
Hope Sellers3 years ago

Eric S: "dems got to posion (sic) pill every bill thr repubs endorse"

Projecting his own opinion on what Republican actually do.
This person is a troll with no profile. It's what the Republicans do; make false allegations and hide.

The true agenda of the Republican Party is to defeat Obama by any means in order to repeal regulations passed by the Obama administration even with the Republican obstructionist Congress.
They want to overturn the Financial Reform bill, Health Care Reform
bill, do away with the Depatment of Education, Bureau of Consumer Protection, starve EPA, the Clean Air and Clean Water acts of regulaters and continue tax cuts and subsidies to the super wealthy iniviuals and corporations. All their rheteric on single "moral" issues is smoke and mirrors to distract and play voters.

While Congress is cutting funding for programs that benefit the American people and enviromnent and continuing tax cuts and subsidiaries to the wealthy and oil and gas companies they also are increasing their own salaries and hiring more staffers. They should cut both their salaries and staff as well as their pension funds which they do not need. We don't need an aristocracy ruling us. Vote them out!

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush3 years ago

When your hatred of someone is so strong, that you are willing to hurt yourself, your loved ones, and your country, you are in great need of therapy.
The GOP has gone over the line, to get their way. Even when President Obama agrees with them, they change their minds and their direction.

I truly believe, that come election time, the moderates and even many conservatives will desert them. Of course, I'm speaking of those who are not RACISTS, because that is what a lot of this is all about. We and they know it, whether they are willing to acknowledge it or not.

Brian M.
Past Member 3 years ago

Let's face it...sometimes the only reasonable course of action to prompt others to behave responsibly is through extreme intimidation. Is there really a good reason NOT to drag these jokers out into the light of day and horsewhip them until the skin falls off their backs? These scoundrels are stealing all of our money and killing the planet. They have earned a certain quota of punishment.

jayasri amma
jayasri amma3 years ago

It's just too bad