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View Diary: Senate likely to GUT the EPA this week! Did BP's oil spill never happen? WTF?!?! (147 comments)

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    Looks like the EPA had to find that greenhouse gases posed a threat; under some law or other, the Congress can block factual findings of that sort.  Murkowski proposed a bill to do just that, which was defeated but may be resurrected this week.

    •  Memory says (3+ / 0-)
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      the SCOTUS (during chimpy's second term) actually ordered the EPA to begin regulation.  Of course, Darth Cheney had his evil minions ignore the SCOTUS.  Now with Dems kinda in charge, the corporate whores are afraid something might actually happen.  

      America; land of the used to be free, home of the used to be brave.

      by jaf49 on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 08:23:56 PM PDT

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      •  Memory says, (4+ / 0-)
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        if I've got the right issue, the Bush era story was exceptionally sordid.

        This was the proposed rule that an evil minion pretended not to open in an email. Their Federal Register filing was the weirdest I've ever seen, having screeds against itself appended, written by various Secretaries and Heads of Evil.

        The May 2010 EPA phased approach to deal with the requirement, very modest in how it kicks in, which would be gutted:

        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a final rule to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the largest stationary sources, while shielding millions of small sources of GHGs from Clean Air Act permitting requirements. The phased-in, common-sense approach will address facilities like power plants and oil refineries that are responsible for 70 percent of the greenhouse gases from stationary sources that threaten American’s health and welfare.

        EPA press release

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