Republicans Rush to Harm the Environment and Endanger the American People

pollution

One small group of men and women in the entire world denies that climate change is caused by man; or do they? I believe that Republican’s rejection of the facts is simply the support of the world’s greatest polluters; large corporations. The party of big business continues to place profit before people, and in this case the future of the world. Trump has been in office 13 days, and Republicans are wasting no time in their efforts to destroy our potable water, our air quality, and our fertile growing fields.

Wednesday, House Republicans voted to reject President Obama’s restrictions forbidding coal mines to dump their poisonous refuse into local streams. Of course they defended their move with a blatant lie.

“Make no mistake about it, this Obama administration rule is not designed to protect streams. Instead, it was an effort to regulate the coal mining industry right out of business,” said Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, who sponsored the disapproval measure on the stream protection rule. “Profit before people.”

They also voted to deregulate the mining industry by removing requirements reporting payments made to foreign nations.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said the only reason to repeal the disclosure rule was “to help corrupt governments steal money from their people.”

I’m not done yet; here are other necessary regulations they plan to remove to benefit the super-rich.

They are preparing to repeal important protections for the American people and our water, air, and soil, and increase the possibility of mass shootings daily. These efforts will include, fracking, guns and federal contracting.

Fracking is the most dangerous mining operation in history; it destroys everything in their vicinity, resulting in millions of square miles of uninhabitable land. Only one example is necessary to reveal another byproduct of this horrific process. Oklahoma has more fracking wells than any other state. It never experienced seismic events until fracking became unrestricted. Now they have thousands of earthquakes each year.

In 2016 there were 385 mass shootings in the United States; more than the number of days in a year. 670 children under the age of 12 were killed. We are the only nation in the world which can report those numbers.

Australia once had a serious gun problem; the laws were changed, and thousands of lives have been saved. Both non-gun citizens and gun owners are pleased with the results. It will never happen here because gun manufacturers and gun sellers have a lobby, the NRA, to protect their billion dollar industry.

New rules were established to insure that federal contracts were open to bid, and competitive. Republicans want these million dollar contracts to be unrestricted and give them to GOP campaign contributors.

This is your Republican Party. They have lost all respect. They moved from a party which supported individual rights and small business into a party which is owned by the one-percent.

The travesty for the working class is that all three branches of government will be in control of the most corrupt political party in our nation’s history.

A note to Trump supporters, and Republican voters: You failed America, and you failed yourselves and your families.

Op-Ed

By James Turnage

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