House Republicans have introduced a new bill that would essentially rewrite the Clean Air Act so that “the term ‘air pollutant’ does not include carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride,” reports Dana Nuccitelli. The bill has 114 co-sponsors—all Republicans.
This change would kill the EPA regulation of carbon pollution that’s a key component of the Clean Power Plan, says Nuccitelli.
Just a decade or so ago, Americans were becoming more and more concerned about threats posed by human-caused global warming, and by the George W. Bush administration’s actions to silence climate scientists instead of taking appropriate action, notes Nuccitelli.
The cleverly named Republican bill, “Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017,” puts money and jobs over health and safety and voids the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions standards—in addition to a host of other very dangerous provisions.