As many people in this country have become painfully aware during the Obama Administration years, the Environmental Protection Agency has done everything in its power to destroy the coal industry. With that destruction has come the loss of jobs and higher energy costs for the average U.S. citizen.
Now it looks like these unelected officials are flexing their muscles and trying to expand their influence. They want to extend their regulatory power over streams and wetlands in the United States. The Clean Water Act (which sounds a lot nicer than it is) has already hurt states that have not met the EPA’s tough standards regarding lakes and rivers. Now they’re trying to grip streams and wetlands in their greedy fists. This would even include
streams that only show up after heavy rainfalls.
Republicans have been calling the control-freak EPA’s latest mission “a massive land grab.” The Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Lamar Smith of Texas, calls it an effort to “control a huge amount of private property across the country.” Now that they have the majority in the Senate, Republicans are looking for ways to battle against it.
For quite some time now it has appeared that the coal industry will die a slow death, but with Mitch McConnell of Kentucky becoming the Senate Majority leader, maybe there is hope after all. He recently commented about new regulations against coal-powered plants by saying, “My first obligation is to protect my people, who are hurting as the result of what this administration is doing. I’m going to do any and everything I can to stop it.”
Do you believe Republicans should fight against new and stricter EPA regulations, or do you think it’s a losing battle? I’d like to hear from you about this.