Republicans vs. Environment: No match

Posted by Christine, March 11, 2011

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — Envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion pro­grams took a dis­pro­por­tion­ate hit in the recent con­gres­sional debate over H.R. 1, a con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion to fund the fed­eral gov­ern­ment the rest of the cur­rent fis­cal year.

“The con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion (CR) that the House passed ful­fills many items on the wish list of anti-environmental rad­i­cals,” David Jenk­ins, vice pres­i­dent for gov­ern­ment and polit­i­cal affairs of the Repub­li­cans for Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, said in a state­ment on the organization’s Web site. “Repub­li­cans were not elected to gut envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tions, and this legislation’s attempt to do so is at odds with the stew­ard­ship val­ues espoused by Amer­i­cans of all polit­i­cal stripes. They were elected to prac­tice fis­cal respon­si­bil­ity. Unfor­tu­nately, they are doing the for­mer and weasel­ing on the lat­ter. This duplic­ity brings with it the risk of seri­ous polit­i­cal con­se­quences for our party in 2012 and beyond.”