While Democrats worry about offending constituents by taking a position on anything, Republicans can get away with openly declaring that gas pump prices are more important than peoples lives or childhood respiratory ailments. The story below, as usual, offers up no outrage or the repugnant nature of the Republican position:
The Environmental Protection Agency aims to reduce sulfur in gasoline by more than 60 percent in 2017. The agency claimed the change would save lives and cut down significantly on respiratory ailments by making the air cleaner … by slashing smog- and soot-forming pollution come 2030, the EPA projected the overall changes to fuels and cars would prevent up to 2,400 premature deaths and 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children.
The health benefits alone make the change worthwhile…but wait, are all those lives and respiratory ailments really worth higher prices at the pump?
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said "Increases in gas prices disproportionately hurt the nation's most vulnerable individuals and families -- with $4 dollar a gallon gas the norm in many parts of the country, we cannot afford policies that knowingly raises gas prices."
It’s the money stupid, not lives. And you know, Upton will never ever really see a time when it is affordable. Peoples lives/childhood respiratory problems take a back seat to gas pump prices.That said, we’re doing everything we can to make sure our kids aren't left with huge deficits, by taking future dollars from our children's Social Security and Medicare coverage.