Saturday, March 8, 2014

Wisconsin's Congressmen vote to Fast Track Big Construction Projects affecting the environmental...even Nuke Plants in Earthquake Fault Zones.

The way they vote counts.
Republicans hated how fast ObamaCare became law. Any Democratic law really. Remember how the GOP attempted to slow Democratic bills down in congress? From requiring their bills to be posted them on the internet for public review, to constitutional tests.
Not when it comes to their agenda. A quick Google search turned up this example from December 2011 that slowed the Democratic agenda, while speeding up the decline of scenic America and human life.
GOP Lawmakers Slow Down Bills With Anti-Environmental Attacks: The House of Representatives passed a payroll tax bill but … used a bill Congress feels it must pass to jam through two riders that would weaken protections against polluters. One rider would allow industrial facilities to release more mercury, lead, and other toxins into the air we breathe. The other would enable the Keystone XL pipeline to go through the American Heartland without the environmental and safety review the White House deemed necessary.
We've seen “fast track” environmental review for mining pass in Wisconsin, so it should come as no surprise that our congressmen tried the same thing in D.C..

From Roll Call, the GOP vote on trashing America continues:
FAST-TRACK ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS: The House on Thursday passed a bill (HR 2641) to scale back the National Environmental Policy Act as a regulator of large construction projects in America. The 1969 NEPA requires federal agencies to assess the environmental consequences of projects they are building, authorizing by permit or helping to fund ... these detailed reviews must receive EPA clearance before the project can proceed. In part, this bill sets a fast-track schedule for completing reviews; limits the number of reviews per project; authorizes states to prepare certain environmental assessments and allows agencies to accept secondary rather than original analyses of environmental impacts under certain circumstances. Voting yes: Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble
Democrats tried to introduce at least one common sense exception for HR 2641:
ENVIRONMENTAL CHECKS ON NUCLEAR PLANTS: Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble refused to exempt from HR 2641 (above) projects that involve building nuclear-power plants in earthquake fault zones.
Ah, the purity of GOP principles remain intact.

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