Magazine article The New American

Struggling to Unshackle Environmental Restraints

Magazine article The New American

Struggling to Unshackle Environmental Restraints

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Item: "Following the administration's official repeal of the Clean Water Act, environmental groups vowed to fight the administration s efforts to rollback [sic] water protections," according to Think Progress for June 27. The "progressive" news blog piece was entitled "RIP, Obama's Clean Water Rule," with a subhead that claimed that the "rule protected the drinking water of 1 in 3 Americans."

Item: Business Insider published a piece on June 1 about the alleged lack of impact of deregulating energy companies. The article was picked up from Mic, a news site with the reputation of catering to millennials. The article was headlined, "Trump is undermining environmental regulations to help energy companies, but it s not working. "

The president has said, wrote Will Drabold, that environmental "regulations hurt coal, oil and gas companies, limiting both their production and ability to put Americans to work. But to date, rolling back environmental regulations for fossil fuel companies has not improved company revenues or stock prices." He did acknowledge that "there has been a turnaround in hiring in the extraction industries," but said that was still down from its high in 2014.

ITEM: An article, from "Common Sense News," dated June 12, discussed proposed budget reductions for the Environmental Protection Agency and cuts of environmental regulations. The piece, originally published by CNN, was headlined "EPA regulation cuts likely to hurt children most, experts say. "All sorts of ills were predicted.

Cited, among others, was a spokeswoman from the Center for Environmental Health. "Children exposed to chemicals and polluted air and water can put undue strain on social services, health care and the economy. Studies have showed [sic] that kids with lead poisoning often have lower lifetime earnings and therefore pay less in taxes because of ensuing brain damage, [Caroline] Cox said. They are also at higher risk for committing crimes and ending up in the criminal justice system, which is expensive in its own right."

She also brought up the impact on the Clean Air Act. Cox said, "Without an agency to implement those laws, they 're just words on a piece of paper. "

CORRECTION: Apparently life as we know it is going to cease if there is any reduction in the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency, which didn't exist until 1970, or if there is any relief from a single one of the uncountable number of environmental regulations burdening the U.S. economy. Or so one would think from the hyperbolic claims of the green friends of Gaia.

A meteorologist with the Washington Post, who previously was a staffer in the Obama administration and, according to his piece in the paper, worked on the EPA's "climate-change" map for five years. When the new administration took down the website (apparently to update it with its views), the "Weather Gang" guy went off the deep end, proclaiming that "its removal is a declaration of war." Really?!

While few anticipate that the coal industry is going to duplicate the halcyon days of the past by rolling back a few regulations, business is looking up. Yet, before the last elections, the compassionate progressives who love to tout their fondness for the little guy thought they had buried all those miners for good. The Wall Street Journal recalled, on August 17, that former EPA

   Administrator Gina McCarthy proclaimed
   in 2015 that coal "is no
   longer marketable." She planned to
   be the lead undertaker. The Obama
   Administration worked tirelessly to
   fulfill her mission and may have succeeded
   had Hillary Clinton become
   President. "We're going to put a lot
   of coal miners and coal companies
   out of work," the 2016 Democratic
   nominee famously promised.

   Yet the Trump Presidency seems
   to have lifted animal spirits and coal.
   Weekly coal production has increased
   by 14.5% nationwide over last year
   with even bigger bumps in West Virginia
   (19%), Pennsylvania (19. … 
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