Anti-life GOP forcing states to comply with its laws of death

Anti-life GOP forcing states to comply with its laws of death

The anti-life GOP is cracking down on states that dare oppose its federal mandates.

Yes, you heard that right. The Republican Party portrays itself as favoring states rights over federal control. That is just another convenient lie told when it does not have control of the federal government.

Take Scott Pruitt. Please! As Oklahoma attorney general he fought the EPA constantly, crying states rights! States rights! Now that the GOP has full control of the federal government and he runs the agency he loathes, he is going after states that dare enforce pollution standards of their own making–at least when those standards are higher than the federal ones. And that’s not hard anymore, given his dismantling of every pollution-control law he can get his oil-drenched fingers on. Now he’s got California in his sights. The New York Times reports:

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday took steps to challenge California’s decades-old right to set its own air pollution rules, setting up a showdown between the federal government and a state that has emerged as a bulwark against the Trump administration’s policies.

The E.P.A. statement was part of the agency’s widely expected decision to reconsider, and most likely roll back, Obama-era rules requiring automakers to hit ambitious emissions and mileage standards by 2025. The statement, though, was notable for the forcefulness of its language suggesting that the Trump administration would take on California’s authority to set its own rules.

Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, signaled that he aimed to make California fall in line. The Obama administration, he said, “made assumptions about the standards that didn’t comport with reality, and set the standards too high.” California’s history of setting its own emissions rules “doesn’t mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country,” Mr. Pruitt said.

A rollback of the rules, which are designed to cut back on emissions of greenhouse gases, would reverse one of the single biggest steps any government has taken to tackle climate change. California has said it will stick with the tougher, Obama-era regulations, a decision that could effectively split the United States into two auto markets: one requiring cars to be more efficient and less polluting than the other.

California has long possessed the unique authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act to write its own air pollution rules. Traditionally, a dozen other states follow California’s air pollution rules and together they represent one-third of the nation’s auto market. That puts California in an extraordinary position to stage a regulatory revolt, with much of the country’s car market in tow.

This attack is yet one more piece in the daily stream of evidence showing that the Republican Party has no principles other than amassing power and money. It worships at the altar of the fossil fuel god, and will do so until civilization is destroyed or until the duped Republican voters wake up and recognize that the people controlling the party are NOT pro-life, are NOT small government proponents, and do not give a damn about the voters so long as the party can gin up white resentment and maintain power. Christians: The GOP is NOT the party of Christ. It is the party of Babylon, of empire, of everything your faith is supposed to oppose. It is time to stop the denial and numbness and turn away from these monsters with wide open eyes, recognizing that there is NO party that truly stands for Gospel values, but there IS one party consistently destroying the future for your grandchildren and beyond: the Republican Party.

Photo: Los Angeles with smog. Creative Commons license CCO 1.0 Universal.

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David Backes

I have always been drawn to where the wild things are: the natural world around me, and the wilderness within. As a writer, speaker, and university professor, I have for decades focused on this combination of nature and the human spirit. In recent years, my spiritual journey has added another lens: social, environmental and intergenerational justice. Put it all together and you’ve got The Earth Keeper, a blog of integral ecology and the prophetic imagination. The Earth Keeper may at times make you feel hopeful or inspired; it may make you feel uncomfortable or defensive or even angry. I hope it often will be challenging, and always interesting.

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