It’s No Joke: Weaker Environmental Rules Put Us All At Risk | The Times-Picayune

Weaker environmental rules put us at risk

Heat and haze combine to make for a messy scene of Chalmette Refinery along the Mississippi River in 2002. (Photo by Chris Granger)

Bulletin: Washington — House majority whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) yesterday told members of his Metairie, La., district that he would be placing them and his own family into a pool of 1,400 Americans who would die premature deaths in order to allow coal power plants to make more money by removing some pollution controls.

Scalise’s decision was quickly applauded by the oil and gas industry, which has given him than $230,000 for campaign spending this year alone. And his bold decision to risk others’ lives was quickly echoed by members of Louisiana GOP congressional delegation.

Sen. John Kennedy, drawing on his trademark backwoods witticism, said: “You’d have to be a doofus not to increase voters’ health risk from pollution if it means a few more bucks in the pockets of businesses.”

Sen. Bill Cassidy, who is also a medical doctor, said he saw no conflict between his votes increasing the health risks to his family and his constituents and the physicians’ credo “first do no harm.”

“That credo actually reads ‘first do no harm to businesses,'” he explained. “It’s also the motto of the new Republican Party under our faultless leader, President Trump.”

OK, enough fun for today.

The above clearly was a bit of sarcasm. But the only thing “fake” about that news bulletin was the idea that those politicians would take personal responsibility for the deadly threats they have agreed with President Donald Trump to unleash on Americans.

And, make no mistake, this war on environmental regulations comes down this: Exchanging the health of you and your family so the businesses that support these politicians can make more money.

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