House Spending Bill Contains Huge Giveaways To Dirty Energy

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The House Appropriations Committee is LINK  that would set America back decades when it comes to energy policy and environmental protection.  The LINK  will designate money to everything from nuclear waste cleanup to renewable energy investments, and the Appropriations Committee has made sure that neither of those particular items get the funding they need.

The bill, if passed by the full House, wLINK  , dropping the yearly total to $1.8 billion.  This comes only a year after the LINK  by more than 8% following last year’s sequester cuts.  And while the current incarnation of the spending bill LINK  at the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, it also LINK  to approve the project immediately.

While the bill itself is a slap in the face to renewable energy, LINK  have added are a complete assault on environmental protections.

In order to combat what committee chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) calls the attempt to “LINK  ,” one rider would LINK  to enforce provisions of the Clean Water Act, allowing the dirty energy industry to get away with even more environmental destruction. 

As described on the LINK  :

The bill prohibits any changes to the definition of “fill material” and “discharge of fill material” for the purposes of the Clean Water Act.

The bill prohibits any changes to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

A second rider, which LINK  to the spending bill, would prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing new rules on the disposal of waste products from mountain top removal mining.  LINK  , Rogers contends that the Corps of Engineer’s rules “would shut down coal mines throughout the country.”

Chairman Rogers has his reasons for wanting to exempt the coal industry from any new health standards, but those reasons are incredibly selfish.  The mining industry is LINK  , lavishing him with more than $420,000 over the course of his career.

But Rogers isn’t playing favorites with the coal industry alone.  His budget includes giveaways for the entire dirty energy industry.  While he has no qualms about cutting renewable energy investment, LINK  for fossil fuel research and development. 

Chairman Rogers LINK  proposal prioritizes “programs with the highest national need.” 

But according to LINK  , the LINK  , and even some of the LINK  , addressing the dangers of climate change (and thereby reducing our dependence on fossil fuels) is one of the most important issues facing the country. 

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