World News: 13:00 GMT Monday 23rd June 2014. [DeSmogBlog via SPi World News]
The House Appropriations Committee isthat would set America back decades when it comes to energy policy and environmental protection. The 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, w, dropping the yearly total to $1.8 billion. This comes only a year after the by more than 8% following last year’s sequester cuts. And while the current incarnation of the spending bill at the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, it also to approve the project immediately.
While the bill itself is a slap in the face to renewable energy,have added are a complete assault on environmental protections.
In order to combat what committee chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) calls the attempt to “ ,” one rider would 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:
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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing new rules on the disposal of waste products from mountain top removal mining. , Rogers contends that the Corps of Engineer’s rules “would shut down coal mines throughout the country.”to the spending bill, would prevent the
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, 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,for fossil fuel research and development.
But according to , the , and even some of the , 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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