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    House Republicans Scorn Environment in Favor of Oil and Gas
    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 @ 21:58:24 GMT by vlad


    By J.R. Pegg

    WASHINGTON, DC, September 29, 2005 (ENS) - Two House committees on Wednesday advanced post-hurricane legislation that relaxes environmental regulations on oil refineries and opens much of the nation’s coast and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.

    Republican leaders said the impact of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina on energy prices exposed the need to boost domestic energy supplies and ease regulation of the nation’s energy infrastructure, despite the recent passage of a $16 billion energy bill.

    "We cannot stop hurricanes, but we can mitigate some of the adverse impacts on our energy infrastructure and our economy that hurricanes can cause," said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton, a Texas Republican.

    Critics said the new energy legislation does little to help consumers with rising energy costs and rolls back regulations that protect public health and the environment.

    The legislation is "a hastily crafted, minimally reviewed bill of dubious virtue," that does nothing to address the nation’s growing demand for energy, said Representative John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat and ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee...

    The bill relaxes parts of the Clean Air Act, including the New Source Review program that require refineries and coal-fired power plants to install new pollution equipment when they expand operations...

    The changes are in line with revisions proposed by the Bush administration that have been challenged in court by states, environmentalists and public health advocates.

    In addition, the bill eases federal ozone standards and gives states broader authority to opt out of federal pollution clean up plans.

    The legislation requires the President to designate sites on federal lands – such as closed military bases – for new refineries and provides risk insurance to companies building new refineries. It gives the U.S. Energy Department oversight of refinery permits and reduces local and state input into siting decisions.

    "Our country needs more oil refineries because the people who work for a living need gasoline to get to work," Barton said.


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    Re: House Republicans Scorn Environment in Favor of Oil and Gas (Score: 1)
    by ElectroDynaCat on Friday, September 30, 2005 @ 07:12:24 GMT
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    After 9-11 the Congress was herded into throwing away the Constitutional rights of the people. In the aftermath of Katrina and Rita, ones right to live without pollution will be gone. What everyone should understand is that there is no guarrantee that there's any more oil to be found in those places, even in ANWR.  Any drilling offshore of the east coast would be subject to the same dangers as the oil rigs in the Gulf.Whats the Congress' Plan B after that?

    We've had a thirty year heads up period for the energy crisis, back in the 70's satellite mapping had identified all the possible locations of oil deposits, and it wasn't long before the analysts had a time frame for oil depletion worldwide. After 30 years of status quo and heads in the sand, we're at the end of that time frame. Time is up,and the crisis has arrived.
    The Congress, the Media,and  Big Oil have played their hand, they have no cards left to put on the table, yet they expect everyone else to fold on their bluff.


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