The Los Angeles Times editorial board has named the “10 most powerful and outspoken opponents of clean air, clean water, conservation and climate action.” Number two is House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA):
2. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va. The House Majority Leader released a memo in late August listing the top 10 “job-destroying regulations” his party would battle in the remainder of the congressional session. Seven were environmental rules opposed by the fossil fuel industry, including restrictions on emissions from industrial boilers and cement plants, and proposed rulemaking on smog, farm soot and greenhouse gases. None of these rules really threaten jobs, but failing to approve them would certainly threaten lives.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) has rightly called this year’s group, led by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) & Rep. Cantor, “the most anti-environment House in the history of Congress.” A new report from Rep. Waxman, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) & Rep. Howard Berman (R-CA) details 191 House GOP votes targeting our air, water, wildlife & public health – an average of more than one anti-conservation bill per day the House has been in session.
And the number of job creation bills? Oh, right.