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Wednesday News: Trump Attacks NATO, Pardons Extremist Ranchers; “Brexit Meets Gravity”;...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, July 11. Krugman: Brexit Meets Gravity ("Theresa May is...

Tea Party Extermination of the EPA: An Attack on Human &...

The quest to rapidly deteriorate America's air and water, to exterminate untold numbers of species, and to eradicate unspeakable numbers of public lands and its existing habitat continues in earnest in the House of Representatives by our good friends the Tea Party Republicans. When $1.6 trillion was stripped from the EPA budget earlier this year in April, the effects on environmental programs were then thought to be disastrous. Now, with even deeper cuts to the EPA's and Interior Department's budgets, the negative impacts will be multiplied.

What these Republican lawmakers  do not care to understand is that environmental health is tied directly and indirectly to economic health. If, for instance, you're a big agribusiness farming company who continually damages your soil through negligence, you will lose money in the short-run, the long-run, or both. Or, if you are a utility that burns coal for electricity, it's good business practice to not poison surrounding communities of inhabitants, individuals who are also more than likely your customers.

That this issue is even being discussed, is even being questioned, owes a lot to the brilliant rhetoric and illogical basis upon which many within the Republican Party have made arguments against environmental protection. They point to the uncertainties inherent in science or they speak conspiratorially about the "liberal agenda," an agenda which has as much basis in truth as Big-foot but one that still has the effect of stirring conservative constituents into rapid political action. It is a line that liberals feel compelled to defend against instead of focusing on the issues of real importance and substance.