31 Aug '11, 7pm

GOP Repackages Old Attacks on Environmental Safeguards and Calls It a Jobs Plan

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s memo outlining the GOP jobs plan was certainly timely. Our economy is facing towering challenges that call for bold, constructive ideas. Too bad Cantor’s proposed solutions are nothing more than a repackaged anti-government screed that seeks to help the pollution industry by repealing environmental and public health standards. In the midst of a recession spurred by rampant trading in unregulated mortgage debt, Cantor repeats the canards that clean air safeguards are the “job-destroying” villains. At a time when corporations have amassed what the Wall Street Journal called “record cash piles ”— nearly $2 trillion—he says updating pollution controls at factories would require burdensome capital costs. Both Cantor’s analysis and his remedy ring false. Worse, if adopted his plan would do real harm to real Americans. It could kill. By blockin...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/fbeinecke/gop_repackage...

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