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The EPA is under assault, and the left is being slow to rally to its defense

The EPA is under assault, and the left is being slow to rally to its defense

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), defender of the EPA. Photo: Edward Kimmel The EPA is under full-scale assault. Republicans are working furiously to defund the agency and block or weaken its upcoming regulations on greenhouse gases, toxic hazardous emissions, sulfur dioxide, coal ash, and mountaintop-removal mining. (For more on those rules, see my series "Power Struggle .") And they are getting help from midwestern Democrats in both houses. In the face of this coordinated offensive, pushback from the left has been ... fitful. Environmental groups are fired up, but enviros don't have that many friends (or, alternatively, legislators who are scared of them) in Congress. If those legislators are the only ones who vote to protect EPA, the agency is in serious trouble. If the integrity of the nation's landmark public health laws is to be protected, the rest of the left coalition will ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-06-13-defending-epa-se...

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