House Republicans To Deny Existence of Environment, Re-brand EPA as “Economy Protection Agency”
The following is Appendix Z from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model legislation document, “EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck”. The document is pending approval, however it is already widely accepted by many House Republicans.
Resolution Opposing Existence of “Environment” and the Rebranding of EPA as Economy Protection Agency.
WHEREAS: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed numerous new regulations, particularly in the area of air quality and regulation of greenhouse gases, that are likely to have major effects on the economy, jobs and U.S. competitiveness in worldwide markets;
WHEREAS: EPA overregulation is driving jobs and industry out of America;
WHEREAS: The primary goal of government at the present time must be to promote economic recovery and to foster a stable and predictable business environment that will lead to the creation of jobs;
WHEREAS: Our efforts to deny climate change and environmental degradation seem to be failing in the face of overwhelming evidence produced by a surprisingly large number of scientists who refused to have their research adequately funded by one of our numerous third-party support organizations.
WHEREAS: It is becoming increasingly tiresome and expensive to go to all these hearings and argue each and every regulation regarding each and every infringement on industry’s freedom to dump toxic waste and emit poison etc.;
WHEREAS: It is also wearying to have to create hypocritical language that makes it seem like we actually care about, and, indeed, are the true custodians of healthy air and clean water.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the legislature calls on Congress:
- To deny the existence of an “environment” altogether as a conceptual construct of a liberal minority from the so-called “left-wing loony” fringe. (If there is no “environment”, then there is nothing that can be polluted, and climate cannot “change” if it does not exist. Finally, if the “environment” does not exist, we might rightly ask: “What exactly is the EPA supposed to protect?”)
- To promote the existence of an “economy” that is wholly independent of a non-existent “environment”. This may be partly accomplished by re-branding the EPA as the Economy Protection Agency.
- Requiring the Administration undertake a multi-year, multi-agency study to prove the existence of the “environment”. The study should include agencies and departments having expertise in, and responsibility for, the economy and should provide an objective cost-benefit analysis of what the illusion of an environment costs our real economy.
Footnote: The word “environment” should be avoided altogether unless it is preceded by the word “business”.