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29 August 2011, 12:05 PM
American people reject agenda by large majorities

Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor declared war on regulations that he and his Tea Party backers do not like. Of the ten proposed rollbacks, seven are environmental. Regulations declared “harmful” by Cantor include rules to reduce pollution from power plants, industrial boilers, cement plants, coal ash, ozone, particulate matter and greenhouse gases.

Delaying or cancelling these new pollution standards will seriously impact public health and shorten the lives of thousands, if not millions, of Americans due to pollution related illness.

Luckily, the American people soundly reject Cantor’s attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency. In February, a poll found that 77 percent of Americans (including 61 percent of Republicans) support the notion that "Congress should let the EPA do its job."

A new poll by AP-GfK  (conducted August 18 – 22, 2011) found that 46 percent of Americans now have an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party’s deregulation agenda - the highest since the question has been asked. Only 28 percent still have a favorable opinion of the movement and its goals.

The Earthjustice Right to Breathe campaign details how real people will be impacted if pollution standards are not implemented in a timely manner.

It’s shaping up to be a busy fall. We’ll keep you informed as this story develops.

We think these guys live on another planet... figuratively that is. However, they must really think do judging by the way they vote and talk when it comes to our environment, (their environment too)! Or maybe they just can't think straight with all that money being shoved at them by oil, gas and mining companies just to name a few.

As a third generation Teddy Roosevelt Republican who fought for the Clean Air and Water Acts under the Richard Nixon Administration, I find Eric Cantor's TRAIN Act (H.R. 2401) to be an act of class warfare against the American people. His 'my way or the highway' approach will weaken if not destroy the U.S. economy by driving up health care costs for millions of Americans.

I agree, he will make things worse

It is lower income Americans who suffer most from air and water pollution. The wealthy won't live near polluting industries. Lower income Americans tend to vote Democrat. Of course the Republicans want less regulation and more pollution, it kills poor people. Such a sad state of affairs.

Get rid of this jerk.

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