The EPA is only 44 years old. The North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources is 43 years old. The Earth is MILLIONS of years old. Humans have been thriving on this here planet for thousands of years.
Yet, the drive-by media wants us to believe that Republican-inspired budget cuts are endangering human life and putting the planet at risk. The Raleigh office of the AP teamed up with the folks at Low-T state HQ to deliver the most recent scare tactic:
When Republicans took control of the North Carolina legislature four years ago, they promised to do away with environmental regulations they claimed hurt economic growth. But environmental groups say lawmakers have gone too far, gutting laws aimed at protecting the public’s health.
In the last few years, GOP lawmakers have scaled back pollution control programs, lifted a moratorium on natural gas exploration using hydraulic fracturing and pushed to remove key scientists and experts from state environmental oversight boards.
In the last week alone, they considered several controversial environmental measures. One would stop the state environmental agency from disclosing complaints and investigations on farms. Critics say that would shield farm operators from public scrutiny and discourage citizens from reporting violations. Another provision tucked in a regulatory reform bill would reduce the number of air quality monitoring stations in communities across the state.
“What this provision would do is say we’re going to get rid of air quality monitors unless the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) specifically requires us to have them,” said Molly Diggins, state director of the Sierra Club. That means communities would have “less protection from harmful air pollution than they have today with no clear benefit to the public.”