More dirt, more corruption, more secret bribery

Streams? Oh who needs streams. Streams are just some hippy crap like candles and home-made bread and bicycles.

The Republicans have rushed to make sure that streams don’t end up being too clean.

Using an obscure law that allows Congress to review regulations before they take effect, the Senate voted to reverse the Stream Protection Rule, which seeks to protect the nation’s waterways from debris generated by a practice called surface mining. The Interior Department had said the rule would protect 6,000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres of forests by keeping coal mining debris away from nearby waters.

The Senate vote was 54 to 45, following a House vote for repeal on Wednesday.

“Make no mistake about it, this Obama administration rule is not designed to protect streams,” Representative Bill Johnson, a Republican from Ohio who sponsored the move to reverse the rule, said on Wednesday. “Instead, it was an effort to regulate the coal mining industry right out of business.”

For what purpose? Why would the Obama administration and Congress have wanted to regulate the coal mining industry right out of business? Just random trouble-making?

The Senate also moved to reverse a separate rule requiring publicly traded oil, gas and mineral companies to disclose payments to foreign governments for licenses or permits. The disclosure rule was aimed at curbing bribery and at helping resource-rich developing countries hold fossil-fuel companies, and their governments, accountable.

That’s hippy shit too. It’s much better to have universal corruption and bribery, because that way we all know where we are.

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