Wingnut Legislator Compares EPA to Terrorists

In yet another example of Republicans mainstreaming the fringe so thoroughly that they’ve elected someone who is willing to publicly say the most bizarre and extremist things imaginable, a House Republican is comparing the EPA to terrorists for regulating pollution from coal plants.

Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly (R) had choice worlds for the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule on power plant emissions Monday, moving beyond the usual “war on coal” language and likening the proposed regulations to an act of terrorism.

Kelly delivered his remarks at an event at the conservative Heritage Foundation, a think tank that opposes the new rule.

“You talk about terrorism — you can do it in a lot of different ways,” he said. “But you terrorize the people who supply everything this country needs to be great — and you keep them on the sidelines — my goodness, what have we become?”

When asked to clarify what he meant by that, Kelly said he used the word “terrorism” broadly, E&E News reports.

“When a government can level on you taxes and regulations that makes it impossible for you to compete, then you’re going to stay on the sidelines,” he said.

Welcome to today’s Republican party, where no position is so extreme that it won’t be taken — and not by some fringe figure, but by an elected member of Congress.

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  • raven

    Oh, another hate target for the christofascists. The EPA, the environment, the ecology, and the planetary life support systems. Actually, those have always been on the list but down below women, gays, and hispanic foreigners.

    1. Actually, Rep. Kelly and the christofascists are the terrorists. At least they scare me and for compelling reasons.

    2. In realityland, the EPA has been one of our few and great successes. The US air and water are a lot healthier and cleaner now than 50 years ago.

    A river near my old house up north used to be so polluted, hardly anything lived in it and you wouldn’t dare swim in it. These days, it is a popular spot for swimming and kayaking/canoeing, and supports trout and salmon. The air of the west coast cities was orange brown smog that was hard to breathe and left a film of oil on cars. These days it isn’t always blue skies but it is far better.

    Only an idiot wants to live in a garbage dump.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He’s right, though. The EPA is the worst. Mom ‘n’ Pop American multinational corporate citizens can’t compete with themselves if they can’t freely make their negative internalities external, and they certainly can’t compete with their Chinese selves, who don’t worry about pollution, and look at how beautiful Beijing is, proving that The Market will regulate itself, which is why we need the EPA to get out of the way of The Market so that it can self-regulate by not regulating itself at all.

     

    Come on, people, let’s abolish the EPA and turn those negative externalities in to positives!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    raven “Only an idiot wants to live in a garbage dump.”

    He doesn’t. He simply doesn’t care if you have to, if it saves him money.

    Look, society is give and take. You give.

  • sh3baproject

    EPA are terrorists? says the guy whose party is helping big corps destroy the world.

  • eric

    “When a government can level on you taxes and regulations that makes it impossible for you to compete, then you’re going to stay on the sidelines,”

    If covering the life cycle costs of your industrial process makes you noncompetitive, you deserve to stay on the sidelines.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scrornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

    It’s not surprising that cancervatives would take a book about an altered reality and take it as an instruction manual.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    “not by some fringe figure, but by an elected member of Congress”

    You say that like there’s a possibility that they are mutually exclusive categories

  • Alverant

    “When a government can level on you taxes and regulations that makes it impossible for you to compete, then you’re going to stay on the sidelines,” he said.

    Then you have a bad business model and/or an unsafe product. He never learned what regulations are for has he?

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    eric and Alverant said what I was going to say. If you can’t compete without dumping your waste products into the atmosphere, you deserve to go bust. It’s called a market economy.

  • tbell

    a. Terrorism=bad

    b. EPA=bad

    => c. EPA=Terrorism

    It’s simple math, folks.

  • alanb

    People, people, people. If China is willing to kill its workers and poison its citizens, then we can compete only by being willing to do the same. It only makes sense.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    As bad as China’s pollution and GHG emissions problem is, their leaders at least acknowledge it and are working on solving it. That makes them less evil than the Republican Party.

  • abusedbypenguins

    Nixon signed the bill that created the EPA, therefor, Richard Nixon was a terrorist so Kelly should denounce Nixon as a terrorist.

  • caseloweraz

    Unfortunately, he doesn’t have Richard Nixon to kick around any more.