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.