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senate Bill S. Joint Res. 22

Axing the EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule

Argument in favor

The “waters of the U.S.” rule is an example of regulatory overreach by the EPA and the Corps of Engineers. It not only infringes on property owners’ rights, but will raise costs for farmers and business owners.

BTSundra's Opinion
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01/15/2016
Abolish the EPA and give the power to the states.
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Eric's Opinion
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01/07/2016
Because if my crazy left wing liberal senators both voted yes, it must be bad for our country and her citizens.
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Ryan's Opinion
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01/14/2016
How many times has the EPA caused horrific environmental problems? The Animas river in Colorado. Not only did the EPA coerce the mine owner to grant it access on threat of a $35,000 per day fine and then fail to take common sense precautions to check the water pressure behind the Gold King mine when it began removing debris from the portal, now the agency is hiding the data related to the before and after effects of the spill. And in Greensboro, EPA-funded contractors grading a toxic 19th-century cotton mill site struck a water main, sending the deadly sediment into a nearby creek. Can we really trust the EPA with our drinking water?
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Argument opposed

Both the EPA and the Corps of Engineers need the authority of this new rule to protect two million miles of streams and 20 million acres of wetlands. Water quality will improve in these areas if the rule stays in effect.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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01/26/2016
"Climate change is the single greatest threat facing our planet. The debate is over, and the scientific jury is in: global climate change is real, it is caused mainly by emissions released from burning fossil fuels and it poses a catastrophic threat to the long-term longevity of our planet." [berniesanders.com]
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Scott's Opinion
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01/13/2016
How long does anyone expect to remain alive? Fresh water is drying up all over the world thru desertification and fast glacial melt off, sending all the mountainous sources of fresh water into the oceans. We can't drink that. Add to that the criminal debacle in Michigan, where the governor intentionally poisoned the citizens of Flint by forcing them to drink local, heavily lead contaminated water, rather than allow them to bring water in from cleaner sources; all in the name of fiscal conservatism, the drought destroying the entire Midwest, southwest, and California farm industry, and explosive flammable water coming out of the taps in W. Virginia, and the obvious response is for immensely more regulation and freedom for the EPA to IMPOSE rules nationally.
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William's Opinion
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01/13/2016
Another attempt to sacrifice the environment for the sake of profits. Keep money out of politics.
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    Abolish the EPA and give the power to the states.
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    "Climate change is the single greatest threat facing our planet. The debate is over, and the scientific jury is in: global climate change is real, it is caused mainly by emissions released from burning fossil fuels and it poses a catastrophic threat to the long-term longevity of our planet." [berniesanders.com]
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    How long does anyone expect to remain alive? Fresh water is drying up all over the world thru desertification and fast glacial melt off, sending all the mountainous sources of fresh water into the oceans. We can't drink that. Add to that the criminal debacle in Michigan, where the governor intentionally poisoned the citizens of Flint by forcing them to drink local, heavily lead contaminated water, rather than allow them to bring water in from cleaner sources; all in the name of fiscal conservatism, the drought destroying the entire Midwest, southwest, and California farm industry, and explosive flammable water coming out of the taps in W. Virginia, and the obvious response is for immensely more regulation and freedom for the EPA to IMPOSE rules nationally.
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    Another attempt to sacrifice the environment for the sake of profits. Keep money out of politics.
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    Water quality is essential for the health of the people. Local entities cannot be trusted to effectively police such a resource. It can result in messes such as Flint, Michigan.
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    ".@POTUS’s clean power plan is a great step fwd, & I’d expand it to cover large emission sources beyond power plants. " [twitter.com]
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    We need to protect our waters, even at the expense of profits.
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    The EPA has been crippled to the tune of a large amount of lobbying money. If we do not protect our resources, we will not have an economy or a healthy place to live. Is the suggested alternative to go live on a palm oil plantation in Indonesia, the Philippines (both countries are beautiful in places that have not been destroyed) or to live in what is left of the Amazon in Brazil? Good luck with that! (Sen Rubio: do your job. Your constituents don't have the option of taking years of paid leave!)
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    Because if my crazy left wing liberal senators both voted yes, it must be bad for our country and her citizens.
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    Our waters need to be protected, they are not our dumping grounds.
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    Having safe and potable water is a necessity for current and future citizens.
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    Didn't we learn anything from Flint, MI.
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    Eps has clear environmental goals. Given global climate change, the old way of doing things should be modified.
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    The needs of the community trump the needs of the capitalist money-grubbing selfish individual.
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    How many times has the EPA caused horrific environmental problems? The Animas river in Colorado. Not only did the EPA coerce the mine owner to grant it access on threat of a $35,000 per day fine and then fail to take common sense precautions to check the water pressure behind the Gold King mine when it began removing debris from the portal, now the agency is hiding the data related to the before and after effects of the spill. And in Greensboro, EPA-funded contractors grading a toxic 19th-century cotton mill site struck a water main, sending the deadly sediment into a nearby creek. Can we really trust the EPA with our drinking water?
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    The Water of the US rule is an enforcement action only on waters that affect public drinking water and other water sources that affect public health (operative term "public"). This joint resolution would be a partisan effort to secure the votes of farmers through legal pandering by allowing them unrestricted access to do as they please in waterways that affect public health (i.e., allowing cattle to crap in waterways that provide drinking water, allow excessive runoff of toxic pollutants from pesticides that cannot be filtered out by our purification systems, etc). There are no people unaffected by this- farmers are being manipulated by politicians whom will pass legislation going against you when it benefits them to get some other groups' vote, and non farmers (or non corporate interests) will have their health and well being affected (drinking water, swimming holes where your kids play, etc). This benefits only politicians whom with to retain their seats in Congress, collect six figure paychecks, get great pension and free healthcare (that's right, they all get their healthcare provided for free on our dime) and get their kids sent to college for free (yep. Free college for congressman/congresswomen's children...on our dime).
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    The environment needs to be protected. Flint, Michigan is a perfect example of what happens when you deregulate environmental and public service protections.
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    Let's take a look at Michigan and California regarding how well private, businesses and state agencies are able to handle the environment.
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    Yes, "waters of the US" should go away.
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    If Flint proves anything, it is the fact that states with Rethug Governors will screw their citizens out of good drinking water. Based on the Rethug actions in Flint this law insures that the EPA will control the state's water supply insuring that Rethugs cannot legally kill Americans by destroying the water supply.
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