(Talk about your bizarre legislation – promoted by Colorado Pols)
POLS UPDATE: We understand that this is just a new way to weaken environmental laws, but we were curious as to the official “rationale” behind this legislation. According to Public News Service:
Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, introduced the bill, claiming federal and local laws and oversight have interfered with border security and that border areas are “overrun with criminal activity.”
So…the terrorists and criminals are winning because…of the, uh, Whooping Crane? That, and the Safe Drinking Water Act, are a criminal’s best friend. After all, states such as Idaho are already having trouble fighting border crime because they’re tied up with a gray wolf insurgency.
More, from Public News Service:
Lynn Scarlett, a former deputy Interior secretary under President George W. Bush, has reviewed the bill, H.R. 1505, and says she supports improving border security but thinks giving a single federal agency the authority to ignore laws and other federal, state and local agencies is a dangerous move.
Rob Bishop-R, Utah–chair of the House Natural Resources Committee has introduced a bill exempting lands within one hundred miles of a border or coast from most federal environmental laws. According to the Pew Environment Group:
H.R. 1505 was introduced on April 13, 2011, by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, and would apply to an area that encompasses 10 whole states, including Florida and Hawaii. Environmental and other laws this proposed legislation would waive include the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Wilderness Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, National Park Service Organic Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act.
Colorado has three Republican (and no Democratic) members on the committee–Scott Tipton, Mike Coffman, and Doug Lamborn.
Polsters–How will they vote on mark up?