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Republicans are dismantling the environmental protections set forth by the Obama Administration, targeting restrictions against drilling in national parks, releasing methane, and blasting mountaintops for coal.
Mountaintops get blasted to create access to coal, and the explosions endanger people, environmentalists say.Obama-era restrictions were aimed at guarding against this.
Methane is a gas that contributes to global warming.
The Congressional Review Act affords House lawmakers a mechanism for revoking restrictions that are less than 60 legislative days old.Republican lawmakers intend to remove what conservatives in the U.S.call "job-killing red tape" to bring back jobs for the coal industry and other job markets that have been steadily declining for years.In so doing, critics say, protections against climate change and pollution are proportionately weakened.
Democrats boycotted a committee vote to confirm President Trump's nominee for director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, around the time of the rollback.As attorney general of Oklahoma Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times over climate, smog and mercury regulations.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Obama administration's rules "unfairly target coal jobs," dealing harm to "real people who support real families in real communities."[메디컬리포트=KC Jones 기자]