Romney opposes mercury rule, beclowns himself again

Check out ANOTHER Romney flip-flop.


Today marks a symbolic vote in the Senate: Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is putting forward a Congressional Review Act resolution [PDF] that would stop the EPA’s impending standards on mercury and other toxic power plant emissions in their tracks.

I won’t rehearse all over again why the mercury rule — mandated by court order, more than a decade overdue — is such a big deal, or why further delaying it is a terrible idea, or how it fits into a comprehensive GOP plan to dismantle the system of U.S. environmental law, a plan relentlessly advanced by the most anti-environmental House in the history of Congress. Nor will I go on about how popular it is with the public. UPDATE:As Philip reported, and as expected, Inhofe’s resolution was defeated in the Senate, 53-46.

I just want to mock the Romney campaign for a minute.

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Coal Industry Pays Fake Activists $50 To Wear Pro-Coal Shirts At Public Hearing | ThinkProgress

Apparently unable to find real activists, the coal industry paid astroturfers $50 to wear pro-coal t-shirts at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing yesterday.

The EPA hearings, held yesterday in Chicago and Washington, D.C., were focused on the agency’s first-ever carbon standards for new power plants. The industry has adamantly opposed these standards, as well as standards on mercury — a pollutant that even Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) admits is harmful.

This year, coal is throwing around its weight by spending tens of millions of dollars on media advertising and political contributions.

Coal is also engaging in fake advocacy campaigns, known as astroturfing. In a Craigslist ad found by the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago, a coal group promised participants $50 to “wear a t-shirt in support of an energy project.” Upon further digging, the Sierra Club blog pieced together much of the deleted Craigslist ad…

via Coal Industry Pays Fake Activists $50 To Wear Pro-Coal Shirts At Public Hearing | ThinkProgress.