Romney Vs. The Environment (And The Truth)
On Wednesday night, Governor Romney remarked that “regulation is essential.” Then, as soon as he stops facing a national audience, he starts bashing the EPA again. At least one thing is consistent with Wednesday night. He’s still not telling the truth:
The GOP presidential nominee is telling voters in Colorado, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia that Obama’s EPA is to blame for wiping out the coal industry. Romney and his surrogates are warning Iowans of EPA plans to regulate for farm dust and railing against the agency for flying airplanes over livestock operations to spy for dirty water.
In many instances, Romney’s EPA attacks stretch the boundaries of what the agency actually does or can do. The EPA has repeatedly denied any plans for new farm dust rules, and the planes have been used as a cost-cutting enforcement measure dating back to the George W. Bush administration. Energy experts say the coal industry’s problems are a byproduct of all-time lows in natural gas prices rather than new air pollution requirements that have been subject to legal battles for more than a decade.
One thing these last few days makes clear. Mitt Romney promises to tell everyone what he thinks they want to hear.