• 16. EPA regulations are too restrictive
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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes USEPA) is an agency of the U.S. federal government which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress.

The agency conducts environmental assessment, research, and education. It has the responsibility of maintaining and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws, in consultation with state, tribal, and local governments.

(Source: Wikipedia)
Official Democratic Position

We are restoring treasured landscapes like the Great Lakes, the Florida Everglades, and local wilderness areas. We are working with Gulf Coast states to restore the Gulf and hold BP and other responsible parties accountable. Democrats will continue to work with local communities to conserve our publicly-owned lands and dramatically expand investments in conserving and restoring forests, grasslands, and wetlands across America for generations to come. We will ensure that our National Parks are protected while expanding opportunities for Americans to visit and experience these national treasures. Democrats will continue working to ensure the integrity of the waters Americans rely on every day for drinking, swimming, and fishing, by supporting initiatives that restore our rivers, oceans, and watersheds. We will preserve ecosystems and open more lands and waters for hunting, fishing, and recreation. This will bolster local economies and is good for communities today and for generations to come.

Source: 2012 Democratic Party Platform Sep 4, 2012
Official Republican Position

The EPA has put into effect large regulations that will cost businesses and consumers tens of billions of dollars in the last few years. The Republican Party believes that these regulations are creating regulatory uncertainty, preventing new projects from moving forward, discouraging investment, and preventing job creation. Republicans want to see an end to the EPA participating in “sue and settle” suits, which end up expanding the Agency’s regulatory activities against the wishes of Congress and the people. They believe litigation under that nation’s environmental laws should be entirely transparent, and would also like to see full transparency in all EPA regulations, and their impact on jobs and the economy. This includes advance notice to any state or local governments, as well as tribes, businesses, landowners, and the public, who could be adversely affected by new regulations. Legislation that would ensure a cumulative analysis of EPA regulations is fully supported by republicans. Republicans are against the EPA’s revoking of current permits, and wish to see new greenhouse gas regulations by the EPA stopped by congress, because they would only harm the economy and threaten jobs.

Source: republicanviews.org
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