GOP and Energy Lobbies In Closed Talks to Destroy All Climate Change Rules

You’ll never see a more blatant expression of the Republican Party’s servitude to the energy industries than this. No, the title is not an exaggeration.

Top staff members for key House and Senate Republicans met in a closed-door session Tuesday with energy industry interests to work on strategy to handcuff the Obama administration’s climate change agenda.

With the backing of GOP caucus leaders, aides for House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking member Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) are seeking unwavering support from a host of industries for an all-out push to block federal and state climate rules.

“The feedback we got was ‘hey, great, go for it guys,’” one Republican aide told POLITICO. “And we pretty strongly told them we do need your help to get this done. And when we walked away from the meeting the feeling was we got that.”

The roster of those attending the invitation-only gathering is being kept under lock and key, though it is believed to include the American Petroleum Institute, National Mining Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and others.

Nothing to see here; just the same old anti-science Republican Party and their corporate masters, screwing the people and the environment for profit. Want to know why I totally reject the GOP and the right wing? This is just one of the reasons.

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