Republicans File To Impeach EPA Head For Trying To Protect Environment

A total of 19 Republican lawmakers (and counting) have signed a resolution to begin impeachment proceedings against Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” What “high crimes” has McCarthy committed? She used scientific facts that make polluters look like they are causing pollution and is trying to stop them. If that sounds less than scandalous, then you aren’t a member of the least popular Republican Congress in United States history.

At issue is President Obama’s initiative to clean up America’s water systems and regain control over companies that have in recent years managed to pollute rivers and streams with impunity. The Republican Party’s rush to, quite literally, oppose every single thing Obama does while in office means that they were placed in the unenviable position of having to come out in favor of… pollution. In spin worthy of Wimbledon, Republicans quickly turned the attempt to protect America’s drinking water into an example of supposed government tyranny and an effort by Obama to kill jobs.

McCarthy, as head of the EPA, quickly turned into public enemy number one for businesses who felt cutting down on pollution may hurt their bottom line – and the Republican politicians they paid for quickly agreed.

Apparently having nothing better to do with his time in Washington, a former dentist and current Arizona congressman, Paul Gosar (R), has been on a one-man witch hunt against McCarthy, and now he’s riled up some of his least reputable colleagues enough to join in. This week, he took his quest one step further by formally filing a resolution to get McCarthy thrown from office. In a letter written to other lawmakers, Gosar makes his case against the head of the EPA by – what else? – using a meme and a hashtag.

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The “lie” Gosar refers to here is, itself, a lie. Gosar claims that certain decisions made by the EPA on where to draw the line in jurisdiction were “arbitrary” and therefore unscientific. Instead, it merely shows that drafters of the new regulation simply had to choose the best possible option while weighing all interests. At the end of the day, they picked a scientifically backed number that they felt confident would get the job done.

On the other side of things, the “available science” about the threats to the environment through water pollution is in abundance. Just last year, West Virginia fell victim to a coal sludge spill that seeped 7,500 gallons of toxic chemicals into the state’s drinking water. 300,000 people were affected. It wasn’t an isolated incident. In fact, a recent analysis done by the Associated Press found that in just five years, 180 million gallons of harmful wastewater has been spilled just from fracking operations alone. The rate appears to be increasing year-to-year.

Facts not being on his side, it’s clear that Gosar has a deeply ideological disagreement with the EPA. What is unclear is how he thinks McCarthy did anything approaching “high crimes and misdemeanors.” In his letter, he keeps his charges simplistic and vague:

“On numerous occasions, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy broke the law by lying to Congress in order to force misguided and overreaching regulations, which have no scientific basis, down our throats. Perjury before Congress is perjury to the American people and an affront to the core principles of our Republic and the rule of law…”

The likelihood of McCarthy actually being impeached is low. It seems improbable that even his own Republican colleagues will be convinced by Gosar’s angry rant. However, nothing is out of the realm of possibilities. Having already gotten involved in conspiracies like Jade Helm and Benghazi, it’s entirely possible that the far right of the Republican Party may just latch onto this delusion as well. What’s one more?

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