Jim DePeso, spokesman for Republicans for Environmental Protection, had this to say about what he called the House budget's "anti-environmental extremism: "It is really hard to understand why so many in our party seem so hell-bent on wasting energy. The same conservative values that compel us as conservatives to fiscally live within our means also compel us to do the same when it comes to our energy resources."
In other words, conservation is conservative.
Among the budget provisions that would do nothing to rein in the deficit while wreaking harm on the environment are riders barring the Environmental Protection Agency from using its authority under the Clean Water Act to curb "the odious practice" of mountaintop removal coal mining or using its Clean Air Act authority to limit carbon emissions. "The House spending plan is loaded with attacks on public health standards and conservation that have little to do with reducing the nation's debt. ... We call on the Senate to reject the House's extremism and settle on a rational plan to correct the nation's fiscal imbalances that avoids radical crusades to tear down public health protection and conservation."