G.O.P. vs. the Environment


As of Friday, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives had voted 168 times this year to undercut clean air and water laws while blocking efforts to limit global warming, protect public lands and guard against future oil spills. Henry Waxman, the senior Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, calls this “the most anti-environmental Congress in history.”

Mr. Waxman, whose staff compiled that grim tally, can recall a time when Republicans voted for bills to protect the environment…

The Senate and the White House may be able to stop the worst legislation. But the Republicans’ assault is relentless, and in the bargaining over spending bills there is always a danger that a few bad bills may make it through.