On brilliant display we see the consequences of the repeated capitulations of Obama and his Democrats to rightist demands:

With the nation’s attention diverted by the drama over the debt ceiling, Republicans in the House of Representatives are loading up an appropriations bill with 39 ways — and counting — to significantly curtail environmental regulation.

One would prevent the Bureau of Land Management from designating new wilderness areas for preservation. Another would severely restrict the Department of Interior’s ability to police mountaintop-removal mining. And then there is the call to allow new uranium prospecting near Grand Canyon National Park.

Now that the Republicans and rightist Democrats have seen Obama capitulate and compromise away on economic issues, and take no stand in general on environmental issues, they intend to take shot after shot at the Federal government’s ability to regulate on the environment, and be active in environmental issues, its easy to believe.

Do the math: given that an absolutely asinine (inter)national imbroglio over the perfunctory raising of the debt ceiling is now going to reward the American plutocracy with a by-the-book Shock Doctrine approach to managing the American budget, how likely is it that a sustained full-scale assault on environmental regulation and Federal environmentalism will succeed?

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