These public statements by politicians (Republicans, all of them) will either make you laugh or weep, or maybe hurl.
Reintroducing wolves would solve the “homeless problem”
In a recent rant against the Endangered Species Act and the protection of wolves, Rep. Don Young (Republican, Alaska) “mocked” 78 members of Congress who asked the Secretary of the Interior to protect gray wolves. Young — who has long fought protections for land and wildlife — claimed that their districts would benefit from releasing wolves in urban areas because “you wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.”
State control of national forests would mean fewer terrorists
Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory (Republican) said he was told by a terrorism expert that forests are now a terrorist target and argued that the fire risk would be reduced if they were managed by the states instead of the federal government.
Environmental protections enable “drug cartels and human smugglers”
Sen. John McCain (Republican, Arizona) stated that “For decades, drug cartels and human smugglers have exploited U.S. land management laws by crossing our borders illegally and harming Arizona’s national parks and protected areas.”
Drinking water protections will regulate “your grandmother’s bird bath”
Senator Pat Toomey (Republican, Pennsylvania) said that “the EPA’s new [clean water rules means] that a puddle from your garden hose will ultimately end up in a navigable waterway, so the agency should have dominion over that water too.” The Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity even went as far as asking, “will the EPA soon seek to regulate puddles on your property, baby pools, standing water in the local Wal-Mart parking lot, or your grandmother’s bird bath?”
Obama will “negotiate with Iran,” but not on Alaska oil drilling
Angered by the Obama administration’s work to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Republican, Alaska) said that administration “is willing to negotiate with Iran, but they won’t negotiate with Alaska.”
Obama is an “imperialist” or a monarch for conserving public lands
In response to the announcement that President Obama was planning to protect one of Colorado’s most popular rivers, Rep. Ken Buck (Republican, Colorado) said of the President: “He is not king. No more acting like King Barack. That is not how we do things in the U.S.” Rep. Doc Hastings (Republican, Washington), a former member of the House, called Obama an “imperial president” for expanding a national monument that protects critical areas of the Pacific Ocean.