Dems Block Gas Terminal– Claim Tire Dump is "Wild & Scenic" Area
House Democrats blocked natural gas terminal from a trashy Massachusetts river claiming it is a “wild and scenic” area and needs to be protected!
FOX News did a segment on this polluted river earlier:
Amazing! Democrats block a natural gas terminal from a junky river by classifying it as a “wild and scenic” area!
The Star-Tribune reported:
The House on Wednesday approved extending federal “wild and scenic” environmental protection to the lower Taunton River in Massachusetts, dealing a blow to developers who want to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on an urbanized stretch of riverbank.
The 242-175 vote (Here’s the roll call), split largely along party lines, came amid Republican complaints the bill was a backdoor way for Democrats to block a proposed LNG plant in the city of Fall River, Mass. at a time when such facilities are sorely needed. GOP lawmakers said the measure underscored how Democrats aren’t serious about tackling skyrocketing energy costs.
Bill critics also took aim at the commercialized riverbank area where developers want to build the terminal, saying it was more urban than wild and scenic. On the House floor, they displayed photos of Fall River to press their point.
“If this qualifies as a wild and scenic river … then downtown Manhattan can be a national forest,” said Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.
Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, mocked Fall River’s graffiti on bridges and elsewhere, which he blamed on gangs.
House Republicans say Democrats killed the gas plant by seeking a special designation for the river it will be built on.
More… Power Line has the cartoon to go with this bad joke.