Saturday, December 2, 2017

New Tax Bill Bad for the Environment

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As reported in many places, the new tax bill has all kinds of bad things in it for higher education (including increasing taxes on graduate students 400%), but it also opens up drilling on the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.

The weird thing about this one is that this was put in the bill specifically to get the vote of Senator Murkowski of Alaska. It was essentially the only way that they could get her vote on the tax bill.

In other news, the EPA just reversed policy and is now allowing hard rock miners (those that mine for things like gold, silver, copper, etc.) to essentially walk away from their mines without environmental remediation.

It was not a good week for the environment or the long-term public health of the nation.

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