Republicans are running a shell game based on numerous lies:
— Even though dust related to industrial agriculture can be toxic and dangerous, conservatives like Newt Gingrich mock the threat.
— Even though the Environmental Protection Agency isn’t planning any new regulations, Republicans claim the EPA is trying to issue a new rule.
— Using “farm dust” as cover, Republicans write legislative language to exempt toxic pollution from mining and other industrial activities.
The “farm dust” scam is pernicious and deadly. But it’s a polluter lobbyist’s dream.
Timothy Noah calls out the New York Times Magazine for saying dust regulation is “minutiae”: “Not to nitpick here, but farm-dust regulation isn’t ‘entrepreneurial minutiae.’ It’s political bullshit. There is no pending farm-dust regulation.”