Friday, May 13, 2016

Olson Thanks Koch for Advice and Support on Smoggy Skies Bill


[Of course, this is a spoof, but…]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) publicly thanked Koch Industries for its advice and generous financial support as the House Energy and Power subcommittee acted to move his bill H.R. 4775, The Smoggy Skies Act, to the next step in the legislative process.

The bill would permanently undermine the Clean Air Act as a public health law in the interest of saving money for the financially strapped oil industry and other corporate contributors.

Among many other things, the bill would demand that the federal government lie to the public about when dirty air is dangerous.  It would reverse a landmark Supreme Court decision. And it would legalize dirty-air days when the air is “stagnant.”

“My lobbyist friends were VERY clever in writing this up,” Olson observed. “Particular thanks go to my benefactors at Koch Industries and their guiding lobbyists. Koch has not only given me a generous stipend of $5,000 so far this election cycle, it has sprinkled an additional $79,500 this cycle among other Republican members of the subcommittee who voted for this legislation. I assure those few colleagues of mine left out that you will be taken care of.”

The bill was marked up in the Energy and Power subcommittee May 12. The next step is full House Energy and Commerce Committee action.

“I am proud of my leadership in moving this bill forward and getting it to the floor for a vote,” said Olson. “I believe in earning my keep.”

“I would also like to thank the esteemed members of the press either for ignoring this issue entirely — or falling hook, line and sinker for our laughable spin that this bill simply delays cleanup a bit.  Fortunately, neither lawmakers nor reporters read the fine print very often.”

*Olson is Vice Chair of the Energy and Power subcommittee and oversaw the mark up of H.R. 4775  and some other legislation the nuclear folks paid for.


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