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Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) is, as always, relentless, regardless of the facts.

@RepHartzler Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Pres. Obama held a pep rally at the EPA yesterday so he could say “Thank you” for their good work. Talk about our of touch! 11 Jan

“…Talk about our [sic] of touch!”

It’s called projection.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): playing disingenuous games with dust while Rome burns… (December 8, 2011)

Bill to ban phantom EPA dust rule approved by House panel

By David A. Fahrenthold and Juliet Eilperin, Published: November 2 | Updated: Thursday, November 3, 12:45 PM

Earlier this year, Republicans found what they saw as an ideal talking point to illustrate a federal bureaucracy gone batty.

The Environmental Protection Agency, they warned, was trying to regulate something only God could control: the dust in the wind….

….There was just one flaw in this argument: It was not true.

The EPA’s new dust rule did not exist. It never did….

[emphasis added]

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 2 (August 12, 2011)

Representative Hartzler: ….Uh, EPA is out of control. They’re, they’re trying to regulate our greenhouse gasses, uh, I live out in the country on a gravel road, uh, always have, I, we farm and they’re trying to regulate dust as if it’s a hazardous waste. I mean, like, you can’t do that. Uh, if you go down a gravel road you’re gonna have dust. So that’s hurting jobs….

Yep, relentless, regardless of the facts.

Meanwhile, what does the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] do?:

Our Mission and What We Do

Our Mission

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.

EPA’s purpose is to ensure that:

 *  all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work;

 *  national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information;

 *  federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;

 *  environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;

 * all parts of society — communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments — have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;

 *  environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; and

 *  the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

To accomplish this mission, we:

Develop and Enforce Regulations

When Congress writes an environmental law, we implement it by writing regulations. Often, we set national standards that states and tribes enforce through their own regulations. If they fail to meet the national standards, we can help them. We also enforce our regulations, and help companies understand the requirements.

Uh, that’s why the President of the United States tells them “thank you” for their good work.

That’s a good thing, unless, of course, you don’t like clean air, water, and land.