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House Republicans introduce bill to “terminate the Environmental Protection Agency” (EPA) AP Photo/Martin Meissner
Steam and smoke is seen over the coal burning power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009. Coal power plants are among the biggest producer of CO2, that is supposed to be responsible for climate change. Delegates from 193 nations at a U.N. climate talks conference in Copenhagen are deadlocked in talks on a deal to curb global warming.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Last Friday, February 3rd, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R, FL-01) introduced a bill in the House of Representatives. The bill is transparently called H.R. 861 – “To Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency” (EPA). Here is the link to the bill.

The Environmental Protection Agency had a 2016 annual budget of $8.139 billion and a staff of 15,376; without clarification (it’s so new that the full body of the bill isn’t available yet), this bill seems that it would eliminate all of it.

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It has three co-sponsors: Rep. Thomas Massie (R, KY-04); Rep. Steven Palazzo (R, MS-04); and Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R, GA-11). Once the bill leaves committee, it will be introduced to the House floor.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Patrick is a content editor for Rare.
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