Well, the government isn’t being shut down, and the castrate-the-EPA riders have been stripped from the budget bill. For now, at least, the world is safe for those brutes at the EPA to keep oppressing helpless rich, powerful industry giants who only want to kill the planet a little.

Don’t get too comfortable, though; this isn’t the GOP’s last shot to take down the EPA and their fiendish plot to make Earth die slower. “We will keep coming at it … There are lots of different ways to skin a cat,” said Republican senator John Thune. We’d use a different word, like “suffocate” or “drown” or “starve” or “choke on noxious gas,” but that’s semantics — the GOP’s cat-killing agenda is clear.

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