Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul went on Jon Stewart’s show armed with talking points about environmental regulations. Bad move, Rand. Watch (starting around 1:50) as Jon Stewart gets him to admit that government regulations have made a huge positive difference for the environment:

 

Treehugger’s summary gets right to the point:

Now, the most important thing to keep in mind here is how Paul keeps repeating the refrain that “things are a lot better now” for the environment than they were in the 60s and before, but he fails to acknowledge that this is almost exclusively thanks to the implementation of a series of powerful environmental laws: The Clean Water Act, the creation of the EPA, and the Clean Air Act.

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Jon Stewart Explains Why We Need Environmental Protections to Rand Paul (Video),” Treehugger