Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency is in Significant Danger from Trump and the Republicans

Martin County coal slurry spill (video)
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

For quite a while, Republicans have also talked about dismantling the EPA.

On January 30, President Trump signed an executive order requiring agencies to eliminate two regulations for every one they propose. His goal is to “boost the economy by slashing federal rules for businesses, particularly environmental restrictions.”

On January 31, Republican Representative Matt Gaetz put into place a bill to “completely abolish” the EPA, and is looking for other republicans to co-sponsor his bill.

Apparently, the president has different plans: “The Trump administration is considering closing down the enforcement division of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report from Inside EPA.”

Moreover, the EPA froze its grant programs and issued a gag order instructing its workers not to communicate on official social media accounts or with reporters.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said, in effect, federal agencies have too much unfettered power, according to the Huffington Post.

Clearly the writing is on the wall: unless we act to prevent it, one way or another President Trump and the Republicans will dismantle the EPA.

Why We Need the EPA
Let’s not forget what America looked like before we had the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Our rivers caught on fire, our air was full of smog, and it stank (literally).