By Levi Franson
The government agency that (apparently) is not needed anymore.
1. Founded by Nixon, a Republican, in 1970, the EPA employs 15,376 full-time workers. The EPA’s mission and purpose is to research environmental issues and enforce guidelines to protect the wellbeing of our planet in addition to our own safety.
2. Thanks to the EPA’s actions, 61,938,000,000 pounds of waste have properly been cleaned up and treated. Through this effort, in addition to their recycling program, the EPA is scrambling to keep up with the incredible amount of trash we produce. It’s thanks to the EPA that there are no Wall-E mountains of trash for us.
3. The EPA has cleaned up 174 million cubic yards of contaminated water, such as oil spills. Had the EPA not existed, how would that water have been cleaned?
4. Since the EPA amended the Clean Air Act (a regulation to limit the pollutants we put in our atmosphere) in 1970, we have seriously reduced our acid rain problem.
On a side note, in 2010 experts found that roughly 160,000 premature deaths, 130,000 heart attacks, and 86,000 hospital admissions were prevented by this act alone. Seems to me that the Clean Air Act saved the Americans quite a chunk of money and unneeded pain from losing loved ones.
5. Little did we know in the 1970s that leaded fumes from automotive exhausts cause brain damage and lifelong learning disabilities in children. Thanks to research and testing done by the EPA, Congress was able to pass regulation that requires our gas to be lead free, saving countless kids from various disorders.
6. The EPA relies on the public as they submit regulation. After they conduct research and propose ideas, they record their findings online and wait to get the public’s input. You can, and should, visit the U.S. government’s federal register and stay informed about the EPA’s day to day decisions.
Environmental care should not be a partisan issue. The EPA has no conflicts of interest, while many of our current politicians and leaders do. Our planet is far too valuable to throw away, and is extremely close to the tipping point. No one is saying that what the EPA does is always cheap or convenient. In fact, many times the changes are very demanding and costly. But can you honestly sit there and tell me that you value some monetary savings more than the health and livelihood of fellow Americans?