Target: Ms. Regina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Praise new rules protecting waterways and drinking water.
Small streams, tributaries, and wetlands will now be protected by Federal rules thanks to a great effort on the part of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers. The new rules are aimed at protecting these ecosystems for the lifeforms that inhabit them and the people whose drinking water comes from them. This is a wonderful push toward a safer and more secure future that is full of clean water and the organizations that made it happen deserve our thanks.
This clearly positive and necessary set of rules is not without its critics, however. Republicans in Congress have taken up arms against the regulations, saying that they would be a nightmare for farmers and small businesses. This is despite the fact that rules are simply trying to maintain a safe water supply for all people to drink from. Clean drinking water is not a luxury; It is a necessity for all and in dire need of protection in many places. Companies and farmers cannot be allowed to knowingly pollute waters that everyone needs just to spare themselves the process of disposing of waste properly.
Beyond all of this, the rules would not apply to every single solitary body of water. President Barack Obama said that the regulations being put into place, “…will ensure polluters who knowingly threaten our waters can be held accountable.” There is no harm in a bill that seeks to prevent the pollution of necessary waterways and any perceived harm is simply a case of misplaced priorities. Please sign here to thank the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers for drawing up these new rules and protecting everyone’s water supply.
Dear Administrator McCarthy,
I am writing to thank you, and your agency, for working in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers to draw up new rules to protect waterways and drinking water. As you well know, clean drinking water is not a luxury for us humans—it is a necessity and it cannot be allowed to be polluted so that a few businesses and corporations can make a quick profit.
There has been some negative backlash and criticism against your new rules, but I want you to know that I support you and appreciate your ability to make tough decisions. Those calling for an end to these rules seem to think that they will apply to every puddle, but they will simply stop people from knowingly polluting waters that must be protected. Anyone who criticizes this bill, which aims to cut down on pollution in water that we all drink, is either misguided or has their priorities misplaced.
Thank you once again for your fine new rules and please continue to fight for our environment in the future.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Svetlana Makarova