Target: Steven Palazzo, United States Congressman
Goal: Do not eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA could be abolished by the end of 2018 due to a new bill sponsored by several Republican Congressmen. The federal bureau that has served as a watchdog for the environment in the United States would then cease to exist, and states would be left to decide for themselves how to regulate and monitor pollution.
The proposed elimination of the EPA comes on the heels of President Trump’s signed executive order requiring agencies to cut off two regulations for every one passed. Yet, by removing all of the associated regulations currently in place through the EPA, there would likely be catastrophic impacts on both the environment and public health. The United States could be set back nearly 40 years in terms of progress made to improve air and water quality, and to push toward clean, renewable energy sources.
The cosponsors argue that the nation cannot cope with the costs of compliance, and that the EPA contributes to unemployment in the US. This is an unfounded statement, and the United States has enjoyed historically low unemployment levels while the agency has been in place. They also argue that states could pick up the slack in terms of regulation and enforcement, but it is highly unlikely that they could do so in the short period of time before the proposed elimination of the bureau. Even then, environmental law experts have raised concerns that the absence of an EPA would lead to a “race to the bottom” as states push to deregulate in order to court corporate interests.
States cannot and should not be expected to put in place their own regulations regarding pollution. Let’s keep America from falling behind the rest of the developed world in terms of clean energy and curtailing pollution. Sign below to demand the preservation of this crucial agency.
Dear Congressman Palazzo,
You have signed your name as cosponsor to a bill which would eliminate the EPA by the end of 2018. Under the current political atmosphere, mass cuts to spending on environmental and climate change efforts have already been proposed. To end all EPA regulations would be a grave mistake for the future of our country and the planet as a whole. We cannot expect that states would be able to have in place the resources needed to enforce environmental regulations in under two years.
The time has come to face facts. Even during the Nixon administration, when the EPA was formed, scientists knew what was in store should pollution remain unchecked. The threats of climate change and rising sea levels are now here and present. The only ones who stand to benefit from the elimination of the EPA would be the polluters — the fossil fuel industry and others. The rest of us will have to contend with the destruction of our beautiful nation, and the negative health consequences from polluted skies and streams.
You have the power to remove your sponsorship from this disastrous bill. If you have any concern for the health our our environment, or that of your constituents, I urge you to stand against the dismantling of this agency.
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