Stop Downsizing the EPA as Environmental Disasters Loom

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Stop government buyouts and lift the hiring freeze at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

One of President Trump’s major blunders during the first six months of his administration has been his decision to drastically cut the EPA through government buyouts and a catastrophic hiring freeze. As a result, the EPA now has fewer staff than it did under Ronald Reagan, with more staff reductions planned in the near future. With thousands of Americans threatened due to major hurricanes in the Atlantic, these efforts are misguided and may have deadly results.

The EPA’s necessary role in responding to major disasters was made obvious during the recent flooding caused in parts of Texas due to Hurricane Harvey. As a result of cutbacks to the agency and major administrative positions left unfilled, the response to assessing and cleaning up inundated Superfund sites has been delayed, potentially exposing thousands of Texans to dangerous chemicals.

This situation will likely only worsen with further buyouts and a continued hiring freeze. If you believe that environmental protections are necessary to safeguard American citizens, sign this petition demanding that Trump lift the hiring freeze and stop downsizing this vital government agency.


Dear President Trump,

The efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency are a necessary part of the U.S. government’s basic responsibility to protect the security of its citizens. No matter how fervently your administration has tried to obstruct scientific data and research on climate change, the fundamental facts cannot be ignored. We are now living in an era where the impact of climate change is being felt and will jeopardize the lives of ordinary Americans unless more is done to counter these effects and support important programs like Superfund cleanup efforts.

The effects of Hurricane Harvey in Texas should remind us all of the necessity of having a strong and well-staffed EPA. We, the undersigned, urge that you take these threats seriously and stop gutting the EPA, with an important first step being to lift the disastrous hiring freeze.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop climate problems!

  2. Climate change is a reality, and that reality wont change whether you believe it or not.

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