Happy 41st birthday USEPA! Since its birth in 1970, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has lived a long and healthy life… and if certain U.S. Presidential candidates and other EPA detractors get their way, that life could be over. The USEPA is on life support, which means the future extinction of clean water, clean air, safe drinking water, global climate stability, toxic cleanups, and emergency flood response, is coming, unless YOU take action now.
Born 41 years ago this week to unlikely father Richard Nixon and honorary mother Rachel Carson, the USEPA has shepherded our nation’s recovery from a toxic nightmare where rivers catch on fire and children spent summers swimming in uncontrolled raw sewage and toxic waste.
Despite the promising visions of the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, we are now losing ground and are on the brink of an atrocious environmental Armageddon. Republican presidential candidates and others in Congress are actively working to dismantle environmental protections. In fact, climate change deniers Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich vow to abolish the USEPA once they step into the Oval Office.
The truth is that through the Superfund program alone, the USEPA has created thousands of jobs in just 31 years and saved thousands of families from poisoning by industrial waste pollution. The economic and social benefits of environmental protection cannot be denied- the American public must not tolerate abuses of public power for private gains!
Furthermore, the provision providing for a pool of funds to clean up toxic sites, instituted under the ‘Polluter Pays’ fees in 1980, sunsetted back in 1995, leaving American taxpayers to pick up the tab on orphaned toxic sites. Tell Congress and big industry to reinstitute the fees that make responsible parties pay for their damage!
Who will enforce the cleanups of these languishing sites if the USEPA is abolished? These noxious sites will continue to threaten your health and destroy your clean water and air unless an agency is there to enforce the regulations that were put in place for serious reasons.
The EPA is the only agency protecting millions of American from industrial poison and certain death. One in four Americans lives within four miles of a Superfund site. Scary thought? Communities near hazardous waste sites have shown an increased risk of cancer, birth defects, cardiovascular problems, and neurotoxic disorders.
Help EPA survive their 42nd birthday! Tell your elected officials that we need a strong and well-funded EPA! Tell them our air, water, soil and quality of life depend on USEPA. Let them know that environmental protection is critical to national interest and defense and to put families health before polluters profits! Don’t let any environmental regulations or agencies be abolished!