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Oppose budget cuts to the EPA

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Dear Senator Menendez,

We, the undersigned residents of the state of New Jersey, urge you to support the efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency by opposing both the president’s proposed budget cuts for the agency and the bill H.R.861 - To Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.

Given the environmental impact of daily activities such as driving and turning on lights, the endeavors of the EPA to reduce human damage to the environment are absolutely crucial. From performing research to find ways to reduce climate change, to offering grants that help states enforce basic standards of water quality, to enforcing regulations that keep air pollution at a reasonable level, the EPA is critical to the fight to keep our planet habitable.

As we saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, protecting the environment is not only about animals, plants, and oceans; when the environment suffers, human beings suffer. Climate change can lead to flooding of coastal areas in New Jersey and elsewhere, as well as increased illness and death related to high temperatures. Additionally, because the EPA lacks the funding necessary to take sufficient action, low regulation of water quality has led tap water in areas across the US, including in Newark, to be unsafe. Across the country, millions of lead pipes are still used to transport water. Because of this and much more, the EPA is crucial to the wellbeing of people in New Jersey, in America, and across the world.

The protection of the resources necessary for human survival and health is the only way to ensure that society has what it needs to continue existing as we know it. We hope that you will consider the EPA to be a high priority and vote against the proposed budget cuts to and dismantling of the EPA. We appreciate your support of the efforts of the EPA to regulate carbon emissions in the past and your efforts to protect the environment, and we hope you will continue working towards this goal.


The Undersigned Residents of the State of New Jersey

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