While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been in the news a lot lately, not many Americans realize what the EPA actually does and why keeping this agency intact is so important. In an era of political instability with Trump at the helm, it’s more important now than ever to protect agencies that are charged with protecting us.
At present, the future of the EPA is incredibly uncertain. Trump has plans to slash the EPA’s budget. EPA Chief Scott Pruitt wants to roll back regulations and has a history of working with the fossil fuel industry. And a bill has even been proposed to shutdown the EPA all together by 2018.
Luckily, the average American, doesn’t feel the same way. A recent poll revealed that over 60% of Americans want the EPA to be preserved or strengthened. Both Democrats and Republicans came to this consensus because the EPA has always been supported by both parties. In fact, when it was formed in 1970 under Republican President Nixon, it received support from both sides. Everyone agreed that the cause of the EPA went well beyond party loyalty.