HR861 – Terminate the EPA

On February 3rd, Rep. Matthew Gaetz (R-FL) introduced a bill to terminate the EPA. In case you are not much on the acronym game, that’s the Environmental Protection Agency; and it’s kind of important. While the text of the bill is currently not available due to it just being introduced, I can assure you whatever it says is not going to be good.

In 1970, after mounting pressure from the people of our country concerned with the health of our planet and the effects on our people, the EPA was founded. A lot of it began with the photo below. That image is called “Earthrise”. It’s the first image of Earth taken from the moon, and it inspired an entire country and planet to stand up and say nearly unanimously that we care about our planet. We briefly realized that that little blue and white ball is all we have. Everything in our history took place there. We started to wonder about the impact of our own progress on our planet and our lives. We started to be concerned with the safety of the air we breath, and the water we drink. The citizens of the United States stood up and said we need to take care of our home. We can no longer pollute and destroy everything around us in the name of progress.

We understood it would sometimes cost a little extra But the long term benefits far outweighed the additional cost because without a planet, we don’t have anything else. The introduction of the bill in the US House to undo the EPA and everything is has accomplished and stood for is absolutely unacceptable. We cannot stand idly by why the politicians in office put their monetary interests ahead of the safety and wellbeing of humanity.

Here is a very short list of some of the things the EPA handles and protects:

  • Clean Air Act – 1963 ( a short time before the EPA, but a huge first step)
  • Safe Drinking Water Act – 1974
  • Clean Water Act – 1977
  • Wilderness Act – 1978
  • Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act – 1977
  • Endangered Species Act – 1973
  • Energy Star ( you know, the program saving you money on appliance usage)
  • Fuel Economy (saving you money on fuel costs and decreasing our dependence of foreign oil)
  • Food Quality Protection Act

The above items are really a fraction of the things that the EPA helps protect for us. We cannot let the EPA be dissolved in the interest of big oil. Also on the 3rd of February, Rep. Sensenbrenner voted to eliminate a requirement that mining companies (which the oil industry technically is) has to report when it contributes money to the government. What are the republicans trying to hide?

When I’m elected, you can be 100% sure that I will stand with the EPA if it still exists. If it doesn’t I will work with anyone willing to be sure we reinstate or replace the EPA if needed. We need someone watching out for us. Someone needs to be sure that our children are safe.

If you want to help, make sure you tell your friends who I am. Tell them that I stand for our planet and want to ensure we have somewhere to call home. Make a $3 donation to the campaign to help me spread the word. I am going to need your help to make my campaign successful. It’s time we had someone in office that really understands the average Americans needs and is willing to stand up for you.

Thank you,
Shawn

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