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Donald Trump & His Clear Stance on Where the EPA is Going

Donald Trump to Clear the Air Around the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970. It was set-up under Republican President Richard Nixon with a charge to protect the nation’s air and water. Nearly 50-years later, it remains the only national agency dedicated to enforcing environmental regulations passed by congress.

The future of the EPA, under the direction of President-elect Trump, is now about to face it’s most serious battle – a fight for its own survival.

Trump’s View on the Environment and the EPA

Donald Trump has never been clearer of his environmental policy. His presidential campaign website was virtually devoid of environmental issues. When questioned on the issues of environmental policy he had the following to say:

“We’ll be fine with the environment. We can leave a little bit, but you can’t destroy businesses.” – Donald Trump

Recall that this is the same person that decried climate change as a hoax created by China so that domestic manufacturing was less competitive.

When questions point to the EPA, Trump has been even point direct. His edict is to eliminate the EPA outright. This viewpoint illustrates how little the president-elect understands about the EPA. The agency does not invent the laws that it enforces; but is rather the oversight entity that enforces the regulations that are passed by congress.

So the next time you hear Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, or Newt Gingrich complain that the EPA has too much control, just understand that it in fact has none. It’s simply the watchdog organization that ensures that our air doesn’t look like Beijing and that our water doesn’t look like Rio.

Partisan Politics Has Replaced Leadership

A significant number of Democrats have spoken out in support of clean energy and reduced carbon emissions. Their focus is to reduce greenhouse gases that lead to climate change. Unfortunately, too many years of divisive leadership in Washington have led to a party system that refuses to allow both parties to agree on any single issue. Consider this editorial opinion; but so long as Democrats believe in climate change, Republicans will not.

Further, big interest groups led by the oil, natural gas, and coal industries have a head start by several decades in spreading misinformation and propaganda. They fight evidence of climate change the way big tobacco fought evidence of cancer.

It’s been argued that the Democrats are too close with Wall Street; but just as much argument exists with Republicans and the fossil fuel industry.

What Happens if the EPA is Gone

This isn’t a real clear question to answer. Eliminating the EPA would effectively leave a massive gap in how environmental regulations are monitored. Politicians are suggesting that the states should be left to monitor regulatory compliancy on their own. Of course, this is largely where we were when the EPA was enacted.

It’s anticipated that many states would become lax on environmental oversight in an effort to attract industry. If you don’t believe it’s possible, consider the hydraulic fracturing business. Fracking is exempt from the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Superfund Act, the Resource Conservation and Recover Act, the Toxic Release Inventory under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.

With a complete absence of environmental oversight, fracking has been able to create an enormous economic boom while also legally pump hundreds of millions of gallons worth of cancerous, highly toxic fluid into fracturing wells.

What’s Next for the EPA

Oil and coal industry insider Myron Ebell has been appointed by Trump to lead the transition of the EPA. Ebell has been a long term opponent of the EPA as well as almost all other environmental agencies, so we’ll have to see what direction he intends to take the agency.