EPA: conservation catastrophe

The Republicans are at war and they’re attacking America on every possible front. The new target of this conservative blitzkrieg is the Environmental Protection Agency. As always they lie about their motives and mislead their ignorant constituency into believing conspiracies. Apparently, according to the Republicans, the EPA is an agency that regularly breaks the law, pretends to be above the law and does not serve the people. But is that true?


The Republicans are at war and they’re attacking America on every possible front. The new target of this conservative blitzkrieg is the Environmental Protection Agency. As always they lie about their motives and mislead their ignorant constituency into believing conspiracies. Apparently, according to the Republicans, the EPA is an agency that regularly breaks the law, pretends to be above the law and does not serve the people. But is that true?

To make the claim that the Environmental Protection Agency does not serve the people of the United States is plain ignorance. The whole purpose of the Agency’s existence is to protect the health and wellbeing of the people as well as their investment in the environment. This is not some radical, hippie organization that beats up on corporations to save whales; it’s not that at all.

One of the primary reasons the EPA exists is to protect the environment for our investment in it. This in other words, is to protect business. If you have a lake, like Lake Erie for example, that regularly catches on fire; you’ve destroyed several industries. Boating, fishing, swimming, tourism and all the businesses involved with those industries are gravely affected by a trashed environment. The EPA protects the state of the environment for the people, but also for the businesses that might otherwise be gravely affected and ignored.

Republicans apparently don’t care about these industries, which is easy to understand because those are not the industries republicans care about. In this country corporations still rule with an iron fist and buy their politicians, usually republicans, to do their bidding. The reason corporations hate the EPA is because they actually do their jobs, are not corruptible and hold corporate America’s feet to the fire. But does that make the EPA above the law?

If the EPA did not enforce government pollution standards and other environmental standards, who would? The EPA is not above the law, but instead works with the law. They do not arrest violators; they simply sue them in a court of law. What part of that is above the law?

Without the hard work and heroic efforts of those who work at the EPA, our environment would not be a very welcoming place. It’s sad to think that conservatives would want to do away with one of the only institutions that have actually practiced conservation. The EPA, which was created by a republican, serves the people and protects the people. Today’s republicans do not. We are the casualties of the Republican war on America.