We should all stand up and cheer that the Environmental Protection Agency is on our side. Some say the modern environmental movement began here in Pennsylvania, with the 1962 publication of “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson, of Springdale.
The EPA was signed into law eight years later by Republican President Richard Nixon.
Despite huge monetary lobbying efforts by many producers of products that degrade the environment, it had overwhelming support from the people and from Congress then, and it has overwhelming support from Americans today.
But U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, and his fellow Republican members of Congress are now fighting tooth and claw to gut and cut the EPA’s ability to protect our air and water.
They talk of EPA “overreach” and “job-killing regulations.”
How can anything be more important than the air we breathe and the water we drink? We should cheer for the EPA, one of the most successful government programs ever. We should support the EPA for protecting the environment for us today and for protecting the Earth for our children, who will live in it tomorrow.
We should demand better of our leaders, and if they don’t give it to us, we should vote them out of office.