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The Trump administration is ready to follow through with its plan to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, but they seem to have completely forgotten how bad our country was before the EPA was started in the 70's.

Smog obscured city skylines, beaches were closed off to the public due to horribly unclean water, and factories pumped pollution into the air with no repercussion whatsoever. [1]

But now Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has introduced bill H.R. 861 which simply states "This bill terminates the Environmental Protection Agency on December 31, 2018." [2]

The bill says literally nothing else. It is one sentence in its entirety. There is no mention of what would happen to the 15,000 engineers, scientists, and researchers whose jobs would be lost, and nothing about what this would mean legally for the U.S.'s current alignment in the Paris Agreement. [3] What's even more disconcerting is that this bill isn't some outlier in current conservative policy. Republicans across the board have taken aim at the EPA, with President Donald Trump leading the charge to dismantle the Agency. Trump's pick to lead the EPA, Scott Pruitt, battled against the EPA's conservationist mission for years in his former role as the Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma.

If the EPA is abolished entirely, here are just a handful of things the American people would lose: knowledge of chemical spill areas and their cleanup [4], community based childhood asthma programs, indoor air quality tools for schools, pollution prevention, and clean water. [5]

These are just a tiny fraction of the things the EPA does to help keep American citizens safe and healthy from hazardous environmental issues. It is not simply an agency dedicated to stopping climate change, it was put in place to keep us all safe and make our country a better place to live.

If this agency is abolished, there will be serious repercussions for future Americans and President Trump doesn't seem to care in the slightest.

Sign to show your support for a strong EPA so our neighborhoods, country, and our world stay safe from human harm.

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Dear Congressman Matt Gaetz,

Abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency is a massive mistake, and your citizens will pay for it dearly.

If you would put the American people before your anti-climate change agendas, you would maybe see how much of a benefit this agency has been to us for the last 47 years.

We don't want to be smothered by energy industry pollution again, we want to keep our clean water, we want the air in our children's schools to continue being safe, we want to keep localized programs that benefit our health, and we want our world to be livable for our children.

Not only would you be abolishing programs and protections that we all rely on, but you would be killing thousands of jobs in the process, even though you said you wanted to create more jobs.

The abolishing of the EPA will hurt your country so much more than you realize. Open your ears to the people around you and make a decision that helps your citizens, not hurts them.


Petition Signatures

Apr 20, 2018 Lisbeth Donahoe
Apr 15, 2018 LUCY JENSON
Apr 15, 2018 Audrey Glenski
Apr 14, 2018 Suzanne Levi
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
Apr 10, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 9, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 8, 2018 Lois Coffey
Apr 5, 2018 Casey Jo Remy
Apr 5, 2018 Mariah Oyondi
Apr 5, 2018 Mary Cook
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 Kate Anderson
Apr 5, 2018 Beau Ryba
Apr 5, 2018 Siegrid Berman
Apr 5, 2018 Richard Rheder
Apr 5, 2018 laura Haworth
Apr 2, 2018 Norma Morgan
Apr 1, 2018 Maria Riojas
Mar 31, 2018 Alyssa Oggiono
Mar 30, 2018 Carolyn Smith
Mar 30, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 29, 2018 cathy king
Mar 29, 2018 Patricia Churchman
Mar 28, 2018 Janet Magdaleno
Mar 27, 2018 Jill King
Mar 27, 2018 Angelita Ritz
Mar 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2018 Patty Langford
Mar 26, 2018 Peggy Mahle
Mar 26, 2018 Arthur Seligman
Mar 26, 2018 Lens Lucas
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Mar 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2018 Carmen blakely
Mar 25, 2018 Keith Cliver Trump & his cronies & idiotic policies MUST be stopped before he destroys America!
Mar 25, 2018 Jan Clare
Mar 25, 2018 Janis Ciofalo
Mar 25, 2018 Kathryn Summerfield
Mar 24, 2018 Connell Walker, Ph.D. "Never, never, never give up." ( Winston Churchil) Let'sl keep demanding the EPA live up to its name not down to its alleged corruption.
Mar 24, 2018 Kate Ravenstein
Mar 23, 2018 Helgaleena Healingline
Mar 22, 2018 Peggy Foley
Mar 19, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
Mar 19, 2018 Sophie Miranda
Mar 19, 2018 Brenda Choi
Mar 19, 2018 MARIA VENIDIS
Mar 18, 2018 Yvonne Tota

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