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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

Sep 20, 2017 Trish Hosler
Sep 19, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Sep 18, 2017 David Frank
Sep 18, 2017 Kelly Ogden-Schuette
Sep 18, 2017 Kim Hanke
Sep 18, 2017 JOANN SERENA-WAYMAN The EPA is a needed agency to protect our land, water and air. Continue to fund to keep the citizens and earth safe!
Sep 18, 2017 Lisa MacAllister
Sep 18, 2017 glenda mauk
Sep 18, 2017 Mary McGeary
Sep 16, 2017 Lola Schiefelbein
Sep 14, 2017 Daniel Weinberger
Sep 13, 2017 Janice McGivney Keiser
Sep 12, 2017 Sally Wise
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 8, 2017 Inês Correia
Sep 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 7, 2017 Lyn Schultz
Sep 6, 2017 Diane Miller what else is Mr Trump going to kill?
Sep 6, 2017 Margaret Jensen
Sep 3, 2017 Rebecca Jensen
Sep 1, 2017 Kathy Mason
Aug 31, 2017 Gillian Shults
Aug 31, 2017 Victoria Desmond
Aug 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2017 Blaze Bhence
Aug 29, 2017 Debbie Jensen
Aug 29, 2017 Alyssa Oggiono
Aug 27, 2017 Lara Hembom
Aug 24, 2017 Lynn Miller
Aug 23, 2017 Cara Gregory
Aug 23, 2017 Becky Anderson
Aug 22, 2017 Elizabeth Pritchard
Aug 22, 2017 Judith Mayhew
Aug 21, 2017 Judith Gray Leave our planet alone, leave the EPA intact.
Aug 20, 2017 Melissa Bird
Aug 20, 2017 Carmen Celea
Aug 20, 2017 ch Fontijn
Aug 19, 2017 Andres Montoya
Aug 18, 2017 silke kleinhenz
Aug 18, 2017 kaye abramson
Aug 16, 2017 Ann Waldrop
Aug 15, 2017 Cathy Janacua
Aug 15, 2017 Quentin Fischer
Aug 15, 2017 Martha Kubik
Aug 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2017 Perri Sussman
Aug 13, 2017 c. martinez
Aug 13, 2017 Hinda Joy Laury
Aug 12, 2017 judy hayne
Aug 12, 2017 Jieun Bak

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