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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

Feb 20, 2018 bonnie reeves
Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 17, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Feb 17, 2018 David Young
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Feb 13, 2018 Karen Carson
Feb 12, 2018 b Winkler
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Feb 8, 2018 stephanie rohmer
Feb 8, 2018 Angela Kohn
Feb 8, 2018 Ljiljana Milic
Feb 8, 2018 Skylar Storm
Feb 8, 2018 paulo reeson
Feb 7, 2018 Inge Bjorkman
Feb 7, 2018 mike robertson
Feb 7, 2018 Animae Chi
Feb 5, 2018 Jane Davidson
Feb 4, 2018 mary checketts what is the matter with our government are you DELIBERATLY trying to kill off humans really aare our government officials that scared of trump that you wont fight for our God given RIGHTS our air water and earth is our gift of life not for man to destroy
Feb 1, 2018 Rhoda Slanger
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Jan 28, 2018 Glenn Odagawa
Jan 26, 2018 Susan Wilson
Jan 23, 2018 Anne-Marie Sancho
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 13, 2018 Al Moorhouse
Jan 11, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jan 8, 2018 Joy Smiley
Jan 6, 2018 Regina Powell
Jan 4, 2018 Martha Jaegers
Jan 2, 2018 Jo Ardell
Jan 1, 2018 Diana Talbott
Dec 30, 2017 doris gonen
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Dec 27, 2017 Suzanne Ursula Lebon STOP KILLNG OUR PLANET!
Dec 21, 2017 Odette Alexandrian
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
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Dec 13, 2017 Alice Calkins
Dec 12, 2017 Sieglinda Preez
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 4, 2017 Janice Banks
Dec 1, 2017 Debbie Davis CMKBD CAPS
Nov 29, 2017 Brenda Webster
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