Did you know that Congress is trying to limit the authority of the EPA to regulate air quality, industrial emissions, and other aspects of environmental health? Some call it an effort to cut costs - the EPA budget may be cut, as well as the scope of its authority, in this trying budget season. Others believe that it is an effort to maintain relationships with big corporations who are often responsible for the industrial pollution and who are also, by the way, big contributors to political campaigns. Arrrrgh. This is SO short-sighted. For one, the work of the EPA since its inception has resulted in cleaner air and water, and consequently a reduction in pollution-related illnesses and deaths. For two, the EPA, through its regulatory power, plays an important role in stalling - stopping - reversing the damage to the environment that, if not mitigated, seriously threatens the long-term health and well-being of the natural world, including humans.
The EPA is currently seeking support, in particular, from women, with the belief that women are more likely to be or to feel responsible for family health. I don't know if women are more or less likely to bear the bulk of this responsibility - but I do know that I would do anything to protect Michael and Julie and their loved ones.
Under Resources, there is a link on the left where you can find the names and contact numbers of elected officials. Let's use our voices.