Should we do away with the Environmental Protection Agency?

• The EPA has helped mitigate environmental catastrophes like acid rain, leaded gasoline and DDT. Consequently, its success has caused us to collectively disremember the contaminated environment of the 1960s when almost everyone recognized the need for an environmental regulator, and support for creating the EPA and our major environmental statutes were voted in virtually unanimously.
• The EPA is the only body that stands between corporate greed and environmental degradation, which disproportionately affects the disenfranchised and poor, but ultimately produces grave consequences for the whole of humanity.
• The EPA is expensive, but as Richard Nixon -- a staunch conservative -- commented, “We still think of air as free. But clean air is not free, and neither is clean water...Through our years of past carelessness we incurred a debt to nature, and now that debt is being called”.
• When the EPA was initially created, states and local communities did not have the technology or expertise to protect the environment. This is not the case anymore, and states should be the sole arbiter of environmental regulations that pertain to them since they know their environmental concerns best.
• The EPA has become part of the oppressive regulatory apparatus “promulgated by unelected bureaucrats” under the Obama administration that exercises executive power in an unconstitutional way.
• The bill will not impact the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which monitors rising sea levels attributed to climate change.