Environment

Will They Be Heard?

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorMar 28, 2011 6:37 PM

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Two former EPA administrators (under Republican Administrations) take a trip down memory lane:

The air across our country is appreciably cleaner and healthier as a result of EPA regulation of trucks, buses, automobiles and large industrial sources of air pollution. There are three times the number of cars on the roads today as in 1970, yet they put out a small fraction of the pollution. Likewise, American waterways have shown marked improvement. Lakes and rivers across the nation have shifted from being public health threats to being sources of drinking water as well as places for fishing and other forms of recreation. Lake Erie was declared dead in 1970 but today supports a multimillion-dollar fishery. Amid the virulent attacks on the EPA driven by concern about overregulation, it is easy to forget how far we have come in the past 40 years. We should take heart from all this progress and not, as some in Congress have suggested, seek to tear down the agency that the president and Congress created to protect America's health and environment.

I wonder if Tea Party Republicans would be more receptive if this plea was penned instead by James Watt and Gale Norton.

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