Think Progress points out that the average temperature for this time of year in Mangum, OK, is in the mid-fifties. This month, the city saw temperatures of almost one hundred degrees. Climate change as a result of global warming, is real. Being more aware of how we use Earth’s resources, isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.
Someone needs to inform Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) that the decision as to whether or not the federal government supports the Environmental Protection Agency and regulates matters that adversely impact our environment, isn’t the real decision. The real decision boils down to how much funding the EPA will receive and how government will protect American’s use of the Earth and its resources.
Gaetz obviously doesn’t care. On February third, Gaetz introduced legislation to Congress that, if passed, will have a deadly impact on the environment. Per CNBC, the thoughtless bill simply reads:
‘The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.’
No justification for its submission, no data/facts to support the legislation, nothing. The EPA will cease to exist come 31 December 2018.
A spokesperson for Gaetz wasn’t available to comment, but Gaetz has previously gone on the record as saying:
‘The EPA has been doing some drastic things. They have exceeded their original mission substantially under both Republican and Democratic presidents and violated the sovereignty of the states. I think we need to start fresh.’
With no statement from Gaetz, it’s unclear how he thinks dissolving the EPA will somehow fix whatever issues he feels exist within the Agency. However, upon release of his legislation’s wording, people took to Twitter with some very strong reactions:
— Nina Suetake (@MonkeySmash) February 15, 2017
— Juan Cárter of Mars (@Hozay__) February 15, 2017
— Thomas (@tehabe) February 15, 2017
@mattgaetz Terminate EPA? I want to know why, really – honestly, why?
— Travis Axe (@travaxle) February 15, 2017
Since Donald Trump hasn’t given the impression that he cares about the Earth, Gaetz’s bill begs the question: Is this how we make America great again? Opponents of former President Barack Obama were ignorantly concerned about him taking away their guns. Newsflash, Trump supporters: He is about to take away your entire Earth.
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