If you have been paying attention to the news lately, you are aware of the limitations that President Trump has put on the Environmental Protection Agency. Among the most critical is the staff reduction of about two thirds of its original size. Fewer employees means less supervision, which leads to less enforcement of crucial EPA regulations.
1) Contamination of Air and Water
The Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act are responsible for keeping the environment clean. Policies like these require a lot of enforcement and supervision in order to remain relevant. However, with the EPA’s budget cuts being slashed, there are less employees around to put them into effect.
2) Hazardous National Parks
Fossil fuels are natural fuels such as gas or coal that were formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms. These dangerous fuels are harming the air in the great national parks around the United States. The EPA cuts have greatly reduced the strength of the regulations that need to be enforced in order to keep this environment clean and protect the wildlife.
3) Pollution in Poverty
The less privileged neighborhoods around our country are also taking a hit. According to dosomething.org, pollution is one of the biggest global killers, affecting over 100 million people. That’s comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV. The EPA’s reduced funds will result in less funding for cleanup projects from the EPA. This will increase pollution and weaken public health.