According to Howstuffworks.com, since 1990 over 129 million hectares of forest have been destroyed and to put this in perspective it’s about the size of South Africa. Air pollution is problem as well, more than 32 billion tons of co2 are released into the air every year. Don’t panic in all the darkness the is a bright light of hope: the EPA.
The Environmental Protection Agency is fighting for our environment. On the EPA website it says ‘’The Mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment’’. At EPA.gov they have listed the agency’s purpose:
“All Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work.”
“Environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy.”
“The United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.”
To accomplish this mission they have to research, set standards, monitor, enforce activities to ensure the protection of our environment. The EPA also holds other corporations and countries responsible for their pollution.
According to epa.gov they give out a lot of grants. “Nearly half of our budget goes into grants to state environmental programs, non-profits, educational institutions, and others. They use the money for a wide variety of projects, from scientific studies that help us make decisions to community cleanups. Overall, grants help us achieve our overall mission: protect human health and the environment.”
The EPA sets national regulations and standards. However, sometimes even the EPA does not meet their own expectations. Robert Browning said, “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”
However, the EPA has a few dirty secrets. In the Article “The EPA: The Worst Of Many Rogue Federal Agencies” Mark Hendrickson lists of many of the EPA’s shady actions. “So bad did things get during Browner’s tenure that in 1996, a 27-year veteran microbiologist at the agency went public with his concerns about the lowering of scientific standards under Browner, alleging, for example, that the science EPA used in wastewater toxicity tests was unreliable, and that EPA had become more interested in issuing regulations than in practicing sound science. Similarly, during the summer of 1998, a dozen career employees at EPA went public about the agency’s “egregious misconduct.” These whistleblowers charged that people who work at EPA “are harassed, even fired, for protesting illegal or irresponsible behavior by managers who jeopardize the proper enforcement of the law.”
Barack Obama’s recently departed EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, also distinguished herself by placing political agendas over sound science (and also, like Browner, breaking the laws governing the computer records of public officials—in her case, by trying to hide what she was doing through use of a bogus email identity).
Jackson showed her disregard for scientific rigor by seeking to replace actual samples of air quality with computer estimations of air pollution. Considering the agency’s considerable power to act as judge and jury and bring businesses to their knees, it hardly seems like justice to empower the EPA to enter whatever data it chooses into a computer program and essentially produce evidence based on its own assumptions’’. At the end of his article, he said “There is much more to tell about the EPA’s troublesome history, but this is enough depressing information for one article”. Is the short term loss worth the long term goal?