My friend Dennis and I started this today – from conversation to idea to website in about 12 hours.
It will have a portal to the last pre-Trump version of the EPA.gov website.
MUCH more to come. Stay tuned. Spread the word.
“We understand that the Environmental Protection Agency is more than a website. However, until our government regains its sense of full and robust responsibility as co-caretaker and co-protector of the land, water, air, and health of human and non-human creatures of this part of North America that we call the United States of America, now and for future generations, we will act as a clearing house and resource center for all things that are not but should be on the EPA website since January 20, 2017.”
“Why do we need the EPA? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970 to protect the air, water and land of the United States, as mandated in the Clear Air Act (1963), the Clean Water Act (1977), the Wilderness Act (1964), and the Endangered Species Act (1973), and many other previous and subsequent laws passed by representatives of the citizens of the United States. These laws were not created and passed in a fit of ecological idealism. They were a response to serious and widespread industrial pollution, severe enough, for example, that it had caused the Cuyahoga River to catch fire twice (in 1952 and 1969) as it passed, laden with flammable effluents, through the city of Cleveland, Ohio.
Photo: Business as usual in the 1950s. Cuyahoga River (Ohio) on fire with flammable industrial pollutants.
Environmental protection has alway been a contentious issue in the United States because the creators of pollution don’t want to spend the money it would take to clean it up, or to keep it from happening in the first place. Behind the rhetoric of “getting government regulators off our backs” there are often industrial polluters who want to dump their toxic wastes in the nearest river, even if that means that the people downstream will get sick.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been our first line of defense against these industrial freeloaders (they get the profits now, we pay the costs later) for more than forty years. But with the advent of the Trump Administration, people with close ties to the polluting industries are taking over the EPA and intend to limit its watchdog role. We are convince that can only happen if the public is silent on issues of environmental protection. That is why the Circle of Conveners has started the Citizen EPA (Environmental Protection Alliance).
Participants in the Citizen EPA are bound together by a shared reverence for life, rather than by formal membership ties.”