Home > go green > Happy 40th Birthday EPA

Happy 40th Birthday EPA

EPA turns 40It was 40 years ago today when the “progressive” and “liberal” US President Richard Nixon signed the legislation announcing the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Happy 40th Birthday!

Today, “conservatives” are fighting these type of regulatory agencies, including the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) because the hand of government is everywhere. As a small business owner myself, I understand government red tape and bureaucracy – and I am not a big fan of it.

However, regulation of the environment — our environment – cannot be left to individuals and corporations.

As a child, I remember many of my neighbors burning wood, brush — even tires, in their backyards.  Is it their right to do this– when I could smell it a block away?

Growing up in Central New Jersey, I remember the cross winds of Helmetta where chewing tobacco was made and Elizabeth, New Jersey, where oil and chemical refining was going on. Is it their right to burn these wastes–where I could smell it tens of miles away with a breeze blowing in the right direction?

Moving to Central Texas in my teens, I remember my father fighting successfully against a cement plant that would have dumped its carcinogenic powdery waste onto an area near school kids?  Is it their right as a corporation to pollute my neighborhood?

Growing up, I remember Love Canal, near Niagara Falls, where my parents, and many others, had celebrated their honeymoon, which had become a toxic chemical dump thanks to Hooker Chemical and others.  Is it the right of a chemical company to dump their waste into our drinking water?

In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Ohio actually caught fire due to chemical waste.  Whose right is this?

Conservative talk show hosts talk about the big hand of government oppressing its people.  Well, I appreciate the effort to help clean up these toxic wastes, so my kids — and their kids – are able to breathe cleaner.

Ricard Nixon, though not my favorite president, went out on a limb to fight for cleaner air and a cleaner environment for all of us. Not many politicians today are willing to stick their necks out for what is right.

If you have children, or would ever like to have them, how can anyone argue against that!.

May the EPA last another 40 years without much squabbling.

Here’s to a cleaner tomorrow, today.
Robert Piller, experienced in green marketing campaigns and recycled promotional products. His web site includes a comprehensive advertising specialty search, featuring over 250,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find recyclable, biodegradable, organic or recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. View the Go Green website at EcoMarketingSolutions.com and comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com.

  1. No comments yet.