In the first presidential debate for the 2012 primary election season, CNN hosted 7 candidates in New Hampshire.
One comment made by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) was that we need to get rid of the “job-killing” Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Unless you replace it with something comparable or better, this is a terrible idea. The EPA is responsible for clean air, water, and natural resources in the U.S.
What would happen without the EPA? Here’s a sneak peak:
- Because companies wouldn’t have environmental standards, they wouldn’t have to worry about cleaning up toxic waste, spending money on clean coal, or protecting wildlife.
- Acid rain would ruin crops, forests, etc…
- Rivers, lakes, and streams would be contaminated. In many cases, our drinking water would be too.
Not to mention the fact that the EPA actually creates jobs. If the EPA goes away, people will lose jobs.
What do you think about Bachmann’s statement? Should we get rid of the EPA?
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