Fact is, when environmental policy was implemented under land mark legislation under then President Nixon, Clean Water (CWA) and Clean Air (CAA) had immediate positive impacts just because of the clear environmental degradation. What some people want to ignore is the loss of that progress. The physical environment is more polluted today rather than less. Why is that? I will explain.
By the 1990s…about 20 years later, the Environmental Protection Agency was a political fuse ball by politicians acting as untrained scientists and paid shills of their richest donors. They acted like the ultimate clueless “father knows best” and began attacking funding or enforcement actions (for political reasons). We have lost ground. Consider that over 60% of head waters (defined as lakes and rivers) are considered polluted by predominately methyl mercury…from coal burning plants. This is no time to undermine the EPA…or enforcement actions. The sad reality is….children born now or future generations will have worse than when we started. http://legal-planet.org/2017/03/13/the-trump-administrations-false-stories-about-the-environmental-protection-agency-aim-to-aid-in-destroying-it/
I was a child in the late 1970s and felt hopeful adults would do the right thing. Don’t take that hope away from children today!