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house Bill H.R. 861

Does the Environmental Protection Agency Need to be Eliminated After 2018?

Argument in favor

The EPA has been prone to pushing regulations that exceed its authority and unnecessarily burden American businesses and outdoor enthusiasts. It should be eliminated, as states can fill the void and craft policies that suit their needs.

Loraki's Opinion
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02/22/2017
YES! The EPA and several other federal agencies need to be shut down! The states don't need federal bureaucrats telling them how to protect their environment, manage their lands and other natural resources, educate their children, or wipe their noses (yes, I'm being a little bit facetious here), or do many other things that the Feds think they have the right to regulate! And let's face it, we can not afford these agencies now! We cannot continue being in denial about our national debt any longer! Uncle Sam MUST divest itself of some of its power and assumed responsibilities and give them back to the states! It's got to be done, because cutting spending here and there, without hurting the most vulnerable of our citizens, is simply NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH to get our debt taken care of! The environment will be the LEAST of our worries if the U.S.A. has to default on our debt and declare bankruptcy! Consider the economic crisis that would ensue! Consider how dependent most (if not all) of the states are (and individual citizens) on federal funds for a myriad of programs! What happens when the money runs out??! And there would be international repercussions, too! Who holds most of our debt? Isn't it China? Or am I mistaken? WHY DO YOU LIBERALS THINK THAT YOU NEED UNCLE SAM TO SOLVE ALL OF YOUR PROBLEMS?! IS IT JUST POSSIBLE THAT YOU ARE NOT ALL THAT INTERESTED IN GETTING MORE INVOLVED IN YOUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND DEMANDING THEIR ACTION AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN TAKING CARE OF ENVIRONMENTAL (and other) PROBLEMS?! And NO, getting paid to riot, destroy other people's property, and assault patriots and other conservatives doesn't count! Yes, air and water cross state lines. Have you never heard of states working on solutions TOGETHER for their mutual benefit?? WHY DO YOU DEMAND SO MUCH FEDERAL CONTROL OVER YOUR LIVES??! WHY ARE YOU SO WILLING TO RELINQUISH SO MUCH OF YOUR FREEDOM AND SELF-DETERMINATION?! DO YOU HOLD FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE IN SUCH LITTLE REGARD??!! ARE YOU SO WILLING TO PASS ON YOUR VIRTUAL CHAINS (AS SLAVES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND EVEN THE UNITED NATIONS!) TO THOSE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHOM YOU HOLD SO DEAR??!! HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN WHAT IT COST COUNTLESS GENERATIONS TO ENSURE THAT AMERICANS COULD REMAIN FREE AND SOVEREIGN??! I PITY ALL OF YOU LIBERALS! A FREE AND INDEPENDENT PERSON CAN APPRECIATE CLEAN AIR AND WATER JUST AS MUCH AS THE SLAVE OR SERF, BUT TO QUOTE A GREAT AMERICAN: "God!— I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" -- Patrick Henry, Speech on the Federal Constitution, Virginia
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operaman's Opinion
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02/21/2017
A dream come true. Eliminating the EPA will not only end Federal runaway rules sucking up money and power over state influence. States should take care of environmental problems as set out by the Founding Fathers. If I don't like my states ruling, I'll just move. And why wait until 2018? Now is a good time.
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DeanLA's Opinion
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02/21/2017
“The EPA has been doing some drastic things. They have exceeded their original mission substantially under both Republican and Democratic presidents and violated the sovereignty of the states. I think we need to start fresh.” I emphatically agree. This would be a great chance for Republicans to reduce the size of federal control and give control back to the states.
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Argument opposed

There need to be national environmental standards, and the EPA is best suited to research those standards and advance regulations that implement them. Eliminating it and handing that power to states could lead to a degradation of environmental quality.

maresha's Opinion
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02/06/2017
I have lived in Asia for 5 years and recently moved home to the PNW. Our beautiful nation, national parks,and clean air are a treasure and envy of the world. Our economy is still stronger than nations that destroy their land and air. We are caretakers of this lsnd, not owners. Keep the EPA. Keep America clean and safe.
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Phoebe's Opinion
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04/19/2017
Why is this even being considered??????????????? Environmental issues and climate change are THE NUMBER ONE THREAT to our country, our security, our lives!!!!
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Christopher 's Opinion
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04/19/2017
Not only no, but hell no! Without clean air, water and land there is no future for anyone. It is high time to hold polluters accountable, not eliminate the agency charged with policing the environment.
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  • The senate has not voted
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      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Environment and Climate Change
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedFebruary 3rd, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 861?

This bill would eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency effective on December 31, 2018. Its legislative text is one sentence long.

Impact

Environmental regulations; states; and the EPA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 861

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced this bill to abolish the EPA and allow state and local governments to take over its role protecting the environment:
“The EPA has been doing some drastic things. They have exceeded their original mission substantially under both Republican and Democratic presidents and violated the sovereignty of the states. I think we need to start fresh.”

This legislation has the support of three cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Casey Deshong / Public Domain)

Official Title

To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.

    YES! The EPA and several other federal agencies need to be shut down! The states don't need federal bureaucrats telling them how to protect their environment, manage their lands and other natural resources, educate their children, or wipe their noses (yes, I'm being a little bit facetious here), or do many other things that the Feds think they have the right to regulate! And let's face it, we can not afford these agencies now! We cannot continue being in denial about our national debt any longer! Uncle Sam MUST divest itself of some of its power and assumed responsibilities and give them back to the states! It's got to be done, because cutting spending here and there, without hurting the most vulnerable of our citizens, is simply NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH to get our debt taken care of! The environment will be the LEAST of our worries if the U.S.A. has to default on our debt and declare bankruptcy! Consider the economic crisis that would ensue! Consider how dependent most (if not all) of the states are (and individual citizens) on federal funds for a myriad of programs! What happens when the money runs out??! And there would be international repercussions, too! Who holds most of our debt? Isn't it China? Or am I mistaken? WHY DO YOU LIBERALS THINK THAT YOU NEED UNCLE SAM TO SOLVE ALL OF YOUR PROBLEMS?! IS IT JUST POSSIBLE THAT YOU ARE NOT ALL THAT INTERESTED IN GETTING MORE INVOLVED IN YOUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND DEMANDING THEIR ACTION AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN TAKING CARE OF ENVIRONMENTAL (and other) PROBLEMS?! And NO, getting paid to riot, destroy other people's property, and assault patriots and other conservatives doesn't count! Yes, air and water cross state lines. Have you never heard of states working on solutions TOGETHER for their mutual benefit?? WHY DO YOU DEMAND SO MUCH FEDERAL CONTROL OVER YOUR LIVES??! WHY ARE YOU SO WILLING TO RELINQUISH SO MUCH OF YOUR FREEDOM AND SELF-DETERMINATION?! DO YOU HOLD FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE IN SUCH LITTLE REGARD??!! ARE YOU SO WILLING TO PASS ON YOUR VIRTUAL CHAINS (AS SLAVES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND EVEN THE UNITED NATIONS!) TO THOSE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHOM YOU HOLD SO DEAR??!! HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN WHAT IT COST COUNTLESS GENERATIONS TO ENSURE THAT AMERICANS COULD REMAIN FREE AND SOVEREIGN??! I PITY ALL OF YOU LIBERALS! A FREE AND INDEPENDENT PERSON CAN APPRECIATE CLEAN AIR AND WATER JUST AS MUCH AS THE SLAVE OR SERF, BUT TO QUOTE A GREAT AMERICAN: "God!— I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" -- Patrick Henry, Speech on the Federal Constitution, Virginia
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    I have lived in Asia for 5 years and recently moved home to the PNW. Our beautiful nation, national parks,and clean air are a treasure and envy of the world. Our economy is still stronger than nations that destroy their land and air. We are caretakers of this lsnd, not owners. Keep the EPA. Keep America clean and safe.
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    Why is this even being considered??????????????? Environmental issues and climate change are THE NUMBER ONE THREAT to our country, our security, our lives!!!!
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    There is no Planet B
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    Not only no, but hell no! Without clean air, water and land there is no future for anyone. It is high time to hold polluters accountable, not eliminate the agency charged with policing the environment.
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    It's insane to want to remove protection of our environment.
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    Save the EPA, save our environment!
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    Denying climate change is like ignoring a doctor who just told you that you have a terminal illness. Just because you don't want to believe it's happening, doesn't mean it isn't happening. We need the EPA.
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    No! Please do not eliminate the EPA, the EPA is needed. Without it's oversight and help, there are way too many companies, agencies, etc who do not care if what they do harms the environment. We need the EPA.
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    The environment is essential for health. Poor stewardship of the land would lead to the eventual extinction of humanity.
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    I do not want to return to the days of smog and polluted water. The cost to process the waste after the fact and for health is enormous.
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    The EPA is so important to every American and our environment. Just look at industry in this country pre-EPA, when factories would pump out incredibly harmful chemicals right into the environment, penalty-free. The EPA exists to protect us - they protect our water, our air, and so much more. To say that the EPA results in unnecessary regulation is ridiculous. If you would rather have companies making more profit at the expense of a healthy environment and therefore healthy population, please reconsider your priorities and values. This should not be a political, partisan issue. It is something that not only affects all of us, but our generations and children to come. Please think about that when you choose to vote "Yea" to this bill. Thank you.
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    What the...? NO! Also, one sentence? This is lazy legislation from a sixth grader. Is he purposely trying to waste people's time, or is this just meant to be a distraction. Seriously, who elected this idiot?
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    As a career ecologist I have learned from direct experience that people are more impressed by anecdotes related to their home state or fiscal costs created by a specific issue, rather than dry scientific explanation. On this note, here is a short list of preventable, expensive, and man made environmental problems created by lack of government oversight or removal of regulation in the interests of commerce. Zebra mussels were introduced to the Great Lakes in 1985. These animals routinely destroy pipes, dams, and aquatic vehicles via cementing themselves to these surfaces and clogging pipes or halting machinery. This problem costs roughly 60 million dollars per year to combat, and recently has spread to the state of California most likely through moving a recreational boat over land. These animals were introduced after the Reagan administration removed a regulation requiring freight ships entering the Erie Canal to dump their balast into the Atlantic Ocean. This regulation ensured that any zebra mussels or other harmful species would not be brought into the Great Lakes, and its removal caused the almost immediate introduction of a very harmful species. In the 1940's the Hooker Chemical Corporation leased a large area of land in western New York around the site of the failed Love Canal. The corporation used the dug out canal to store corrosive, carcinogenic, and fatally poisonous chemicals. A decade later the canal was filled in, sold by Hooker Chemical, and a small town was developed over the site. Over the next two decades the chemicals stored in the canal leached into the soil and water of the town and began to poison the inhabitants of said town. The primary victims of this poisoning were the children of Love Canal. Children were diagnosed with leukemia, degenerative birth defects, and mental disorders at a rate significantly higher than adjacent towns. In one case chemicals bubbled up through the soil of a school yard and burned the skin off of several children's feet as they played during recess. This disaster was caused by a total and complete lack of regulation of the use of the land as a chemical dump, which occurred prior to he formation of the EPA. The dumping was advantageous to the Hooker Corporation, but left hundreds of children permanently deformed or ill. In more recent happenings, the 2010 Deepwater Oil Spill Cody commercial fisherman between 100 million and 1 billion dollars, and eliminated between 1 and 10 thousand fishery jobs. This disaster was created due to the inability to cease the flow of oil at the base of a leaking of shore oil platform. The depth of the drilling operation created intense difficulty for repair crews who failed several attempts to curtail the leak. After engineers had finally managed to seal the hole, roughly 5 million gallons of oil had leaked into the Gulf of Mexico causing the fiscal damages listed at the beginning of this segment as well as further damages to tourism, private beaches, and businesses established near the shore. At the time very little regulation had been placed on deepwater drilling. The BP corporation assumed their safety and remediation procedures would be adequate for dealing with any issues that may arise, however they were wrong and countless damages were accrued in the name of allowing a business to function with lack of oversight. Corporations exist solely to make profit, this is not a bad thing inherently, but it is also important to take into consideration. They will act in whatever manner allows them to maximize said profits. If there is no oversight to their actions the consequences of profit could and have led to the inadvertent destruction of other businesses, the poisoning of citizens, the miscarriage of children, and the creation of pests that cost taxpayers millions of dollars per year to remediate. In the time it would take for states to replace the EPA with their own legislation their could easily be another pest introduction such as zebra mussels, another chemical disaster like Love Canal, or another crisis of complacency such as the Deepwater Spill. The removal of this agency would effectively shift the United States policy on environmental issues from "Do what is best for the citizens" to "Do whatever makes a small amount of people the most profit."
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    The EPA is an extremely important agency, and eliminating it all together is absolutely ludicrous. If you want to get rid of a government agency - get rid of the IRS.
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    Why is this bill even a thing?
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    Are you fucking insane?
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    The EPA plays a critical role in ensuring that we all have clean air, water and land. Corporations should not be allowed to police themselves - nor should they be allowed to profit while causing damage to our citizens by way of polluting the planet. It is significantly harder to clean things up after they have become polluted - this bill is extremely short sighted.
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    Only an ignorant person would suggest eliminating the EPA. This goes against all common sense.
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    The EPA is essential to protecting our planet for future generations. Eliminating it would accelerate global warming, among other disastrous consequences.
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