The public health is in danger due to new proposals to slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by a third; the largest EPA budget cut in nearly 30 years.
The Republicans in the House of Representatives are working toward these cuts because they fear the EPA’s regulations on clean air and water hurt businesses, as well as burden taxpayers. They hope that these cuts will decrease national deficit.
The EPA and other environmental advocates are worried for national public health as well as for the future of our environment. The proposal will gut the EPA’s plan to reduce carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act and will undermine efforts to limit water pollution, especially in areas of Chesapeake Bay. However hope remains in the hearts of some local towns.
The Village of Howard, near Green Bay Wisconsin, is looking ahead to the future and taking initiative to protect their environment. Howard has recently saved roughly 30% of their electricity bill since 2008 after initiating its Focus On Energy program. Focus On Energy is a statewide program overseen by the Public Service Commission that offers businesses free energy consultations. We must learn from towns like Howard, that it is crucial to stand up for our environment and stop EPA budget cuts. We need to urge our Congressional leaders to support and protect our air and water.