The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has pledged to follow what it calls its “Back-to-Basics Agenda”.  In it, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has promised to refocus EPA on its “intended mission”, which the current administration claims is to “return power to the states and create an environment where jobs can grow.”

Here’s the thing: The EPA’s intended mission is to protect the environment from people, and to protect people from a deteriorating environment.

The EPA’s mission is not job creation, nor is it federal deregulation. There are ample mechanisms at the executive branch and state levels to counter balance EPA regulations that are believed to not be in the public interest.

I’ll say it again: The EPA’s intended mission is environmental protection. Period.

Given what is happening at the EPA today, referring to its current agenda as “back to basics” is misleading. A more honest moniker would be the “Back In Time Agenda” because what the EPA is currently doing harkens back to the darkest days of Reagan’s EPA, and the period of environmental decline leading up to the 1960s, which sparked the EPA’s creation in the first place.

Today is July 25th, 2017. It’s not a normal Tuesday.

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