We Get Poisoned Air, Water So Big Oil Can Profit
As we abandon the Paris Climate Accord and dismantle the EPA Big Oil and Big Coal make more money.
But the rest of us suffer.
- Kids can’t play outside
- We may have to wear a mask
- Drinking water isn’t drinkable
- Local lakes and rivers catch fire
- Some die from damaged lungs
- And more…
And as we face climate change average Americans will have to spend a lot of money to rebuild after more — and harsher — hurricanes and tornadoes, coastal flooding, cold winters, hot summers, drought in the West… meaning the need for more dams, desalination, trucking water west…
Worst case scenario: The ocean raises 160 feet, and possibly very quickly, wiping out many coastal communities.
Most Americans — 7 out of 10 had wanted to remain in the Paris agreement says a national poll conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Communication. Majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents had all favored the agreement.
A Gallup poll also found that 81% of us care about polluted rivers, lakes and reservoirs, 88% care about polluted drinking water, 77% care about soil contaminated by toxic waste and 74% care about air pollution.
In fact, Republican President Richard Nixon created the E.P.A. because rivers were spontaneously combusting and because people were being hospitalized due to bad air.
Yet Donald Trump is working to dismantle the EPA.
And Congressional Republicans introduced H. R. 861:
The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.
That’s not the title, that’s the whole bill.
Why must the middle class suffer just to boost Big Oil and Coal profits?
Posted on June 2, 2017, in politics/class inequality and tagged Big Coal, Big Oil, EPA, Flint Michigan, H. R. 861, Poisonous air, poisonous water, Scott Pruitt, Trump. Bookmark the permalink. 55 Comments.