The Latest On: Environmental Protection Agency
Aah, summer! Time to hit the road and visit some our crown jewel national parks here in the West. It's time to enjoy the trees, the canyons, the birds, bees, and bears, the ranger talks, the smog.
The smog? Yep, get ready for it. Because if the EPA has its way, the tremendous views from Mesa Verde, Zion, and other national parks will become more obscured with haze.
As the Washington Post succinctly put it on May 16:
The Navajo Nation — America’s largest Native American reservation — has breathtaking scenery, disheartening poverty, and a lot of sunny, windy days. So it was good news both on and off the Rez that the Nation has contracted with an East Coast renewable energy firm to build 500 megawatts of wind power generation there.
Six years after the head of the Environmental Protection Agency resigned because of political interference, almost every EPA employee is begging the current administrator to quit—as in, quit letting politics drive agency decisions.
The Bush Administration's hostility to environmental protection is not news. But seeing the numbers in black and white (or, as in this chart, in red and green) is startling. Created by the Appropriations Committee of the U.S.