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H.R.861 - "To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency."

Congress man and Representative Matt Gaetz talking at an event in front of construction workers.

To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.

You might favor this bill if:
►  You consider an $8.2 billion budget too much government spending while believing that government agencies not always use funds as intended. Government should not have say over environmental matters and over regulation can impact the economy negatively.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe that regulating emissions and protecting the environment is vital to the future of our country. Promoting “green” technologies and regulations has a positive impact on our environment and economy. Corporations will not police themselves.

08/22/18 UPDATE: The Trump administration announced plans to end the Obama-era rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants, striking what was considered by some the foundation of the U.S.' strategy against climate change.

According to a New York Times release, the EPA published a report, on which it details the impact of the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule, which reverses the Obama-era power plant regulations. The report indicates that there could be up to 1,400 more premature deaths a year because of the plan change. On the report, the EPA reveals that the proposed plan is expected to "increase emissions of carbon dioxide" and "increase the level of emissions of certain pollutants in the atmosphere that adversely affect human health," as compared to the projections for Obama's plan.

The new rule, gives states the liberty to set their own, drastically lower greenhouse gas emissions targets and restrict what states can do to force coal plants to improve efficiency. The increased carbon dioxide released under this new rule is what could lead to a spike of up to 1400 premature deaths.

The public will be allowed to comment on the rule for the next two months.

H.R.861 calls for the abolishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, calling its termination on December 31, 2018.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), created in 1970 by President Richard Nixon (R), is an agency of the United States federal government whose mission is to protect human and environmental health by researching the effects of and mandating limits on the use of pollutants. The EPA writes and enforces environmental regulations as well as creating research reports on various environmental topics. It is able to enforce its regulations through fines, sanctions and other procedures.

Aside from regulations, the EPA oversees several programs intended to promote energy efficiency, sustainable growth, air quality and pollution prevention. Some of these programs include the "Energy Star Program", which helps consumers choose energy efficient appliances, and "WaterSense", which encourages efficiency in water use via high-efficiency toilets and faucets.

The EPA also runs the programs that:
- prevent, control, and respond to oil spills;
- forecast air pollution levels;
- foster the manufacture of fuel-efficient vehicles;
- enforce laws such as the "Clean Air Act" and the "Safe Drinking Water Act";
- prevent and detect environmental crimes; and
- set the standards of waste and hazardous chemical handling, among others.

The EPA has an annual budget of $8.2 billion and a workforce of 15,376 (2016) employees.

The Obama administration, via the EPA, regulated coal companies, automobiles, and factories as contributors to climate change.


Sponsored by: Rep. Gaetz, Matt [R-FL-1].

Cosponsored by: 7 Rep / 0 Dem.

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