Richard Nixon does not have what one would typically call the best track record when it comes to American Presidents. But he did authorize the creation of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the early 1970’s. The goal of the agency is protect the environment for not just this current generation, but for generations to come.
Yesterday, EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned from his post. Many point to his abuse of power, using tax payer money for expenses that are not related to the position and ethics violations as the reason for the resignation.
While it’s about time that he was ousted as head of the EPA, the troubling fact is that his replacement and former second in command Andrew Wheeler is not exactly a proponent of protecting the environment. The previous positions listed on his resume include working as a lobbyist for the coal industry and as an aide for a Senator who is known for openly rejecting the facts of climate change.
The fact is that climate change is real. While we have to protect the economy and make sure that every American has access to reasonable employment, we should not be doing so at the expense of Mother Earth. If we don’t, we may not have a planet or a country to call home.