Under the presidency of Donald Trump, we may see the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During the campaign, Trump claimed that climate change is a Chinese hoax. However, the majority of Americans are concerned with climate change and think more should be done about the problem.
The EPA began with a signature from President Richard Nixon on December 2, 1970. Before that, most cities were smothered with clouds of smog. The pictures can be found in the EPA’s Documerica project, which started to document the state of the environment from 1971 to 1977.
Here is a picture of just one cloud of smog near Louisville, Kentucky:
Trump’s proposed budget would slash the EPA’s funding by at least 25 percent. It would also get rid of 3,000 jobs. Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said this of Trump’s disregard for climate change and the slashing of the EPA’s budget and staff:
“It shows the Trump administration doesn’t hold the same American values for clean air, clean water, and healthy land as the vast majority of its citizens. Our health comes before the special interests of multibillion-dollar industries.”
Let’s hope that we don’t go back to the smog-filled world we inhabited before the EPA was established.
Featured image by The U.S National Archives via Flickr.