Imagine turning on the faucet in your house, and knowing that you couldn’t drink from the taps because the water was contaminated by lead. Last year, that was the reality for the families of Flint, Mich. — a tragedy that reminded us that we can never take clean water or a healthy environment for granted.
Now imagine that there was no federal response to this tragedy. That there were no rules protecting your drinking water, and that you were left on your own to fight against polluters and the failure of state or local politicians to protect water quality and the health of your family.
That disturbing scenario will be reality for all Americans if House Republicans have their way.
This week, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) proposed legislation to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, which is tasked with enforcing the federal laws that keep our air and our water clean.
Flint happened with the existence of the EPA. So, err, maybe the EPA isn’t all that good at its job?
After all, evidence of a bureaucracy fucking up is not evidence of the infallibility of that bureaucracy, is it?