“DESPITE CALLING for clean air and clean water in his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, President Trump is reportedlyaiming to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s staff by a fifth. Maybe Mr. Trump really believes there are enough “superfluous” EPA programs — such as, apparently, those addressing climate change — that his administration will throw out only bathwater and no baby. In reality, focusing only on the pollution challenges of the past, not those of the present or the future, ignores vast volumes of evidence on the ecological and human damage various types of pollution still cause. Imagine what the country would be like now if politicians had folded years ago to industry complaints about environmental protections now considered rudimentary.” The Washington Post

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