Do we still need the Environmental Protection Agency? Absolutely.
We’ve all been there. A casual dinner conversation turns to politics. Soon, a debate is raging — and we’ve lost a chance for a meaningful conversation about the issues that matter most.
Polls suggest that Americans are deeply divided on a range of issues  — and it’s easy to understand why so many of us are hesitant to bring up “political” issues with people who may not agree with us.
However, if there is an issue that should transcend political labels, it is maintaining a healthy environment. About three in four Americans believe that “the country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment,” according to a 2016 poll by the Pew Research Center. 
Americans of every political stripe deserve to be able to strive for health, happiness, and opportunity free from pollution. We owe it to future generations to protect our country’s spectacular wildlife and awe-inspiring natural beauty.
We need to talk (about the EPA)
Unfortunately, environmental protection — and specifically the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — is far more controversial among the Trump administration and some Members of Congress.
For more than 45 years, the Environmental Protection Agency has safeguarded clean air and water, wildlife and wild places. Now the president has proposed slashing the agency’s budget by nearly a third and its staff by nearly one-fifth. 
If enacted, the cuts could be disastrous. Programs aimed at cleaning up toxic Superfund sites across the country would be slashed by 25 percent. Federal funding for cleanup programs that help iconic places like the Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Champlain, Lake Pontchartrain and Puget Sound would be eliminated altogether. 
Speak out for the EPA
Just weeks ago, public outcry appears to have helped keep these cuts out of a bill to temporarily fund the government, but the threat remains.  Congress may yet approve the President’s devastating EPA cuts as part of the federal government’s budget for the new fiscal year, which starts October 1.
If we are going to protect our environment again, we need to forge a consensus where it counts — in our homes, workplaces, schools, social networks and communities. That’s where you come in.
You can help convince lawmakers to fully fund the EPA and its vital efforts to safeguard clean air and water, wildlife, and wild places. Just share some — or all — of the social media posts below and encourage your friends to get involved.
The Environmental Protection Agency has improved our environment.
- Love bald eagles? .@EPA helped save them from extinction: http://bit.ly/2r0opaS #WeNeedTheEPA
- #WeNeedTheEPA. We already know what the US looked like without @EPA. http://for.tn/2sHHeB4
- .@EPA helped reduce #smog and clean the air of our cities: http://bit.ly/2r0kv1X #WeNeedtheEPA
- Remember acid rain? @EPA helped protect our forests: http://bit.ly/2sYrngJ #WeNeedTheEPA
- .@EPA helped close the hole in the #ozone, saving lives: http://bit.ly/2rQla7c #WeNeedTheEPA
The Trump Administration has targeted the EPA for dramatic budget and staff cuts.
- The president’s proposed budget would slash @EPA funding by nearly one third: http://nyti.ms/2ranvbb #WeNeedtheEPA
- Proposed cuts to @EPA are literally life and death: http://ti.me/2r9YDQS #WeNeeedTheEPA
- “It’s a wholesale war on the environment. That’s never happened before.” http://bit.ly/2sjLUjo #WeNeedTheEPA
- Trump’s @EPA cuts could compromise vital efforts to clean up the #Environment: http://nyti.ms/2ranvbb
- Local #environment programs will be hurt most by proposed @EPA cuts: http://wapo.st/2s0doKi
We still need the EPA
Americans support environmental protection and the EPA.
- Fact: Most Americans want to #SaveTheEPA — not cut its budget: http://reut.rs/2sYl39b
- The Trump admin asked about @epa and its regulations. It did not go as planned. http://wapo.st/2s0tRhj #WeNeedTheEPA
Nature-loving Americans can save the EPA.
 “In the Trump Era, America Is Racing Toward Peak Polarization” New York Magazine, May 31, 2017.
 “For Earth Day, here’s how Americans view environmental issues,” Pew Research Center, April 20, 2017.
 “We Know What The Country Looks Like Without The EPA: Filthy,” The Huffington Post, Jan. 24, 2017.
 “Trump Budget Would Cut E.P.A. Science Programs and Slash Cleanups,” The New York Times, May 19, 2017
 “Trump’s Biggest Cuts: Demoralized EPA employees brace for ‘wholesale war on the environment’” Vice News, June 1, 2017.
 The New York Times, Ibid.
 “Lawmakers Gird for 2018 Fight as Budget Bill Retains EPA Funds,” Bloomberg BNA, May 2, 2017.