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I find it reprehensible that Trump has named Scott Pruitt as our new Director of the EPA, who happens to believe that man made CO2 emissions have nothing to do with climate change.  As former attorney general in Oklahoma, he sued the EPA 44 times. He has been politically backed by the oil and gas industries throughout his career. And Trump has vowed to cut the EPA's budget by 35%. I agree with most that there is probably some fat that can be cut from most government agencies. But none of this administration's environmental policies will benefit our environment, and will only hurt it. We are now back on the path to continue polluting our planet for future generations all for the sake of greedy corporate America. Shame on us for allowing this to happen.

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21 hours ago, Mark said:

I find it reprehensible that Trump has named Scott Pruitt as our new Director of the EPA, who happens to believe that man made CO2 emissions have nothing to do with climate change.  As former attorney general in Oklahoma, he sued the EPA 44 times. He has been politically backed by the oil and gas industries throughout his career. And Trump has vowed to cut the EPA's budget by 35%. I agree with most that there is probably some fat that can be cut from most government agencies. But none of this administration's environmental policies will benefit our environment, and will only hurt it. We are now back on the path to continue polluting our planet for future generations all for the sake of greedy corporate America. Shame on us for allowing this to happen.

I am in the business of researching our forests here in the Midwest. My job title may as well be "Titantic Desk Chair Re-arranger". 

It is truly depressing.

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The way I see it we are in a huge productivity slump and we are screwing ourselves by trying to "save the planet" when none of the other countries are following suit or even lending a hand.   So there are only 2 ways to fix this....Either kill off a bunch of us to reduce the population, or regain productivity (by whatever means) until the leaders of the world can come together and team up. Harsh, but that's the reality of it.   I mean, what are the other options ?

The bottom line is that we as a country are not in a position right now to "set the stage" and hope that other countries will follow our lead.   There are just too many mouths to feed.  

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This isn't a matter to take light heartedly. Half of the EPA funding is passed on to state and local agencies for emergencies, clean ups, and environmental concerns. Trump/Pruitt stance is that responsibility for environmental concerns should be handled at the state level. The state agencies are strapped for cash already, and do not have the expertise or funds or manpower to handle major environmental accidents and enforcement of federal regulations.

Maybe this will catch your attention as fellow fishermen - part of the environmental cutbacks proposed by Trump/Pruitt' EPA will result in less financing, regulation and enforcement of the "Clean Water Act".

Suddenly, our environment isn't a high priority to our federal government.

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Oh I agree, fishinwreck, China and India are the worst offenders of polluting our environment, But is the answer to say "what the heck is the use of Americans taking steps to further pollute our planet when other countries are worse offenders?" We will be known for centuries to come as the people who did more to pollute and poison our planet in 100 years than all of mankind before or after us. It is scary to think about what our planet will look like 100 years from now if we don't change our ways. That is the legacy we are leaving our grandchildren.

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1 minute ago, Mark said:

Oh I agree, fishinwreck, China and India are the worst offenders of polluting our environment, But is the answer to say "what the heck is the use of Americans taking steps to further pollute our planet when other countries are worse offenders?" We will be known for centuries to come as the people who did more to pollute and poison our planet in 100 years than all of mankind before or after us. It is scary to think about what our planet will look like 100 years from now if we don't change our ways. That is the legacy we are leaving our grandchildren.

Let's talk about "our grandchildren".   One of the biggest things we can do to help ourselves right now is for families, without even the means to support 2 adults, to STOP BREEDING!  

If you are worried about the future of offspring then for crying out loud stop making so many !   

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