Would you rather be a rule maker or a rule breaker? When mom made you clean your room as a kid, did you remember to thank her for instilling responsibility in you then? No way!
Of course, government agencies with a regulatory & compliance emphasis seem to evoke the same dare-devil reactions that we felt as kids. “Rules are meant to be broken” as the saying goes – but what about the rules of nature?
The Environmental Protection Agency has caught a bad reputation in recent years, and to be fair there are some critics who suggest the agency could do more to protect the environment and Earth’s natural resources. According to https://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/The-Roles-of-EPA-and-DOE-in-Environmental-Legislation—11549, “Most experts agree that EPA regulation will not have the same effect on overall emissions reduction as Congressional action could. One reason is that EPA regulation would not come with the financial incentives for emissions reduction” and because the EPA does not fill a traditional cabinet role (with exception to the Director), there is some merit to this argument. The power of the EPA is subject to whichever political party holds office, which can mean different levels of enforcement.
With climate change already impacting our California forests, Gulf coast beaches, and causing sweltering heat in the Mid-West and Pacific Northwest, there needs to be some consistency or else we may face an even larger uphill climb in combating climate change and it’s impact to our way of life.
So what does the EPA actually do then? See for yourself, here – https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations – I recommend checking out this section at the bottom of the landing page to start: