18.04.22 Earth Day

April 22, 2018
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“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”

Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005), Earth Day founder, former WI governor & senator

Flip Here For Earth Day's Origins & Impact

After the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA, Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord NelsonA was inspired to create a grassroots movement in order to educate the public and bring awareness to America’s most pressing environmental issues, like air and water pollution.

20M Americans celebrated the first day in 1970, by 1990 Earth Day mobilized 200M across the globe.

Earth Day launched the modern environmental movement

Earth Day lead to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the passage of the

  • Clean Air Act (1970)
  • Clean Water Act (1972)
  • Endangered Species Act (1973)

California is home to the USA’s most polluted cities

According to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report, 22 of the top 30 most polluted cities are located in the Golden State.

Is Your City On the List?

EP Administrator Scott Pruitt currently faces criticism re: allegations of overspending & other potential ethical lapses. Here's perspective from a critic & a supporter.


By Christine Todd Whitman

“Until recently, decades of scientific research on climate change formed the springboard for the EPA”s protective and effective measures. However, under the administration of Scott Pruitt, the agency is experiencing a new wave of policymaking—or rather, policy dismantling. (He has already dismantled the Clean Power Plan, which would have regulated carbon dioxide emissions in the power sector, and is now targeting vehicle-emissions standards.) If his actions continue in the same direction, during Pruitt”s term at the EPA the environment will be threatened instead of protected, and human health endangered instead of preserved, all with no long-term benefit to the economy.”

Whitman, who served as EPA administrator under President George W. Bush, is a former governor of New Jersey

  • Pruitt Leads the Way on Regulatory RollbackA

Before taking over at the EPA, Pruitt was as a leading opponent of regulatory overreach by the agency. As general of Oklahoma, for instance, he dissolved the Environmental Protection Unit and instead created a Federalism Unit to fight President Obama”s aggressive regulatory agenda. He broughtA more than a dozen lawsuitsA against the EPA, fighting such rules as the Cross State Air Pollution Rule and the Clean Water Rule, and successfully challenging the Clean Power Plan.A Now, as EPA administrator, Pruitt is taking even more direct action and doing so in a cooperative and transparent manner. When Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyA discussed the deregulation effortA at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month, he highlighted the rules that were top priority for the administration”s regulatory roll back: the Waters of the United States rule and the Clean Power Plan. Both fall within Pruitt”s jurisdiction at the EPA. No surprise that action on EPA regulations has moved to the forefront of the administration”s agenda.

KenA CuccinelliA is the Director of the FreedomWorks Foundation Regulatory Action Center & served as former AG of Virginia; Scott Pruitt was former AG of Oklahoma.

by Jenna Lee,