Essay on The Politics of Going Green

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Sustainability, as it pertains to the environment, seems like an idea that would appeal to everyone. The idea of conserving what we have, reusing what we can, and developing new ways to more efficiently use our planet’s limited recourses just seems like common sense to me. Unfortunately, our representatives in Washington D.C. have used environmentalism as a way to gain votes and divide the electorate. Responsible management of our planet has become as widely debated as gay marriage or religion in the schools. Like most social issues, sustainability has ardent supporters and determined critics. Global warming has become the spotlight for both sides of the battle over sustainability in American politics. Supporters of …show more content…
On that day some 20 million Americans throughout the country held peaceful demonstrations favoring environmental reforms. The year ended with the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 2, 1970.The EPA is charged with establishing and enforcing environmental protection standards, conducting environmental research, assisting others in combating environmental pollution, and recommending new environmental protection policies to the President (Lewis). The short Carter administration’s energy policy highlighted funding for solar energy and the continuation of Nixon policies. As the environmental decade came to close and the Carter administration ended in 1981, the new President shifted attention and funding elsewhere. The left praised Reagan for his environmental record as governor of California but after entering the oval office Reagan quickly began undoing much of the environmental progress of the last decade. In his first year in office Reagan proposed a 25 percent cut in funding for the EPA. Reagan was quoted saying "trees cause more pollution than automobiles do," and if "you've seen one tree you've seen them all (Little)." I, along with most Americans, easily get frustrated when politicians change their views just so they will get elected. The example of Reagan changing his stance on energy use to

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