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This week, we spoke to former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about the 50th anniversary of the agency’s creation. McCarthy is excited about the agency being able to return to its mission, re-establish its science, and put people first again.
EPA has a really rich 50-year history and certainly that history is not about killing jobs or ruining the economy. That history is about doing its mission, which is to protect public health and the natural resources we all depend on and do it in the smartest way we can, which has invariably led to more jobs not fewer, and healthier people. I was excited that we had a chance to celebrate EPA, but you are right it is at a very difficult time…but the exciting thing is that … I can already see the life beginning to pump through EPA again … it will not take much to turn that switch from off to on.
Watch all the way to the end! McCarthy tells a wonderful story about then-Vice President Biden delivering cupcakes to EPA one morning as the agency’s staff was arriving for work. It’s a sweet story about Biden’s kindness and empathy. “I could never be more grateful to him for caring about the people who do the hard work,” said McCarthy.
By Wizipan Little Elk On August 23, 1804, a shot rang out on the wind-swept prairie near what is now called southeastern South Dakota, marking the first buffalo kill of the famous Lewis and Clark reconnaissance expedition. For us Lakota, our neighbors, and our buffalo relatives, it signaled the beginning of what was to become […]
Continuing its set of opinion surveys in the run-up to Earth Day, Gallup has released the results of another poll, finding that the percent of American adults who say that “protection of the environment should be given priority even at the risk of curbing economic growth” has dropped by 15% since 2018. Experts say that this number often correlates with unemployment, which the COVID-19 pandemic greatly increased.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Netflix has announced a commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2022. The plan, called “Net Zero + Nature,” was announced on the Netflix blog by Dr. Emma Stewart, who became the content platform’s first sustainability officer in the fall of 2020. Netflix estimates that its 2020 […]
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