During the last Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton essentially called Michigan Governor Rick Snyder a racist. Why? Because of the current water situation in Flint, Michigan.
Lost in Clinton’s remarks about Snyder and Flint is the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency knew about potential problems with Flint’s water supply for months, and did nothing to prevent the situation. The regional EPA administrator has had to resign as a result. The situation in Flint is not a first for the agency that claims to be in the business of protecting the environment.
A few months before Flint’s water ended up with lethal metals and lead in it, the Animas River which runs through Colorado and New Mexico was turned yellow after over one million gallons of waste were released from a mine by the EPA.
Why did this happen? Silverton, Colorado, is a small town in Southwestern Colorado and was one of the towns hit by the EPA’s mine catastrophe. In a letter to the editor of the local paper, retired geologist Dave Taylor noted:
…The [EPA’s] “grand experiment” in my opinion will fail. And guess what [EPA Representative] Mr. Hestmark will say then? Gee, “Plan A” didn’t work so I guess we will have to build another treatment plant at a cost to taxpayers of $100 million to $500 million (who knows). Reading between the lines, I believe that has been the EPA’s plan all along… After all, with a budget of $8.2 billion and 17,000 employees the EPA needs new, big projects to… justify their existence…
In other words, the EPA exists to protect, defend and promote… the EPA.
When the EPA turned the Animas River mustard yellow, the Navajo Nation slammed the government’s lackluster response as a threat to their way of life. Oddly enough, Hillary Clinton did not call President Obama or EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy a racist after that spill.
The same government agency that has to ask its employees to stop defecating in the hallway spends its time acting as a non-elected legislature, doing things like regulating puddles, and does not even do what its name says it should.