Why the Current Approach to Environmental Policy Needs to Change

Mention the name Richard Nixon to the average American citizen and the first images that pop into their mind will undoubtedly be those of Watergate. The scandal changed how the country viewed the Presidency and forever redefined a man, eclipsing his other achievements almost entirely. One of these achievements was the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency, which consolidated existing efforts to combat human activity’s effect on the Earth’s climate. Since 1970 the Agency has grown in size and scope, using its current annual budget of $7.9 billion to “protect…