• Blogging

    Possible Pending Pollution Problems Not the Expected Results

    Something to think about —

    One of my latest papers written for Public Administration

     

    The EPA was directed to set standards for radi...
    The EPA was directed to set standards for radioactive materials under Reorganization Plan No. 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

     

     

     

    Linda J. Nelson

    Franklin Pierce University

     

    Author Note

    This paper was prepared for Public Administration 348, CGPS Online, taught by Professor Patrick Tighe.

     

    Abstract

    Pending policy H.R. 861 is to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and give the regulations to the states. The federal EPA rules are set to remain in place but give up the central control of the agency allowing to reduce wasteful government spending and over-reaching authoritative powers.

     

    Keywords:  Environmental Protective Agency, pollution regulations, pending bill, H.R. 861, EPA

     

     

     

    Possible Pending Pollution Problems Not the Expected Result

    Dismantlement of the EPA

    A bill to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency if passed is expected to be in effect on December 31, 2018. The bill introduced by Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Massie, Mr. Palazzo, and Mr. Loudermilk and referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee along with the Committees of Agriculture, Transportation, and Infrastructure, and Science, Space and Technology and introduced on February 3, 2017, as bill H.R. 861. (Civic 2018)

    Policy Issue

    The Environmental Protection Agency has grown not only in size but also in power since Richard Nixon first established the EPA department, and is considered too big by many making the organization ineffective and a waste of taxpayer money. The proposed policy is to cut spending and give control back to the states. Federal EPA laws that are in place will remain, but if only the agency dissolved.

    Implementation of this bill will save taxpayers 8.1 billion dollars. (Civic 2018)

    When the EPA was first established, states did not have the technology nor the expertise for protecting the environment. But the EPA is what stands in the way of corporate greed such as the coal mines and environmental depredation. (Should we do away with the Environmental Protection Agency 2018)

    Importance of the Policy

    The importance of the bill is to give environmental control back to the states and out of federal authority. Gaetz reportedly stated that the EPA had exceeded their mission and he believes that the country needs to start fresh by eliminating the department of EPA. (DiChristopher 2017) In another interview, Gaetz states that he did not believe that the Federal government is any good at conservation because he has seen the EPA get in the way of conservation projects instead of leading the cause. (Wisner 2017)

    President Trump implemented a funding and grant freeze for the Environmental Protection Agency in January 2017. (Garcia 2017) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is not to be impacted by the policy change. (Should we do away with the Environmental Protection Agency 2018)

    Photograph of the Environmental Protection Age...
    Photograph of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Quality Office in New Hampshire – NARA – 553351 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    History of the EPA

    Due to increasing public concern over the environmental problems Senator Henry Jackson introduced S. 1075 that later became The National Environmental Policy Act that was signed into law on January 1970 by President Richard Nixon. The policy that began with good intentions soon hurt property rights management. Those who are homeowners, farmers or ranchers that have small streams on their property now had to deal with unelected officials if they unknowingly found themselves violating some obscure EPA water regulation. Such problems with property rights management began in 2015 when the EPA rules expanded to not only include navigable waters but also to include every type of water body including farm ponds and ditches to small streams. (Gomez 2017)

    An Analysis

    When the policy first was announced only one side of the proposal was heard, and that was of those who were against the dismantlement of the department of the EPA by attempting to make the public fear that they would soon see the pollution problems of the 1970’s to reappear. No one would like to see their rivers filled with the dyes of the textile mills that made the rivers unfishable or the rivers that would catch on fire from the toxic chemicals that were being dumped by industries. The most significant fear comes from the destruction of the watersheds and streams by the strip mining practices of the coal mines. (Palmer 2017)

    Gaetz has been criticized over this bill proposal by both Democrats and Republicans. They fear that a message will come across that no one cares about human health nor pollution. Some fear that this move is anti-government and that this move is a means of protecting the rich. (Baucum 2017) The truth is that the EPA policy is written to include the private property of the public by regulating even the smallest pond also if that pond is man-made. The impacts are that of regulating what fertilizer can be used on a farm and in a small home garden. The Environmental Policy Act was initially meant to control that polluting activity of capitalistic enterprises and not the general public.

    What is proposed is to give the environmental protection back to the states and let them make their determination of the regulations promoting clean air and water. By doing so will remove the federal government from the environmental policy. (Gomez 2017)

     

     

    References

    Baucum, Joseph. 2017. Environmentalists condemn Gaetz over EPA bill. February 16. https://www.pnj.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/16/environmentalists-condemn-gaetz-over-epa-bill/97948208/.

    Civic, Impulse. 2018. H.R. 861 – 115th Congress: To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr861.

    Di Christopher, Tom. 2017. Freshman Republican congressman reveals bill to abolish the EPA. February 15. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/15/freshman-republican-congressman-reveals-bill-to-abolish-the-epa.html.

    Garcia, Arturo. 2017. Florida Lawmaker’s Bill Would ‘Terminate’ Environmental Protection Agency. February 6. https://www.snopes.com/news/2017/02/06/florida-lawmakers-bill-terminate-environmental-protection-agency/.

    Gomez, Christian. 2017. Bill to Eliminate Environmental Protection Agency Introduced in Congress. February 24. https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/congress/item/25468-bill-to-eliminate-environmental-protection-agency-introduced-in-congress.

    Palmer, Brian. 2017. Why We Need the EPA. February 14. https://www.nrdc.org/stories/why-we-need-epa.

    Issue Voter. 2018. Should we do away with the Environmental Protection Agency? https://issuevoter.org/bills/1616/hr861-115-to-terminate-the-environmental-protection-agency-h-r-861?

    Wisner, Matthew. 2017. Republican Congressman on Push to Abolish the EPA. February 08. https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/republican-congressman-on-push-to-abolish-the-epa.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Blogging

    Writing Progress – 4.9.18

    It’s been a while since I wrote any fiction. I have about five unfinished manuscripts at various stages that I started over the past five years. This month I decided to pull out of the mothballs and commit to working on that one story every night with a minimum of 100 words.

    Tonight I was 26 words under 5oo which is more than I had expected to write during that hour.

    Finding time to write these days is hard.

    No, wait, that is an excuse.

    There have been some nights where I just sat at the screen and stared it down doing nothing but surfing Facebook and Twitter.

    Some of the textbooks that I have to read for school are so boring that I find myself nodding off within a half hour of sitting down to read. There is still one and a half years left until I have my Bachelor degree and another year after that for my MBA. Going back to school was the most wished for item on my bucket list since graduating high school 35 years ago.

    Pupils writing on the blackboard in a village ...
    Pupils writing on the blackboard in a village school in Laos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    One month left until I will be attending my first college graduation. Five years after graduating high school, I had given up hope of ever returning to school for that degree. Instead, I got married and had two wonderful children. College became the forgotten dream. I had a pretty good paying job back then anyway, or so I thought. Each time I found another job, my income continued to decline instead of rising. I never made the connection until being forced from my job because of the economic conditions. No one would hire me at my age. Phiff!

    Hard work has gotten me to where I am today with my education, and I remind myself I only have a couple of years left until I am back to writing three hours a day.

    Until then, one hour can either give me a hundred words or five hundred words. If I get lucky, a Nano word count would be nice.

     

  • Blogging

    Facebook Privacy vs. Employee Venting

    When an Employee should keep their mouth shut or stay off Facebook

    Image courtesy of creative commons license By: db Photography | Demi-BrookeCC BY 2.0 via flickr.com

    There are those on Facebook who will post just about anything and wonder why it comes back to bite them in their ass. The ones who do this all the time appear to forget that their posts are visible to the world. Nothing is private when it comes to the internet. When are they going to learn this? If you want a private site – don’t friend anyone. That’s private.

    I’ve seen those who will get their job back and turn around a few days later and begin bashing their employer. Get real. Do they really think that none of this is going to get back to any of their bosses?

    They claim free speech. Would the individual like it if employers began posting on Facebook about how slow of a worker they were or how incompetent they were in their job? I think not. But these people will post about their employer regardless and wonder why they are terminated.

    Maybe businesses should claim free speech and make similar posts. Let’s see how these people fare in the job market afterward when all their crap is out there for future employers to see.

    Yup, so and so, showed up late again for work. They never work a full week and wonder why they never make their deadline. They’ve never finished on time. How many days off can they take in a month? Is it possible to be out 8 days a week?

    My favorite – If they worked any slower, they’d be going backward.

    I could come up with many more things an employer could say about their employees.

    How about, if your hands worked as fast as your mouth, you’d get your work done on time.

    People need to think before they post their vents on social media. Every finger point at your boss will lead to ten pointing back at your faults of imperfect job performance.

  • Blogging

    Is Texting and Driving Really That Important?

    Driver in a Mitsubishi Galant using a hand hel...
    Driver in a Mitsubishi Galant using a hand held mobile phone violating New York State law. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Who ever thought society needed cellphones should be held accountable for all the car accidents in the past ten years. People just don’t get it. They don’t even seem to care that it is now a crime in most states to talk, let alone, text while driving. Is it really that important that the message can’t wait until you have pulled your car over on the side of the road out of the way?

    I remember phone booths. Oh does that make me sound dated? Heck, I don’t care. It really wasn’t that long ago when we would stop at the nearest payphone on our way home from work to make that urgent call that couldn’t wait until we arrived at our destination. You know, the ones that took a coin to operate?

    The other day,  I saw not only one person trying to text and drive but several that were either texting or talking on the phone. Do they do it for the fun of punching the buttons on the device? Oh wait, what buttons, most phones now have touch screens. So how does one text and drive while using a smartphone? If you tip the thing the wrong way, you’ll be standing on your head.

    It is amazing to see how important that call really is. Oh right, life and death important. That’s why you just missed that car you sideswiped into that ditch back there. Too bad the driver never stood a chance when his car hit that tree. You never noticed it did you? That’s because you were too busy looking at you phone screen instead of what was in front of you on the road.

    Imagine what you would do if you suddenly looked up from your phone to see a bull moose standing in the path of your car. Too bad you didn’t notice it a few feet ago. Your car is a total wreck, and you’re getting a ride in the ambulance. I wonder if you’ll live to tell about it.

    Is that your phone still in your hand? Figures, you can’t wait to send that next text.

  • Blogging

    Some Plugins Just don’t make the Grade :(

    WordPress dashboard interface
    WordPress dashboard interface (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

     

    I guess you can’t have it all. I’ve come so far in the blogging world since I first ventured out in 2008. That is the same year that WordPress was born. It was just bare bones back then. Now look at it, over 2000+ plugins. Some of them work excellent and others are only wishful thinking.

    I came across one today. It was for posting stories to your site. What a shame that it didn’t work. It was some fanfiction plugin that had real potential, that is until I tried to use it to post work in progress.

    Oh well, I’m still amazed at what a lot of the plugins do. When I first started blogging, I was on MySpace. Do you remember that site? It was a great place to blog and find readers who would cheer you on while you learned the craft of writing. There were even those on that site that would give lessons in poetry.

    Lots of groups too.

    I was sad when they changed the site to an all music site. I’ve only been back there once or twice since, just for old memory sake. Funny how something like that can stick with you even when you can’t use it anymore as you had. FaceBook came about and we all went there instead. Some tried to blog on that site, but it just didn’t jive well.

    I poked about on WordPress when it first came out, not being able to make heads nor tails of the site. I then found a website company that hosted a blog on their site. I used that for almost a year until I bought Microsoft Office 2010. That was when I discovered the ability to post direct from MO.

    I did do a stint on Blogger, but I didn’t like working with their dashboard. Then I went back to WordPress, blogging at least once a week.

    I began to accumulate many different sites. This past year I decided it was time to start consolidating. There was too many to choose from to post on. What better place to write than on your own domain WordPress. So I took the jump this past week.

    Plugins Galore. The free WordPress doesn’t work with plugins. Or, I haven’t figured out how to get them too. But now that I’ve got a site that is hosted outside the free zone, things changed.

    I’m sure I will be blogging much more now. It feels almost like how it felt on MySpace. Though I don’t have any followers on this site. Hopefully, they will come J

    Works In Progress:

    I’ve been out of work for almost 6 weeks due to major surgery. Four of those weeks, I barely sat behind the keyboard, it was too uncomfortable. Now I believe I’m ready to get back in the swing of things, and back to work. It wasn’t much of a vacation. All that time was spent healing.

    Oh yeah, works in progress. I have a few that I’m working on. There is this one – my main one – that is about a woman who wants to be a Knight/Dame during the medieval period. It’s one of those swanky romances, to be published under my other name.

    I’m also gearing up to give my Fantasy, Aaron & Keja an overhaul. The story is pretty good. I published it a few years ago, but my style and voice has changed so much. When I go to work on the third book in that series, it may not sound like the same person. This means that I will also have to re-write Witch Book too. When I do, both books will get new covers too.

    So lots going on.

    How about you? How has your writing been going?

    Now if only Grammarly made a plugin for WordPress, blogging would be a breeze.

    Powered by Linky Tools

    Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…


     

     

     

     

%d bloggers like this: