Keeping an eye on government agencies is a full-time job, and that’s why we have dedicated organizations working for us—someone must guard our industry. In the early 1970s, during the Nixon administration, the government became very environmentally conscious and passed the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and they created the Environmental Protection Agency. At the time, rivers were literally on fire, smog filled the air in many cities and the oceans were dying from pollution. These laws accomplished their goals and then some.

Ever since these laws have been in place, many groups have learned how to use the courts to manipulate the agencies to recognize their agendas. It’s ironic that small, loud advocacy groups can get so much attention from the government, but as you know, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. 

What do you think?

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