Yesterday, Jim Geraghty pointed out that the Flint Michigan water supply story is an example of massive government fail. He is right it is. And as he also points out when combined with the Colorado river spill, a picture emerges of an agency, the EPA, that no longer is up to the task for which it was created. Again he is right. The EPA was formed in an era of massive fish kills and dead Great Lakes – choking air pollution and a Los Angeles atmosphere more reminiscent of a liquid than a gas. These were were acute problems, resulting in death and ill-health right now. These were problems only the federal government could tackle because they were inter-jurisdictional. They are also issues there were, until recently, largely under control.
But while the EPA has been so obviously failing at it primary and core mission it has been busy as a beaver dealing with “climate change.” I would not be at all surprised if a serious audit of the agency revealed the EPA was failing at its core, founding mission because too much energy and too many resources were being diverted to climate change. I am certain the political appointees atop the agency are far more concerned about climate change than toxic rivers simply because the fiery rivers of Ohio are before their time.
Regardless of your stance on climate change, it is sharply contrasted with the founding mission of the EPA in one regard. Climate change is about tomorrow while the water supply of Flint and the orange rivers of Colorado are about today. The toxicity of lead is well known and acute. The corrosive nature of the materials spilled in Colorado is hard fact that killed fish and wildlife the day it happened. Climate change is something that might happen someday based on projections from big data from multiple sources and methods using statistical tools.
Another way to put this is that things like Flint and Colorado are problems, climate change is a worry. The EPA is seemingly so worried about climate change that it is ignoring real problems today. What is amazing is that Jesus had something to say about this state of affairs 2000 years ago. The mess that the EPA has become is just another sign of Christian thought receding as the foundation on which our nation was based.
Consider Matthew 6:25-34:
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I think a few “AMEN’s” in the halls of the EPA to that passage would go a long way towards solving the obviously increasing crisis in which it finds itself.