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Cardin right to fight EPA dismantling

Vital conservation protections are being lost by Trump's self-loathing EPA.

The EPA’s mission is simple: to protect our health and environment. The Trump administration, however, has done just the opposite – it recently repealed the landmark Clean Power Plan and is moving to confirm nominees with strong polluter-industry ties to top posts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies. We’re glad to see that Sen. Ben Cardin is standing up to President Donald Trump by condemning these awful decisions.

Senator Cardin called out Trump’s rollback of the Clean Power Plan, saying, “It is shameful that our local, state and business leaders no longer have strong partners in the White House to ensure the security and health of our planet” (“Envoy says US to keep fighting greenhouse gas emissions,” Nov. 18). He also spoke out against dreadful EPA and Council on Environmental Quality nominees Kathleen Hartnett White, Bill Wehrum, Michael Dourson, David Ross and Matt Leopold during their confirmation hearings.

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Now is the time to fight every attempt to dismantle the EPA and its critical environmental protections. We truly appreciate Senator Cardin for calling out those who aim to put polluters over people’s health.

Karla Raettig and Gene Karpinski, Annapolis

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The writers are, respectively, executive director and president of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

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