The Cuyahoga River fire of 1969 spurred government action. Sadly, it couldn’t happen today.

The Environmental Protection Agency has an important … nay, imperative … job to do, but under the Trump administration it is being stifled … I would even go so far as to say the goal of this administration is to completely dismantle the agency. Blogger friend Jeff at Voters On The Fence has written an excellent post reminding us how and why the EPA came into being, and of the important work it does. Thank you, Jeff, for this insightful post and for letting me share it with my readers.

On The Fence Voters

Democratic 2020 candidates need to explain why government exists. It’s not socialism. It’s a cop on the beat.

On June 22, 1969, The Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland, Ohio. This was nothing new. The polluted river had caught fire 13 times before the 1969 incident dating back to 1868. However, this particular fire was different. It made national news. The city of Cleveland had recently elected the first black mayor of a major American city, so the town was on the radar of many. With the Vietnam War raging and civil unrest everywhere, the newly elected President of the United States had decided to make pollution and the environment one of his main priorities.

The Cuyahoga River fire led to a national outcry and prompted a federal grand jury investigation into the causes. Eventually, it was determined that about 12 companies in Northeastern Ohio were responsible, including several steel…

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7 thoughts on “The Cuyahoga River fire of 1969 spurred government action. Sadly, it couldn’t happen today.

    • I am 100% in agreement. Trump has taken the law into his own hands, believes laws do not apply to him, is working toward killing the average person, and yet people turn pale and start quaking in their boots when the “S” word is mentioned. Even though, mind you, not a one of them probably even understand what it is!

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    • It is what the fear-mongerers use to strike fear into the hearts of the un and under-educated. And it works like a charm. They don’t realize they are shooting themselves in the foot!


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