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(From Guardian Unlimited)
When Richard Nixon founded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by executive order, politicians of all stripes agreed the US needed reforms, even if it cost a small amount of economic growth. Yet, after four decades of the EPA's helping to improve our land, air and water quality, ask whether we need federal regulation and the answer depends on whom you question.
Ask ordinary people in the US and, according to a 2011 Pew survey (pdf) , 71% respond, across the political spectrum, that they agree with the statement,"This country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment."
Ask most Republican politicians, some Democrats and the polluting industries that provide them substantial funding, and you'll get a very different answer. And this divergence may be ramping up in the wake of the Citizens United supreme court decision , which equated free speech and political contributions.
Republicans returning to Congress after the Labor Day recess have a legislative shopping list running gamut from …