Why is protecting the environment and the need for a government agency, withdrawn from profit margins and the business sector even a question? Economic/job growth at the detriment of the environment is not a solution, it's irresponsible and asinine. Protecting our environment is a long term investment that requires us to remember that we are living on a planet, spinning on an axis that doesn't care what our gnp is or how fat our profit margins are. Why can't our legislative branch see beyond immediate needs and continue to invest in our ONLY sustainable ecosystem for our freaking children and future grandchildren! Unless, they've got a plan to colonize another planet, leave the EPA alone!