Your Questions About Water Conservation Facts Epa

Mark asks…

How can the GOP be so against something as good as the EPA?

The leading GOP candidates also want to roll back new regulations introduced by the Obama administration to prevent industrial boilers, cement plants and coal smokestacks from pumping poisons into the atmosphere that cause tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. Even Republican veterans are appalled by such a blatant rejection of the party’s storied history of conservation, dating back to Teddy Roosevelt. “These rules are grounded in the best available science,” noted William Reilly, who served as EPA chief under George H.W. Bush. “But for some of the most prominent leaders of the Republican Party, science has left the building.”

So extreme is the agenda of the GOP candidates, in fact, that it even trashes the laissez-faire legacy of Goldwater. “While I am a great believer in the free-enterprise system,” the Arizona senator said in 1970, “I am an even stronger believer in the right of our people to live in a clean, pollution-free environment.”

See, they’re all for eliminating the EPA which will “cause tens of thousands of premature deaths each year” but decry abortion. Damn hypocrites.

admin answers:

It’s part of their jobs plan. Rolling back clean water and air standards will create jobs in the medical and funeral businesses.

Robert asks…

What is you opinion on Nevada water Conservation?

What do you thing should be done?

What do you think the impact will be?

Who/What will it impact?

Is it a waste time or money to you?

I need these answers for a project in biology. Its worth 200 pts I NEED THE PTS! “)

admin answers:

As a life long Nevadan who grew up running barefoot through the Mojave Desert and rode mules at the base of Sunrise Mountain, I have seen a lot of changes regarding water usage. I grew up on Well Water from snow run-off from the Spring Mountain Range. We didn’t have municipal water until the late 1960s. (Well water was better, but at least city water didn’t freeze up in the wintertime)… Of course Nevada has grown, Lake Mead has dropped its level, but then again, the majority of water in Lake Mead goes to irrigate crops in California anyway. To help you get your 200 points, I suggest you go the this State of Nevada web page, which can provide a lot of information.

It is: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/docs/nevada_state_fact_sheet.pdf

It has lots of good information and is easy to “drink in” ~~ Good luck with your Biology Project!

William asks…

How does recycling paper help the economy?

….or create jobs? I looked it up on google but i cant find relevant articles…and please only serious answers! Thanks!

admin answers:

Recycled paper is the end product of paper recycling. The production of recycled paper has significant environmental advantages over virgin (nonrecycled) paper production, including less impact on forest resources, less air pollution, less water pollution, less water consumption, less energy consumption, and less solid waste. (To compare the environmental impacts of specific types of recycled and virgin papers, use the Environmental Defense’s web-based Paper Calculator.)

Recycled paper is produced in most varieties that virgin paper is produced, with quality generally equal to virgin paper.

Prices for recycled printing and writing papers are generally slightly higher than for virgin printing and writing papers, because of a much smaller economy of scale for recycled paper production. In fact, recycled papers still comprise less than 10 percent of the printing and writing market.

“Buy recycled” programs are those that encourage or require consumers to purchase recycled products. In the case of paper, buy recycled programs are essential to increase the economy of scale for recycled paper production so that recycled paper can compete on a “level playing field” with virgin paper.
Board Websites

Buy Recycled Programs: The Board’s buy recycled programs promote the State’s policy to “buy green.” The programs assist procurement officers of the Department of General Services (DGS), all other State agencies, local governments, and private businesses in establishing and maintaining practices for purchasing recycled-content products, with a special emphasis on fine printing and writing papers. One program, that for newsprint, is the State’s only regulatory program affecting the purchase of recycled paper in the private sector.

Recycled-Content Product Directory: The Board’s recycled-content product directory contains listings of recycled paper products (and other recycled products) available from suppliers at various levels of the consumer product chain (i.e., manufacturer, converter, and distributor) throughout the U.S.
Other Websites

Conservatree: This website is a comprehensive information source that identifies the numerous types and brands of recycled printing and writing papers produced and where you can purchase them in large and small quantities. The site also provides considerable information about the myriad of issues affecting recycled paper.

The centerpiece of the site is the “Conservatree Guide to Environmentally Sound Printing and Writing Papers,” which provides detailed information about each brand of paper listed, including the company that produces it, the overall percentage of recovered fiber, the percentage of postconsumer fiber, brightness, weights and colors available, etc.

Recycled Products Purchasing Cooperative: The Recycled Products Purchasing Cooperative (RPPC) is a nonprofit program dedicated to natural resource conservation. The goal of the co-op is to increase the use of recycled copy paper on a national basis. The RPPC is accomplishing this goal by providing 30 percent postconsumer recycled paper at prices which meet or beat what many entities pay for non-recycled or “virgin fiber” paper. The RPPC is made possible through the efforts of Solana Recyclers, Inc., of Encinitas, California, and funding support by the U.S. EPA Region 9.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Comprehensive Procurement Guideline for Paper and Paper Products: This website provides information about recycled paper procurement guidelines for the Federal government. The recycled-content standards in the guidelines are commonly used by private businesses throughout the U.S. Includes the actual recommended recovered fiber/postconsumer fiber content ranges for a wide variety of paper and paper products.

Carol asks…

To what point do conservatives value environmental regulations?

During the last Republican debate, Michele Bachmann said she would eliminate the EPA, which would eventually result in giving corporations control over what happens to our shared environment, and not a single person on stage challenged her on it.

Does the fact that no one questioned her about that proposal signal that they agree? Does the modern conservative movement really believe that corporations can be trusted to value the environment, and in turn the health and safety of the citizens, more than their bottom line?

I understand that conservatives believe there are too many environmental regulations already, and that those regulations hinder business; but what is the point where conservatives would be willing to say, “Yes, we need some regulation”?

admin answers:

Conservation is conservative!

Many prominent conservatives have fought to save natural treasures, signed landmark environmental-protection laws, and established many of the policies we take for granted today. For example, Teddy Roosevelt, who established the USA’s system of wildlife refuges and national parks. Or Barry Goldwater, the father of conservatism, who was a lifelong conservationist. Richard Nixon signed the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and also established the Environmental Protection Agency. Reagan signed legislation (against the advice of his cabinet) protecting the ozone layer (it should be said that at the time, there was significant scientific uncertainty about ozone but Reagan acted according to the precautionary principle and pushed the Montreal Protocol through). Bush I created our country’s first pollution-cap-and-trade system. As Barry Goldwater said, “While I am a great believer in the free enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even stronger believer in the right of our people to live in a clean and pollution-free environment.”

In decades past, bi-partisan legislation has eliminated burning rivers, toxic waste dumps, DDT and other environmental horrors. There is nothing conservative—and certainly nothing wise—in squandering our energy, clean air and water, beloved landscapes, wildlife, wilderness, wetlands, and other natural treasures.

Sharon asks…

Why do we bother conserving water?

Like what will happen if we don’t conserve water and reuse it where it can be reused? Will it just cost you more money, or will there be a long term affect? We can always clean the dirty water so what’s the big problem here.

This is a serious question. Thanks!

admin answers:

So funny you asked this question – I am doing a presentation to answer this question and talk about Water Conservation—

(1) There is only so much “clean” water (aka not sea water) – aquifers are dropping quickly and over half of the united states is relying on groundwater, we don’t know what they will do when they run out.

(2) You should only use as much as you need. Clean water = energy, getting water to your house = energy, waste water from your house = energy. So let’s all try not to be energy hogs and use only as much as we need.

(3) There is treatment for poor water quality sources but that means you need a $30 million dollar plant to be able to clean it. These are expensive, energy intensive (again problem of using energy global warming) solutions for keeping your yard green. These costs also get passed down to the consumer, someone has to pay.

(4) Someone else mentioned this and it is true – wastewater plants don’t really treat the water to wonderful standards. And they get put back into rivers or lakes which eventually drain into the ocean. This is direct pollution and the number one reason that most of our rivers are so polluted. No one wants to be a polluter, but no one thinks about the fact that what you put down the drain ends up in the river. There isn’t really that much treatment prior. This is criticism of the EPA and many people say they are failing to maintain the Clean Water Act. That may be true, but there is some responsibility on the customer.

(5) Again talking about groundwater – we are not recharging aquifers. There is going to be a major shortage eventually, so we should all just take what we need.

(6) Water rights are a real problem, if your community is growing and water demand is growing and your community doesn’t have enough water rights, you are simply out of luck. This is on the horizon of happening. Water is going to become an expensive and precious resource.

So will the world fall apart if you like taking 40 minute showers? No… Probably not. But with the groundwater tables falling and falling and more and more people using water there is a real pollution problem.

Maybe the worst that will happen is we will begin to kill off all of the fish and 50% of America will have to build Reverse Osmosis treatment plants and start getting water from the ocean. If all the fish die then other things will start to die and we will eventually start killing off our ecosystem.

Also it all cycles back to the “use less energy” trend to help the earth and fight against climate change.

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