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Pity the Planet: Environmental Agencies Are Failing Us

In this clip, Mary Christina Wood tells Bill that agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency are meant to represent the public interest -- not corporations and moneyed interests. But that's not what's happening. By Karin Kamp

Agencies in charge of implementing environmental laws, like the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service and the Fish and Wildlife Services are meant to represent the public interest — not corporations and moneyed interests.

But environmental law expert Mary Christina Wood, author of Nature’s Trust, says that’s not at all what is happening. As industries work to manipulate the regulatory process to serve their own objectives, “environmental law has become dangerous in the hands of politicized agencies,” she says.

Wood adds: “In the big picture, if we think about it, we wouldn’t have polluted rivers, persistent toxins in our blood streams, species going extinct, and we certainly wouldn’t be facing climate disruption and a climate emergency if environmental laws had worked.”

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