On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency found itself the target of mockery after it published a tweet warning of the dangers inherent in sunlight. The tweet linked to a page at the agency’s website, but the page was removed after a number of online critics took the EPA to task.
“Think sunny days are good for plants?” the EPA asked. “Not always. Sunlight causes #ozone to form, which harms foliage, weakens trees,” it added, providing a link that is no longer active.
Following the link, one is presented with a page informing the visitor that the content is no longer available. “The file that you requested either doesn’t exist or has been moved. Check the spelling and try again, or use one of the links on the left of this page,” the EPA says on the page.
“Know what’s also bad?” one person asked. “When the EPA pollutes rivers,” a reference to the Animas River spill many say the agency caused on purpose. Others noted the hypocrisy present in the short message.
“So sunlight is bad, but the country should be moving exclusively towards solar power?” one Twitter user asked in response. “Got it. Thanks a bunch!”
“If Planned Parenthood is defunded, that money should go to the @EPA, the only agency fighting sunlight on taxpayers’ behalf,” one critic sarcastically wrote. “You mean I don’t have to hold this cardboard over the plants anymore?”
Others noted that environmental alarmists once decried the depletion of ozone. “Just a few short years ago the @EPA claimed the ozone had a GIGANTIC hole and life was DOOMED as we knew it,” another person said. Some reminded the EPA of something called photosynthesis, the process where plants generate food from sunlight.
“Lemme just leave this here for you,” one person wrote, adding a picture that simply describes how plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. “If you have a 3rd grader around there, they can explain it.”
Still others sarcastically suggested the agency throw as much tax money into the effort to fight sunlight as possible. “Couldn’t cost more than $8, maybe $10 quadrillion, right?” one person asked. The sarcasm seemed to be never-ending.
“Think eating food is good for you?” one person asked, mocking the agency. “Think again. Eating food causes humans to live and pollute the earth.”
“Need any more proof the EPA is a shady organization?” the Twitchy staff asked. The tweet is just the latest in a long string of controversies sparked by the agency.
In January 2012, for example, the EPA levied millions in fines against refiners for not using fuel that did not exist. The agency also had to be reminded by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., that farm dust is not a pollutant.
In 2013, Gina McCarthy, the newly-appointed head of the EPA, warned that the administration is set to take unilateral action the agency would take to combat global warming. Last year, she admitted that proposed regulations on power plants were part of the administration’s “war on coal.”
“The clean power program,” Bill Maher began in an interview with McCarthy. “Some people called it a war on coal. I hope it is a war on coal. Is it?”
“Actually, EPA is all about fighting against pollution and fighting for public health,” she said in response. “That’s exactly what this is.” Now, for many, it seems the EPA is setting the stage to fight a “war” on sunlight.