FIRST DDT, NOW OUTDOOR GRILLS? The EPA’s Backyard Concerns Equal a War Against an American Tradition

Written by Andrew Linn on March 30, 2015

Recently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has hinted at a crackdown on outdoor grills, claiming that they contribute to air pollution.

Such another government overreach is absurd, not only due to the fact that there is little (if any) evidence to prove that outdoor grills are a source of air pollution, but also because regulation or even banning them is an infringement upon an American tradition.

Cookouts have been an American pastime for decades, whether it be barbecue, grilling hamburgers or hot dogs, or cooking any other type of food. Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day are the most popular times for cookouts, as is any outdoor sporting event (e.g. tailgating at a football game). Hence, they are as American as apple pie, and now the EPA has a problem with it.

If the EPA tries to do away with outdoor grills (or regulate them) then I would not be surprised if the companies that manufacture them come together to file a class action lawsuit against the EPA. I would not even be surprised if various homeowners jumped in.

As I mentioned last week, Obama abandoned his idea of mandatory voting for all Americans who are registered to vote. Hopefully the EPA will abandon it plans for outdoor grills.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the weed killer Roundup to be a possible carcinogen, i.e. it causes cancer. There is little (if any) evidence to support this claim. In fact, it is just another attempt for environmentalists to advocate another government overreach (as is the case with outdoor grills).

The World Health Organization’s vendetta against Roundup is practically a repeat of the EPA’s banning of DDT. Contrary to popular belief, DDT is not harmful to the environment — in fact, the EPA would draw that conclusion. But EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus (under the influence of the Audubon Society) put a ban on DDT in 1972. DDT, which had been used to kill mosquitoes, lice, and other parasites (which led to an elimination of typhus and malaria throughout parts of the globe) could no longer be manufactured or used. As a result, malaria has claimed many lives in Africa, where DDT had only begun to be used when the ban went into effect.

Now the EPA claims that DDT is a carcinogen. It seems the EPA is losing the argument over DDT’s being dangerous to the environment, so it is trying to find another way to prove it is harmful. I wouldn’t be surprised if it also tries to declare Roundup to be a carcinogen.

In conclusion, the EPA and these organizations need to back off when it comes to cookouts and weed killers. In fact, the EPA also needs to lift the ban on DDT.



Andrew Linn
Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.