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EPA Debate Lights up Twitter

Recent news at the EPA got so much attention, the hashtag #DefendTheEPA was trending on Twitter Tuesday.

So far, just about everything President Trump has done since he took office has been controversial. His approach to managing the Environmental Protection Agency is no exception.

In the last few weeks, the EPA has become a flashpoint in a debate about how the U.S. should balance regulations with environmental concerns.

First there was news of a gag order inside the agency, then reports that the administration wanted the EPA to remove its climate change page on its website. And while all of that was unfolding, critics continued to take aim at Trump’s pick for head of the EPA — Scott Pruitt — a longtime opponent of the EPA who is known to have a cozy relationship with the fossil fuel industry.

Now, a group of EPA employees have gone public about their objection to Pruitt’s confirmation. The news got so much attention, the hashtag #DefendTheEPA was trending on Twitter Tuesday.

However, as usual, many seized the opportunity to use the hashtag sarcastically. Here’s a look at some of the most telling tweets from the debate:

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