Our president has decided that the federal agencies that can approve oil drilling in the Arctic and Pacific Northwest are essential during this government shutdown.

So, as experts worldwide warn us that our options to meaningfully address climate change are closing, POTUS wants to open up more areas to drilling for fossil fuels. Federal employees working for the EPA, National Park Service, Food and Drug Administration, agencies designed to safeguard our air, water, land and food, are not essential.

As Catherine Rampell points out in her opinion, “Whatever happened to Republicans’ principles?”

How transparent does the lack of compassion for people, animals, and the planet have to be before U.S. citizens stand up and say, “Enough already”?!

Monica Hilding, Salt Lake City