Representative Paul, Speaker Gingrich, and Governor Perry support abolishing the EPA so let's look at America in 1972-73, when the EPA was created. The pictures of Cleveland and the George Washington Bridge in 1973 are truly worth a thousand words and are part of a collection created to create a photographic study of America's environment at the birth of the EPA.
America then looks like China today.
Thanks to President Nixon and once-upon-a-time substantial bi-partisan support, the EPA was born and thankfully continues to exist. The Clean Air Act and the EPA's implementation of it has added years to the life expectancy of Americans and is an unmatched success when measured in economic costs and benefits.