Has there ever been a political analysis of why Nixon wanted an EPA?
Dunno. It would be an interesting study if I ever find one. About the only site I find cynical enough to swallow a short blurb from when environmental stuff’s on the table would be these guys.
“Nixon created the EPA by executive order in 1970 as a sop to the anti-Vietanm war left not because he thought an EPA was needed.
Nixon reassigned to the EPA the ongoing environmental protection activities of other federal agencies.
So Nixons move was little more than a cynical bureaucratic reshuffling done to facilitate his Vietnam policies not some proud legacy of the Republican party.”
And unfortunately the source page they cite isn’t there anymore, but their contention that Nixon was just throwing a bone to the antiwar tree hugger crowd sounds plausible enough.