A healthy environment is essential to a healthy economy. Anyone who thinks otherwise isn’t seeing the big picture, or has a very shortsighted view of the future.
With all that’s going on in DC today, I’m more than a little worried that our environment will take a backseat to short term economic interests. What worries me more, is that I expect some of those economic interests will be the most detrimental to our environment. For those of us who value environmental protection or the health of our economy, this seems like the perfect time to eliminate tax breaks to big oil companies and ethanol subsidies. That’s just a minimal first step, just think of all the jobs that could be created by putting our environment back together and implementing ways to reduce our impact in the future. For those of you that have seen President Clinton’s plan to get people back to work and our economy back on track, did you notice how many of his ideas were related to environmental conservation?
Our environment is screaming for help. The least we can do is not make things worse.
I don’t know what’s going on in the back rooms of congress. I don’t know what programs are going to be slashed in the name of deficit reduction. With all that has happened recently, I am doubt that whatever plan is hatched will not help my father get a job and I fear it will gut essential environmental programs. I am worried. And you should be too.
Over the next few months we will be hard at work lobbying the new Congressional super-committee on deficit reduction to make some of the changes needed to save our environment from ourselves, and keep the committee from gutting programs essential to the long-term health of our environment and our economy. Many of these programs will save us a great deal of money and jobs in the long run, and we’ll do what we can to see that the worst is averted. Stay tuned, and I hope you’ll join us.