Monday, April 18, 2011

The GOP needs to grow up:


Is removing environmental constraints on business the dialogue we should be having in a modern society?  Considering the number of Brownfields and ubiquitous environmental pollution in our air, land, and water, is there any credence to the GOP argument that environmental rules are keeping business from success?  It might be, but only in a childish way against authority.  

However, in the future there will be more environmental regulations because our environment has been trashed by business practices in the past, including air pollution and the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels world-wide.  

We need to be able to talk about important matters like Climate Change in this country free of political ideological nonsense.   Clearly, it is nonsense to allow businesses to function without environmental regulations, as they have proved since businesses have begun that only making a profit comes first for them.  While this may make sense to some, it does not make sense to a species that intents to survive. 

The GOP’s reaction to more environmental regulations is an emotional response to those trying to limit their profits, when in truth no one will make a profit in an environment that is collapsing.  

Yes, there should be dialogues about how to create a world-wide level playing field concerning environmental regulations on how business can profit in these times of extraordinary environmental concerns. 

But, eliminating and gutting the agencies themselves that attempt to keep our environment healthy are childish and unfit for an intelligent for a mature conversation about a very serious subject.

At State Level, G.O.P. Seeks Big Environmental Cutbacks - Another Tea Party ally, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, has proposed eliminating millions of dollars in annual outlays for land conservation as well as cutting to $17 million the $50 million allocated in last year’s budget for the restoration of the dwindling Everglades. Weeks after he was sworn in as governor of Maine, Paul LePage, a Tea Party favorite, announced a 63-point plan to cut environmental regulations, including opening three million acres of the North Woods for development and suspending a law meant to monitor toxic chemicals that could be found in children’s products. (April 15, 2011)  The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

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