Republican State Governments Vs. Nature
Elections have consequences as President Obama and Speaker Boehner often remind us. At the state level, one of those consequences is a sharp turn against environmental policies. Governors Paul LePage of Maine and Rick Scott of Florida are leading the charge.
The strategies have been similar across the affected states: cut budgets and personnel at regulatory agencies, prevent the issuing of new regulations, roll back land conservation and, if possible, eliminate planning boards that monitor, restrict or permit building development.
Preventing new pollution control regulations and enforcement of existing ones, while objectionable, is one thing. Enforcement can always be ramped up again and new regulations issued once a new administration comes in. But allowing development of virgin lands and extinction of species is another. Once a forest is gone, it may be a century before it is back again. Once a species is gone, it is gone forever. One has to wonder if any one election, largely run on other issues, should have a consequence like that.Click here for reuse options!
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