Eleven days ago, I mentioned that Sen. John Cornyn had written back to me regarding my environmental plea (regarding the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations). Today, my U.S. Representative John Carter (of Texas, not Mars) replied via email in a very similar vein:
His first paragraph was nicely shorter than Cornyn’s, yet said the same thing. The rest of it was pretty much the same too, just with different words. The key sentence was:
“It is in our interest to work together to keep our air and water clean without putting overly burdensome restrictions on local businesses.”
As I mentioned in my entry on Cornyn’s response, Carter denies global warming is happening. And he votes “yes” to any bill that will make giant corporations more profitable — especially oil and coal corporations — and “no” on any bill that will regulate them for safety or health.
And like Cornyn, Carter ignores that pollution and climate change are currently “burdensome”. We’re currently spending billions in tax dollars to dump sand along the coastlines to make up for land lost to rising sea levels — and that sand is already washing away. We’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars in health costs simply because existing pollution standards aren’t being enforced, and the economy suffers billions in losses each year due to air pollution that lower worker productivity.
Carter went a step farther and attempted to separate two inseparable things: “the environment and people”, to both of which he claims to want to “provide the greatest benefit”.
Disrespectfully, sir, may I point out that the people require the environment? This isn’t about some mystical saving of “Mother Earth” to me. I care very little about the rocks and lava for their own sakes; they’ll be here billions of years after humanity is gone, I’m certain. My concern about the environment is that we need it.
Even the big energy donors who write Mr. Carter’s thoughts for him need the planet to be in a certain balance. However, like him, they’re hoping to cash out before it gets bad enough to matter for their bottom line.