Rep. John Carter On The Environment

Billions spent to dump sand on eroding shorelines

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:

“Dear Mr. Fry:

Thank you for contacting me. It’s good to hear from you and I’m pleased to respond.

I appreciate your thoughts on global climate change. Your views on this matter are very important to me. The U.S. government has invested billions of dollars in research to improve our knowledge of the Earth’s climate system, resulting in major improvements in understanding while major uncertainties remain. It is in our interest to work together to keep our air and water clean without putting overly burdensome restrictions on local businesses. The best climate policies are grounded in science, protect our quality of life, and provide the greatest benefit to both the environment and people. I will keep your thoughts in mind as I monitor this important issue.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate having the opportunity to work for you in the U.S. House of Representatives. Please feel free to visit, or contact me with any future concerns.

John Carter
Member of Congress”

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.

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