Protecting the Environment

During Season 7 of Game of Thrones, Sir Davos says “If we don’t put aside our enmities and band together we will die. Then it doesn’t matter whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne.

I paused when I heard that line. Isn’t that exactly where we are a species. We are killing ourselves, killing our children, and are in the process of creating an uninhabitable world for our children… and our Congress is leading the charge.

Over the past decade, Republicans have led a charge to eliminate the safeguards that protect our water, air, land, food, and climate. Republicans have repeatedly attacked and defunded the EPA to make protecting our safety more difficult, given priority to the testimony of industry lobbyists over peer-reviewed scientists, and passed rules that allow politicians to overrule the recommendations of those hired to keep us safe. We have seen an attack on National Parks, bills to allow drilling and fracking in our most sensitive ecosystems, and the removal of any information relating to climate change from official government websites. Our Congress has relaxed labeling standards on our food, refused to force food suppliers to reveal GMO ingredients, and removed regulations that require residents and field workers to be notified when pesticides are sprayed over their houses or dumped in their drinking water. Where once we were a leader for a sustainable and healthy planet, today we are one of only a handful of countries that denies science and refuses to participate in worldwide efforts to protect our planet.

If the security of Americans is the number 1 job of Congress, why are the members of Congress aggressively trying to make it easier for corporations to poison us and our children? Of course a quick look at campaign contributions answers that question. (Dennis Ross has been paid $35,000 by Koch Industries alone) Our current Congressional members don’t care about the health of you and your family. Through their votes and legislation, Republican lawmakers show that they believe short-term profits, government handouts to the world’s largest polluters, and a total lack of accountability for their actions are their key to re-election.

You, your children, and the world deserve better. We, as a country, are capable of making the world a cleaner and safer place for ourselves, our children, an for generations to come. It is our job to protect our citizens and “secure the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for ourselves and our posterity.” The intentional killing and poisoning of our citizens is not the way to do it.

Greg Williams