Letter: Bad news for the environment
The U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies recently moved to slash the 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations budget by 18 percent. The bill zeroed out the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program designed to protect and expand parks, while falling short of restoring years of budget cuts to the National Park Service.
Gutting the Land and Water Conservation Program puts moose, other wildlife and beloved landscapes like the White Mountains at risk. It also blocks progress on clean water and climate. The bill would block the Obama administration from tackling stormwater pollution and restoring protections to our waterways, including the Connecticut River watershed. After New Hampshire sweltered in record-breaking heat, this bill would block measures to cut global warming pollution.
I am tired of watching U.S. House leaders fan the flames of global warming by allowing carbon pollution to spew without limit from the smokestacks of dirty power plants. It’s hard to imagine a worse attack on our parks, waterways and the future of our planet. It’s time to stop staging this political theater with our environment and start implementing real solutions to the pollution that plagues our air and water. The subcommittee should jettison this bill and start over.