Voting Pro-Environment is Good For Jobs, Health, and Security

Written by Mark Jeantheau

HANGING CHAD AND ALL HIS ANTI-ENVIRONMENT BUDDIES Voting Pro-Environment is Good For Jobs, Health, and Security

There are many issues onrepparttar minds of US voters these days, but according to national polls,repparttar 125956 environment ranks somewhere above hemp policy and just below humane treatment for Teletubbies.

People are, of course, justly concerned about top issues such as health care, terrorism, and jobs. Butrepparttar 125957 environment actually has a role to play in all of those areas. Below are some examples of how this is so.


"If you have your health, you have everything"--so goesrepparttar 125958 old cliche. We usually don't think too much about our health until we have a problem. Diseases usually creep in on us slowly. They're very patient, waiting until our defenses are down far enough for us to be susceptible.

The health ofrepparttar 125959 environment--the quality ofrepparttar 125960 air we breathe,repparttar 125961 purity ofrepparttar 125962 water we drink,repparttar 125963 condition ofrepparttar 125964 land we grow our food on--are prime factors inrepparttar 125965 health of our bodies. We protectrepparttar 125966 health of our families by reducing pollution, by encouraging better farming practices that result in more nutritious agricultural products, and by gettingrepparttar 125967 toxic chemicals out ofrepparttar 125968 products we use every day.

Politicians are busy jousting about who hasrepparttar 125969 better plan for improving health care, but they're mostly silent onrepparttar 125970 most basic health issue--keeping disease-causing pollutants out ofrepparttar 125971 environment and out of us.


What arerepparttar 125972 terrorist targets that haverepparttar 125973 most potential for causing problems? Here are three.

- Ports -- We're still inspecting only a fraction ofrepparttar 125974 more 6 million containers arriving in US coastal cities each year. Many security experts think it's just a matter of time before terrorists sneak a nuclear, chemical or biological device into one of them. By supportingrepparttar 125975 concept of "buying local," our leaders could begin reducingrepparttar 125976 traffic in our ports and thus makerepparttar 125977 problem more manageable. This would also reducerepparttar 125978 huge level of pollution associated with product transport. Instead, our leaders pursue ever-grander "free trade" schemes that will INCREASE port security problems.

- Chemical Plants and Other Facilities That Use Chemicals -- A terrorist strike at a facility that manufactures or uses toxic substances could release clouds of poisonous chemicals. And we're not only talking about heavy-duty chemical and industrial plants; many water-treatment facilities, for instance, still use toxic forms of chlorine for disinfection, even though safer alternatives are available. Those who currently control our federal government have been far too passive in addressing problems with high-chemical-use industries.

- Nuclear Power Plants -- Although most nuclear facilities are hardened against airplane strikes, many are vulnerable to direct terrorist takeover. Because there are only 103 nuclear power plants inrepparttar 125979 US and because they do get a fair degree of attention when it comes to security, this is probablyrepparttar 125980 least likely ofrepparttar 125981 three disaster scenarios presented here. But it's still a possibility, and instead of trying to reducerepparttar 125982 level ofrepparttar 125983 vulnerability by diverting investment resources to development of wind, solar, wave, and other clean, safe forms of electricity generation, some politicians are pushing plans to build MORE nuclear power plants. Egad.

An Environmental Voting Guide for US State Elections

Written by Mark Jeantheau

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ECO-SHERIFF An Environmental Voting Guide for US State Elections

In these times when states are suffering extreme downward pressure on budgets and spending, how is our environment making out? Did it suffer cuts right along withrepparttar Program to Assist Millionaires Become Billionaires? Are important environmental projects being dropped fromrepparttar 125955 budget along with luxury items likerepparttar 125956 statehouse's new Gold-Plated Enforcement Gavel?

And why isrepparttar 125957 issue of environmental protection relevant atrepparttar 125958 state level? Doesn'trepparttar 125959 US Environmental Protection Agency handle all that stuff? This article answers these questions and provides smart-voting tools for you to help ensure your surroundings remain green and healthful.


Whilerepparttar 125960 US Environmental Protection Agency garners much ofrepparttar 125961 media attention when it comes to environmental enforcement, it is actuallyrepparttar 125962 states that are carrying most ofrepparttar 125963 load: - 75% ofrepparttar 125964 federal programs that can be delegated to states have been delegated; - 90% of environmental enforcement actions are taken byrepparttar 125965 states; - 94% ofrepparttar 125966 data in EPA databases came fromrepparttar 125967 states.

In 2003, states were only spending 1.4% of their budget on environment and natural resources--an all-time low, according to Resources forrepparttar 125968 Future ( ).

Reducing resources atrepparttar 125969 state and local levels can cutrepparttar 125970 heart out ofrepparttar 125971 monitoring and enforcement actions needed to ensure that our air, water, and land--and our bodies--are protected from environmental toxins. Even more troublesome are elected officials who have a weak commitment torepparttar 125972 environment. The back-room deals cut in your governor's mansion, your statehouse, and your county council chambers can have a great impact onrepparttar 125973 environment.

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