Be an informed voter - Bush's Environmental Strategy*
Preservation Stewardship of Our Natural Resources
*Text is unedited and is as we received it.
"Our way is to trust the innate good sense and decency of the American people. We will make them partners with government, rather than adversaries of it. The way current laws have been implemented has often fostered costly litigation and discouraged personal innovation in environmental conservation. We need to get back on a common track, so that both the people and their government can jointly focus on the real problems at hand. As a basis for that cooperation, we propose these principles
Economic prosperity and environmental protection must advance together.
Prosperity gives our society the wherewithal to advance environmental protection,
and a thriving natural
Scare tactics and scapegoating of legitimate economic interests undermine support for environmental causes and, what is worse, can discredit actual threats to health and safety.
Environmental regulations should be based upon the best science, peer-reviewed, and available for public consideration.
We support the federal, local, state, and tribal responsibilities for
environmental protection. We believe the government's main role should
be to provide market-based incentives to
We condemn the current administration's policy of resorting to confrontation
first. Instead we should work cooperatively to ensure that our environmental
policy meets the particular
Environmental policy should focus on achieving results — cleaner
air, water, and lands — not crafting bureaucratic processes.
Where environmental standards are violated,
While the very nature of environmental concerns at times requires federal
intervention, the heartening progress made by many of the states (READPennsylvania
DEP) and localities
A case in point is Texas, where, under Governor Bush, the number of brownfield sites restored to productive use climbed from zero to 451, not only improving the environment but restoring more than $200 million in property value to local tax rolls, most of it in poor communities. We will replicate Governor Bush's success on the national level. We will use Superfund resources to actually clean up places where people live and labor, rather than waste it on costly litigation. The old approach of mandate, regulate, and litigate has sent potential developers away from brownfield neighborhoods. The resultno new businesses, no new jobs — only dirty and dangerous sites. Governor Bush has pledged to transform this failure into an environmental win for those communities, just as he did in Texas, and we heartily endorse his agenda for doing so.
Wherever it is environmentally responsible to do so, we will promote market-based programs that are voluntary, flexible, comprehensive, and cost-effective. The Endangered Species Act (ESA), for example, is sometimes counter-productive toward its truly important goal of protecting rare species, 75 percent of which are located on private land. Its punitive approach actually encourages landowners to remove habitat to avoid federal intervention. This serves as a disincentive for private landowners to do more to restore habitat and become private stewards of wildlife. The legislation needs incentive-based cooperation among federal, state, local, and tribal governments, and private citizens. The result will be a more effective ESA that better protects wildlife diversity.
As environmental issues become increasingly international, progress
will increasingly depend on strong and credible presidential leadership.
Complex and contentious issues like global
Protecting Property Rights We link the security of private property to our environmental agenda for the best of reasonsEnvironmental stewardship has best advanced where property is privately held. After all, people who live on the land, work the land, and own the land also love the land and protect it. As Governor Bush has said, "For the American farmer, every day is Earth Day." Conversely, the world's worst cases of environmental degradation have occurred in places where most property is under government control. For reasons both constitutional and environmental, therefore, we will safeguard private property rights by enforcing the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment and by providing just compensation whenever private property is needed to achieve a compelling public purpose.
Public Lands for the Public Good Collaborative conservation represents the future for the 657 million acres of America we call the "Public Lands." Working from the grass roots up, local groups are finding solutions for the problems of the public lands in their areas. Republicans want to encourage that approach, for it holds the greatest promise of sound environmental stewardship and productive use of the nation's natural resources. We will change the operating culture of the federal agencies that manage public lands, giving a greater role to states and to their political subdivisions in order to foster a creative partnership with the American people. As a sign of that partnership, we applaud Governor Bush's intention to make all federal facilities comply with the environmental laws by which the American people live.
If there had been any doubt that major reform is needed in the management
of public lands, it was burnt away in the catastrophic wildfires of recent
months. This avoidable devastation
Our national parks are the crown jewels of the country's environmental
heritage. They belong to all Americans and should be accessible to all.
Congressional Republicans have taken the
We support multiple use of public lands conducted in an environmentally
and economically sustainable manner. We are committed to preserving high
priority wilderness and wetlands.
Localized shortages and sharp price spikes, as suppliers scramble to get acceptable fuels to the markets where they are needed.
Environmental concerns are not at the heart of the matter. In fact,
the current administration has turned its back on the two sources that
produce virtually all of the nation's emission-free
It's a man-made nightmare, but at last the public is waking up and demanding
change. What is at stake, after all, is not just the price we pay to heat
and cool our homes. What is at stake is the nation's New Economy, which
relies heavily on electricity for its infrastructure and on petroleum for
its trade. Affordable energy, the result of Republican policies in the
1980s, helped create the New Economy. If we do not carefully plan for our
energy needs, the entire economy could be significantly weakened. The Republican
Congress has moved to deregulate the electricity industry and empower consumers
through a competitive market — but congressional Democrats are
holding up the process, and the administration has provided no leadership.
America needs a national energy strategy — and a Republican president
will work with congressional Republicans to enact their National Energy
Security Act. That strategy will
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Alan J. Muller, Exec. Director
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This page was last updated on November 6, 2000.
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