Environmental Protection

The environment belongs to all the people and future generations.  It must be protected. Those who currently hold the deeds to property should not be allowed to abuse their own land, water and air, making others suffer.   Those harm the environment should be required to pay for restoring it, if it can be restored.  A sufficient tax on all fossil-fuel products and by-products (including all plastics), deforestation, and mineral mining might be levied.  No government subsidies should be granted to industries that contribute to pollution or destroy valuable ecosystems.

Current regulations do not do enough to protect people from pollution.  Citizens need better access to the courts to challenge large and powerful corporations that are not being held responsible for damaged done to the environment.  Regulations tend to be written by corporate lobbyists and make it easy for corporations to pay relatively insignificant fines rather than  stop unnecessarily risky projects.

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  1. jon snow says:

    The environment is something everybody shares, and so no one should be able to exploit nature while causing harm to others. In the past, we’ve had some oversights and done serious harm to the environment, and so regulations were established to make sure that it didn’t happen again. But, the regulations made tend to be written by corporate lobbyists, who make it easy for corporations to pay small fines instead of halting dangerous endeavors. Recently, President Trump cut environmental regulations to make way for capitalism. So while these “regulations” made by corporate lobbyists aren’t helping, the ideas that they present to get the bill passed might.

    As stated above, an attempt to create fees for damaging the environment has given companies small fees in exchange for large damage. A effective regulation would have a sufficient tax on products or activities that damage the environment like fossil fuel products and by-products, deforestation, and mineral mining. More importantly, the large sum of money charged for such activities must go towards funding the reconstruction of the environment, not just in the pockets of politicians.

    Those politicians in turn need to stop granting subsidies to industries that contribute to pollution or destroy valuable ecosystems. This might be an obvious one, but it’s still a problem. When BP had their massive oil spill in 2010, the US govt stepped in and paid for most of their 20 million dollar cleanup. It doesn’t make much sense to have a fine if you’re just going to to cover it, does it?

    When an ecological disaster occurs, citizens, whose land is damaged because of a chemical spill, usually only get pitiful reimbursement. Granting better access to the courts so that these bereaved people can challenge large and powerful corporations, which are otherwise not being held responsible for the damage they’ve done, is another way to make companies think twice before they take on a risky project.

    So called “regulations” in the past have made it easy for corporations to get away with their money making schemes. But, as the environment is something we all share, these laughable excuses for rules must be ended, and new, tougher regulations put in place.

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