"Our nation's continued prosperity hinges on our ability to solve environmental problems and sustain the natural resources on which we all depend."
Any guesses as to who said that? It might shock you that it is John McCain, especially after he scored 0 on the National Environmental Scorecard for 2007. That quote was taken from a November 22, 1996 article in the New York Times written by John McCain himself.
This is just another example of how the brazen, do-good-at-all-cost senator from 10 years ago has shifted his tune and fallen in line with the Republican party.
"Have Republicans abandoned their roots as the party of Theodore Roosevelt, who maintained that government's most important task, with the exception of national security, is to leave posterity a land in better condition than they received it?"
That's a good question John and it seems like you've answered it with your voting record. Yes, your party has abandoned the idea of conservation in favor of a personally-profitable marriage with big industry. Your party's attempts to repeal the Clean Air Act as well as pumping billions of dollars in tax rebates and government contracts has left the Grand Ole Party in a precarious position.
"I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use our natural resources, but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob by wasteful use, the generations that come after us." -Theodore Roosevelt
This is what your party stood for before you forged an alliance with the oil and coal industries. The idea that a man could till the land for prosperity and leave it to his sons has degraded into the idea that as long as money is flowing and a select few are able to amass personal wealth (legally or illegally) the country is healthy.
Unfortunately that is not the case. The economy may be faltering now but it will correct itself and there will be money to be made, the mechanisms of global economics assures that. But the land that we are ruining now will not correct itself under huge physical pressures that we are forcing upon it. Conservation has been thrown to the wayside, along with all of the other McCain ideals that he espoused so profusely in the past. Get ready for 4 more years of the same crap if this guy gets in office, its pretty obvious that he will do whatever it takes to appease his party and looking at the state of our nation I say that is a scary prospect.
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