Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Get Your Trash Out of My Yard

Have you ever wished that you could walk up to a company that was dumping toxic waste into your local river or stream and tell them to get their trash out of your back yard? Well, with Ron Paul as President, you may just get your chance. Ron Paul believes that the Federal Government has proven that they cannot be trusted to develop an effective environmental policy. Instead, here's what he would do:

"The federal government has proven itself untrustworthy with environmental policy by facilitating polluters, subsidizing logging in the National Forests, and instituting one-size-fits-all approaches that too often discriminate against those they are intended to help.

The key to sound environmental policy is respect for private property rights. The strict enforcement of property rights corrects environmental wrongs while increasing the cost of polluting.

In a free market, no one is allowed to pollute his neighbor's land, air, or water. If your property is being damaged, you have every right to sue the polluter, and government should protect that right. After paying damages, the polluter's production and sale costs rise, making it unprofitable to continue doing business the same way. Currently, preemptive regulations and pay-to-pollute schemes favor those wealthy enough to perform the regulatory tap dance, while those who own the polluted land rarely receive a quick or just resolution to their problems.

In Congress, I have followed a constitutional approach to environmental action:

  • I consistently vote against using tax dollars to subsidize logging in National Forests.
  • I am a co-sponsor of legislation designed to encourage the development of alternative and sustainable energy. H.R. 550 extends the investment tax credit to solar energy property and qualified fuel cell property, and H.R. 1772 provides tax credits for the installation of wind energy property.
  • Taxpayers for Common Sense named me a "Treasury Guardian" for my work against environmentally-harmful government spending and corporate welfare.
  • I am a member of the Congressional Green Scissors Coalition, a bipartisan caucus devoted to ending taxpayer subsidies of projects that harm the environment for the benefit of special interests.

Individuals, businesses, localities, and states must be free to negotiate environmental standards. Those who depend on the land for their health and livelihood have the greatest incentive to be responsible stewards."


Frugal Guy said...

And the little person can afford to launch and win a lawsuit against a large corporation in which world?

Be careful about ideologies, they always sound nice, but they have a lot of hidden gotcha's because real people find ways to exploit any pure ideology.

That being said, many aspects of Ron Paul's libertarian viewpoint sound refreshing. The problem is figuring out which ones would be implemented. Who would get to pick and choose?

Webster said...

You guys are doing a great job! I'm really happy Ron Paul has had such a good showing, and getting better.