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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Richard Leo


OPINION

GOP should take fresh look at enviornmental policy

There is something curious about the current field of Republican presidential candidates. They're all about the same. Sure, there is a woman, an African-American and a couple of Mormons. But in general, they all favor lower taxes, fewer regulations, and repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, another commonality among the candidates is opposition to legislation for protecting the environment. Republicans do not need to become raging environmentalists to help our nation or our planet. Going to either extreme of environmentalism — ignoring the environment or focusing solely on the environment — has its disadvantages. Focusing solely on the environment by passing more and more regulations stifles economic growth, something that would be devastating to our country at the moment. Furthermore, many businesses can easily avoid regulations by leaving the country. However, ignoring the environment runs the risk of ruining our drinking water and clean air.

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