Thursday, July 9, 2009

Arizona state senator: save planet for the kids (but drill baby drill?)

To preface this post, we admit, this isn't directly related to climate change. But when we saw this video, we thought it was the perfect example of what's wrong with so many lawmakers who get in the way of a clean energy economy.

During an Arizona Senate Retirement and Rural Development Committee meeting on June 25th, State Senator Sylvia Allen discussed the prospects of mining for uranium in the state. In her statement, she makes it very clear that the "need to get the uranium here in Arizona, so this state can get the money from it" supersedes any environmental consequences that may would result from it. Check out the video below.

Now again, we know this isn't exactly about climate change, but we thought her statement that "The Earth has been here 6,000 years [...] long before anybody had environmental laws and somehow it hasn't been done away with" was pretty indicative of a shocking attitude that many lawmakers seem to have these days. It's the do-nothing mentality towards environmental protection that really demonstrates what's gotten in the way of a comprehensive climate and energy bill thus far.

We think Ms. Allen should heed her own words: "I can't say enough how it's time that we [...] move forward into the future so that our grandchildren can have the same lifestyle we have." It is time to move forward, Mrs. Allen. The first step though is recognizing that without laws protecting the environment, it's our children, not just grandchildren, who may not have the "same lifestyle we have."

A final observation on the accuracy (or lack thereof) of Ms. Allen's statement (via ThinkProgress):
Phil Plait of BadAstronomy notes that the irony of Allen’s claim “is that she’s talking about uranium mining, and it’s through the radioactive decay of uranium that we know the Earth is billions of years old.”