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Prompt Action Required

Environmental policy, like many other areas of legislation, is not exempt from the slow-moving nature of the American government. As a result, it is difficult to convey the need for prompt action, especially in the case of progressive environmental legislation. However, America is in a situation which demands immediate action.

Former Governor Mitt Romney presented his energy plan last week in Hobbs, New Mexico, and called for a boost in oil exploration along the East coast. In addition, he would reverse the suspension of oil drilling off of the coast of Virginia, which was handed down by President Obama following the 2010 BP oil spill. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though: Romney strongly supports the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling in ANWR, and has said that he will allow wind farm tax credits to expire at the end of the year. He also supports nuclear energy expansion, which has been proven to be far too dangerous to be a viable source of energy.

When all is said and done, the 2012 edition of Mitt Romney would be highly detrimental to progressive environmental policy, and the environment.

President Obama isn’t off the hook either. While he and his administration have made strides in promoting and implementing renewable energy programs, specifically solar and wind power, most of the programs exist within the context of oil and natural gas production. Perhaps it isn’t realistic for renewable energy programs and oil production to be mutually exclusive, but larger efforts to strengthen renewable energy programs should take priority.

Environmental policy ultimately comes down to the president, since they sign policy into law. A president that will veto progressive energy policies in favor of maintaining the status quo, like Romney promises to do, is not the proper direction for the country, nor is it the proper direction for the environment.

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