Bruce Babbit: Congress has declared war on our land, water and natural resources
“It is now more than ten years since I left public office. I am returning to the public stage today because I believe that this Congress, in its assaults on our environment, has embarked on the most radical course in our history. Congress, led by the House of Representatives, has declared war on our land, water and natural resources.”
Bruce Babbit’s stinging words hit to the heart of Obama’s administrative tactics. In a stern speech at the National Press Club, the former Secretary of the Interior under Clinton warned President Obama of the risks he was taking by not directly countering the congressional attacks against not only the environment and the EPA but against the American people.
Babbit spoke forcefully to the audience at the National Press Club. He pointed out the continued efforts of the House leadership to create piecemeal legislation ending all forms of conservation and regulation laws and relayed that now, more than ever, was a time to step up. By “hiding in the shadows” we were allowing some of the most dangerous moves in legislation to destroy precious regulations and renounce the protection of our natural resources. The former Secretary then went on to say that he was there “to remind the president that he has the power, the responsibility and the public support to stand up to those who would destroy our natural and cultural heritage.”
Bruce Babbit did not back down. He did not say “Let’s wait for this storm to pass.” Instead, the environmental advocate, who spent 8 years under Clinton tirelessly protecting the precious resources beneath our feet, alerted the audience to the cowardice of not standing up to these attacks saying: “Failure to respond, however, is a form of appeasement that has not worked in the past and it will not work this time.”
Just as Bruce Babbit stood up for the environment and its preservation for generations to come, so can we. With each simple Act of Green, you are doing your part to stand up to the environment. Today, make your act of green a letter to the President of the United States. Remind President Obama that he has the power to stop these attacks, and that he has the ultimate power to protect the land we, and our future generations have to call home.