What Would Theodore Roosevelt Say About Pruitt As Head Of Environment?

I’m writing this on Presidents Day. I wonder what Theodore Roosevelt would say and do about this administrations and majority of our Senate’s choice Scott Pruitt?

Here are a few of his words:

• “We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.”

• “We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.”

• “It is also vandalism wantonly to destroy or to permit the destruction of what is beautiful in nature, whether it be a cliff, a forest, or a species of mammal or bird. Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds and mammals — not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at last it looks as if our people were awakening.”

• “It is an incalculable added pleasure to any one’s sum of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder-book of nature.”

• “The lack of power to take joy in outdoor nature is as real a misfortune as the lack of power to take joy in books.”

• “I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.”

• “Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us.”

• “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.”

• “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value.”

I’m very disappointed in President Trumps nominee to our Environmental Protection Agency, and in our North Dakota Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp for approving Scott Pruitt.

Clean air, water, and land is now in the hands of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a staunch defender of polluters in court. In many Oklahoma metro areas the air quality rates an F, and the number of level 3 injection induced earthquakes was 890 in 2015.

Thanks to PBS for this article about injection induced earthquakes. Here’s the full article, and a snippet below

Curbing the threat

To many Oklahomans, it is clear that that risk has risen sharply. Data backs up their experiences. The earthquake rate in the state has grown at an astounding pace. In 2013 the state recorded 109 quakes of magnitude 3 and greater. The following year the number jumped to 585, and in 2015 it reached 890.

The escalation prompted two unusual warnings jointly issued by the USGS and the OGS in October 2013 and May 2014. Seismologists stated that Oklahoma had a significantly increased chance of seeing a damaging magnitude 5.5 temblor. “It was the first time I think we’d ever issued an earthquake advisory east of the Rockies,” says Robert Williams, the USGS central and eastern U.S. coordinator for earthquake hazards.”

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Every person that I’ve heard that runs for public office lists public safety as the number one priority. Protecting our citizens from harmful emissions, foul water, contaminated land is public safety and should be treated as such.

California is known for their strong environmental protection policies. During these efforts, their economy has grown immensely with new jobs in new energy fields that leverage technology. Here’s former California governor Arnold Schwarzenneger’s perspective: