This Sunday is a special day for environmentalists, conservations and all Americans who enjoy the great outdoors. Started in 1970, Earth Day is an important reminder of our collective responsibility to preserve our natural world as best we can so that future generations may enjoy the beauty of our surroundings and the excitement of outdoor activities. Of course, preservation of our natural world is an inherently political issue that, too often, is victim to partisan wrangling in Washington, DC. I never cease to be amazed by the way political partisans of all stripes discount sensible environmental solutions for the sake of short-term political gain.
Because this issue will not go away, and the consequences for inaction will only increase, I hope that our elected leaders will pay more attention to areas of agreement for the sake of our environment. The United States can and should be the world’s leader in environmental protection €” and we can do so while being supportive of our strong economy and industries. Market-based environmentalism is an area in which America can set an example for the rest of the world. By capping carbon emissions and encouraging corporate compliance through incentives, we can prove that fiscal and environmental stewardship go hand in hand.