FORESHADOWING?: Sen. Brown's old green pickup was an icon of his campaign. (Photo: Diane Beckwith-Zink/Flickr)
It's no secret that United States citizens are voting rather conservatively these days. Even Massachusetts, one of the most liberal states, recently voted for its first Republican senator since 1972. We collectively felt the need to change in the face of a massive economic downturn. Has Sen. Scott Brown done more harm than good, though?
Last month, the U.S. Senate voted on a historical piece of legislation that would have dramatically affected the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection Agency. The amendments even questioned the basis for emissions regulations, and had three Republican senators redefining what greenhouse gases actually are. (They don't seem to have very positive environmental voting records, as seen here.)
Senator Brown was among those who voted to drastically reduce the EPA's power, even as we learn more and more about the effects of climate change.
I find it incredibly difficult to believe the claim that our senator is a true representative of the citizens of Massachusetts. Not all of us agree what causes climate change, or how to fix it. But even "climate change deniers" in Massachusetts are taking steps to reduce their footprint. Whether for personal, financial or altruistic reasons, we can all see the benefit of decreasing our CO2 output. Reducing the regulatory abilities of the EPA is a step in the wrong direction.
The League of Women Voters sponsored a TV ad that pits Scott Brown against some of his youngest constituents. See the ad below:
Senator Brown certainly has economic reasons for voting against the EPA (saving money by regulating less). But are the environmental and health care costs worth it?
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