Monday, January 16, 2006

TOXIC JIM


Toxic Jim
By Rebecca Katers

Many people who care about the environment assume that Governor Jim Doyle is pro-environment because he is a Democrat and Democrats tend to be stronger advocates for environmental protection. Similarly, many environmentalists assume they must “get along” with Doyle because “he’s better than the alternative.”

Are these assumptions accurate? Not in my opinion.

In Governor Doyle’s first year, he has made several environmental decisions that are as bad as, or worse than, those of his Republican predecessors. Indeed, many believe Doyle has seriously weakened Wisconsin’s environmental protections in several ways that Republicans might have dreamed of, but never dared.

Governor Doyle also gave strong support to his friends in the utility industry, helping to promote the plan for a gigantic, destructive transmission line across Northwest Wisconsin, against the wishes of thousands of local citizens, conservationists and local governments. He also promoted and signed legislation to “streamline” the permitting process to push through the construction of several new power plants in Wisconsin...

Jim Doyle is no friend of Wisconsin’s environment. He is just a politician. We must hold him accountable for his actions just as we would anyone else.

April 8, 2004
Rebecca Katers is the executive director of Clean Water Action Council of Northeastern Wisconsin in Green Bay.

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