Walker’s Crimes Against the Environment

The article, “Highlights of Gov. Scott Walker’s second term (Sunday Tribune),” had little in the way of high points for the citizens of Wisconsin. The list of assaults against our state’s environment and natural resources is particularly egregious.

Good science is the cornerstone of effective environmental stewardship, but the elimination of DNR scientist positions and climate change research on the DNR website are just several of the casualties of “Wisconsin is open for business,” as Gov. Walker stated in his 2011 inaugural address.

“Delayed phosphorus pollution standards for lakes and streams, removed restrictions on large-scale withdrawals of groundwater,” dropping tax support for state parks, not to mention the DNR’s limited enforcement against polluters and poachers are all part of the Walker administration’s “shock and awe” approach to laying waste to Wisconsin’s long history of valuing and protecting Wisconsin’s natural resources.

It’s all up for grabs in exchange for meeting the expectations of big businesses such as Foxconn and important campaign donors and supporters with deep pockets.

Enough is enough. If you value Wisconsin’s environment and natural resources, it’s time to take a stand against Gov. Walker’s assault on those things we hold dear.

When it comes time to vote for our next governor, make sure you cast your vote for a candidate who will once again let DNR scientists and enforcement staff do their jobs, treat climate change like the fact and threat it is, uphold important environmental regulations and put future generations ahead of partisan deal-making.

Larry Sleznikow, La Crosse

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