I wonder if Scott Walker, and his mining industry captives in the Wisconsin Legislature, and their financiers at the WMC saw, heard and absorbed what President Barack Obama had to say in his Inaugural Address this morning about our collective responsibilities for the water, land and forests?
We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.And do they understand, on a more practical level, that the President's appointees are in charge of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of the Interior and other water law and treaty rights regulators?