James Kostohrys: Wisconsin residents were sold out on environment

2013-03-23T04:00:00Z James Kostohrys: Wisconsin residents were sold out on environment madison.com
March 23, 2013 4:00 am

Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” warned of the disaster of pesticide use, especially DDT, on our health and the environment.

With the new mining law, Wisconsinites are facing something even worse. Unlike pesticides, whose effects abate over time, the big hole will be there forever, affecting wildlife and polluting water and air quality for generations. Wisconsinites also could be on the hook for clean-ups and other problems since the mining company has limited liability. This could cost us taxpayers billions.

I am conservative on many issues, especially the environment. If you call yourself a sportsman or are just a concerned person who cares about clean water and a natural legacy, you must be outraged at the passing of this law. This was a radical and irresponsible change to sensible regulations.

We were all sold out. My legislator, Rep. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, got over $79,000 from special interests that support mining deregulation, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Was there any question how he would vote? Gov. Scott Walker got over $11 million. The payoffs are all across the state.

When will Wisconsinites realize there’s nothing “conservative” in the Walker administration that a “liberal” amount of cash can’t influence. This spring, don’t be silent.

— James Kostohrys, Mineral Point

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