Today, the Senate passed its budget blueprint for 2014, laying down a strong marker for wildland protection and responsible renewable energy development for the coming year, according to The Wilderness Society.
“This budget will put our country on the path toward a clean, renewable energy economy while at the same time ensuring that our public lands and wilderness areas are protected for future generations,” said Alan Rowsome, director of conservation funding at The Wilderness Society. “In contrast, Congressman Ryan’s budget that passed earlier this week represents more of the same handouts to the fossil fuel industry we’ve been seeing for a century, along with permanent cuts to the wild places of America.
“Senator Murray’s plan outlines responsible investments in clean energy, rather than giveaways to oil companies. Her budget also makes clear that protected lands offer a multitude of benefits to communities. By fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund – which draws dollars not from taxpayers, but from offshore drilling royalties – this budget represents a commitment to a successful and bipartisan program that protects our natural treasures, returning an investment to all Americans. Rep. Ryan’s budget will all but eliminate funding for the program.
“These two budgets offer a clear choice – an unbalanced approach that favors the fossil fuel industry, or a prudent environmental roadmap for our future.”