01 Aug '11, 6pm

debt ceiling deal will result in massive cuts that threaten to damage our water, air & lands beyond repair

The Wilderness Society said today that the congressional accord on the debt ceiling puts the U.S. on the brink of defaulting on what it terms the country’s skyrocketing “environmental debt.” The dramatically reduced spending on conservation and environmental programs the debt ceiling deal will induce poses a wide range of risks to human health and economic growth. “Congress doesn’t deserve to thump its chest for reaching a debt ceiling compromise on a mess it created,” said William H. Meadows, president of The Wilderness Society. “The reductions in spending the deal causes will result in massive cuts that threaten to damage our water, our air and our lands beyond repair. This assault is part of a larger effort by some in Congress to give away our great outdoors to corporate polluters and developers, and it’s creating an environmental debt that we can’t repay.” Meadows adde...

Full article: http://wilderness.org/content/pr-environmental-debt-20110801

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