02 Aug '11, 4pm

Responsible debt reduction should start w/ cuts to wasteful fuel subsidies, not environmental & health protections!

After watching Washington flirt with the dizzying prospect of national default, we're as relieved as Americans everywhere to have averted that disaster. As the dust from the budgeting brinksmanship settles, though, we're keeping a close eye on the details behind the projected $2.5 trillion in spending cuts over the coming decade. We need to get our fiscal house in order. That's a national imperative that will require national sacrifice. There is a difference, though, between responsible deficit reduction and an unbridled assault on needed health and environmental safeguards. We can't help balance the budget through disproportionate cuts in the critical pollution control, clean energy and public lands programs that together make up less than 1.2 percent of federal spending and yet provide manifest benefits to Americans everywhere. Some House Republicans have given us cause ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/fbeinecke/responsible_d...

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