Editorial: Environmental risks

Editorial: Environmental risks

Governor Walker’s campaign tactic of drawing attention to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin’s giving a key to the city to Fidel Castro 43 years ago, and President Donald Trump’s inability to control himself are distractions – unfortunate if also mildly entertaining.

In the meantime the very risky actions by both men weakening environmental protections are starting to pose real dangers. And they’re not getting as much attention as their political noise.

This week, the Trump Administration announced plans to dramatically increase offshore oil and natural gas production and roll back a ban on new drilling off the shores of Florida and California. Meanwhile the U.S Army Corps of Engineers this week made it clear Walker’s law excluding Foxconn from wetlands protections extends to federal jurisdiction.

No new offshore drilling or filling in Southeastern Wisconsin wetlands will occur this week, or even this month. But we’re worried that citizens and more responsible lawmakers are being too easily distracted by sideshows and risking environmental damage that can’t be undone.

Editorial: Environmental risks

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