The politics of Earth Day
Welcome to Earth Day, when politicians get to show how green they are.
Maryland was the backdrop for an announcement by Vice President Joe Biden today that state and local governments could get $300 million in recovery act funds to convert transit and fleet vehicles to alternative fuels and other environmentally friendly technology.
Biden was joined at WMATA maintenance facility in Landover by Gov. Martin O’Malley, Sen. Ben Cardin and other officials.
But Republicans in Maryland don’t want to cede the environmental issue to Democrats.
The state Republican Party is announced that it has formed the MDGOP Commission for Environmental Solutions.
“This commission includes representatives from the Maryland General Assembly, the recycling industry, green construction, water and sewage treatment, agriculture, the power industry as well as experts from the field of natural resources,” the state party said in a release.
The commission, it said, will allow for “reason, rational thinking and science to lead the way for developing a responsible approach for saving our most precious natural resource, the Chesapeake Bay.”
But don’t expect any big spending programs such as the one announced by Biden. “The Maryland Republican Party realizes that more money is not the answer,” the release says.
OK, then. Money won’t solve environmental problems, but a commission will?
On Earth Day, perhaps anything is possible.