Enviro Scorecard

The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) annually selects state legislation with environmental implications and publishes an Environmental Scorecard based on legislators’ votes. In 2007, Rep. Bob Pritchard voted on a total of 10 pieces of environmental-type legislation and took the pro-environment side in 6 of them, giving him a score of 60%.

State Sen. Brad Burzynski faced seven such votes last year and scored 0%.

Maybe he’s one of those people who think that one cannot be both pro-environment and pro-business. If so, I believe he is making a mistake, particularly in the area of renewable energy initiatives. It is becoming increasingly clear that fossil-fuel dependence is, along with the Iraq occupation, the dominant drag on the economy.

On a related note, I’ve been reading things about Iceland’s roaring economy, which some attribute to their near-energy independence. They also don’t seem to be in hock up to their eyeballs. If you click here, take a look at the Power Point presentation, especially Chapters 4-6.

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  1. Iceland’s literacy rate and educational system are other key factors. With an educated population, the people can make smart decisions, smart choices, have better opportunities for employment, and understand finances better in order to stay out of debt. The poverty rate is non-existent and incomes are more homogeneous. Two things many Americans would not like about Iceland–their tax rate is higher and they do not have CEOs making 400+ times more than their employees. I have no idea why Americans think CEOs are worth that much compared to the rest of the employees–CEOs cannot accomplish anything without those other employees.

    In contrast to Iceland in the U.S. is Detroit. Only 25% to 30% (depending on which study one reads) of Detroit’s school kids graduate from high school. Even if energy became free overnight, Detroit would still be a disaster. What kind of a job will 75% of those kids get? What will the incarceration rates be for those kids? What will the poverty and welfare rates be for those kids?

    Iceland’s primary industry is fishing. If/when the climate changes enough to affect the fishing industry, the high rate of education makes them better equipped to adjust and adapt. How prepared would Detroit’s kids be for, well, anything? Not enough of them are prepared for any kind of a decent job–forget about having to change jobs due to some major change.

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