Over the past few months I have been asked several times if I can be a conservative, a Republican, and an environmentalist. Well, what does it mean to be an environmentalist? If you ask me “Do you believe in protecting our natural resources, our forests and our communities for future generations?” Then absolutely, I am an environmentalist. I believe, by the way, this also makes me a conservative. But more importantly, I think this is something that unites virtually all Americans.
The idea that someone at an industrial plant or some commercial engagement would believe that it is okay to damage the environment to make a buck is extremely outdated. On Earth Day, three months ago, I got the chance to visit with the new EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt. As the new Trump appointed EPA administrator Pruitt out of Oklahoma, he served as their attorney general. As that, Scott spent a good deal of time defending Oklahoma from an overreaching EPA administration. Isn’t it noteworthy that now he leads the same group that he once had to hold in check.
While we visited Earth Day, I asked Scott directly about his vision for the EPA. I found his answers to be very telling. He talked about two areas in which the EPA performance over the last decade has been coming up short. Specifically, the number of superfund sites for toxic waste is up, under the previous administration. Sulfur dioxide levels and Ozone levels have gotten worse in the last 10 years. Particulate emissions have not seen the downward trajectory that we would like to see. And all of these are areas that unite all Americans.
There is no disagreement that these are areas that need to be managed. The fact that Scott is looking past the politics and doing the job of regulating in a way that all Americans can appreciate is awesome. As your Texas energy rate, it’s great to have a federal administration in place that allows all of this to work forward and look at opportunities for industries to grow and at the same time protect our natural resources that we find so valuable. In short, looking at the areas that we all agree and making progress. Instead of looking at the few areas we disagree and arguing.
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In addition to hosting "Texas Business Radio," Matt is an investment banker and serial entrepreneur from Montgomery, Texas. He is the owner of RREA Media and Register Real Estate Advisors and a Managing Director and Principal at Corporate Finance Associates. He has a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Rice University in Houston. You can read more about Matt HERE.