A story today from the nation’s capital that reinforces our latest lawsuit: the city of Ottawa is using federal stimulus cash (and avoiding any environmental assessment) to run a highway through several endangered species’ habitat. It’s one example of many municipalities seeking to benefit from the federal spending spree.
There have been several ridiculous justifications given for reckless stimulus spending. One such argument is that environmental assessments on these infrastructure projects is too costly – but of the $24 billion in spending, only 1% of that would be necessary to ensure environmental assessments are completed that reduce the toll on the surrounding land, water and species.
When we drop billions of dollars into the ever-growing deficit budget, one would hope it’s being done with vision, values and care – unfortunately, the relative temporary suffering created by this economic downturn could wreak long-term damages to our life-sustaining systems for generations to come.