Published on May 30th, 2017 |
by Cynthia Shahan
May 30th, 2017 by Cynthia Shahan
There is nothing more zero-emissions than a pedestrian, a bicyclist, or a mass transit traveler on an electric bus or train powered by renewable energy. Yes, the combo of all three is what we need across cities and countries.
Once you’ve spent any amount of time in a car-free city center or town, you change. You have now breathed clean air as a pedestrian, experienced city life free of noisy automobiles. Even nice cars are cars.
Naturally, as with seemingly all things good, Trump’s administration wants to go in the other direction. The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget includes severe cuts to federal transit funding. It doesn’t nudge us toward more walking, bicycling, or electric mass transport — quite the opposite.
Study after study after study after study shows exhaust from gas cars and diesel engines to be a major factor of disease in our world, and — tragically — in our children. With such a large amount of information on air pollution out there, why on earth would an administration claiming to care for children cut funding for clean transport (not to mention the EPA)? Is the party and its president simply disrobing its pro-child guise, its pro-life guise with the understanding that voters won’t pay attention or care?
The budget cuts not only reduce the chance of well-being and accessibility for children, but also cut the opportunities for people to get to work, and for parents to get home to their kids. It is cruel. But, sadly, it is not unusual for this political party.
The Trump budget is not pro-life — it’s pro Wall Street. The war on the poor and America’s children remains — via neglect of the environment, neglect of public…