I wholeheartedly support Senate Bill 1393, which is sponsored by Senator Sylvia Allen of Snowflake. The bill, which Sen. Allen calls the “Freedom to Breathe Act,” says the EPA and the federal government in general do not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gases in Arizona. In reactions to a Feb. 1 story in the East Valley Tribune on the bill, most people seem to think this legislation is an attack on environmentalism. However, the bill does not outlaw legislation that regulates greenhouse gases. It merely asserts any regulation should come from the state Legislature and not from federal bureaucracies. This puts control of Arizona’s environment more in the hands of the people of Arizona.
The United States is a vast nation with many varying ecosystems. It is foolish to think the same regulations can be effective for the dry Sonoran desert and the soggy Everglade marshlands of Florida. SB 1393 allows for environmental regulations that are more tailored to the distinctive ecosystems of Arizona. Not only does this mean that we can stop unnecessary regulations that cost our businesses millions of dollars, but also that we can create targeted legislation to protect Arizona’s unique, natural beauty.
RONALD REAGAN FELLOW, GOLDWATER INSTITUTE