Indiana has been blessed with beautiful and abundant natural resources. From Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes to the Eel River and the vast acres of fertile farm land, these resources enhance our communities, drive our economy, and remind us of our fundamental responsibility to be good stewards of the earth.
Environmental protection is the responsibility of everyone. Too often in today's fast-paced world we make choices with little regard for their impact on our environment. By making the conscience effort to recycle, conserve energy, and treat our natural resources with respect, we can all do our part to protect the environment for our children and grandchildren.
As your congressman, I also believe that our national policies must reflect our responsibility to the environment. In light of the challenges posed by global warming, I support legislation to reduce our dependence on carbon-based fuels while promoting clean, renewable energy sources such as ethanol, hydrogen, and solar.
As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I understand that responsible resource management--especially soil and water--are critical to protecting environmental quality as well as preserving our ability to farm productively. Furthermore, as a member of the Great Lakes Task Force, I will work hard to ensure that our lakes and rivers are clean for future generations to enjoy.
Our government has an important role to play in protecting our environment, and I will work to ensure that clean air and clean water are the right of every man, woman, and child.