We live in a place where many families still farm land first deeded by William Penn 300 years ago. We are conscious of this remarkable heritage and we want to protect it as generations have before us. I am also a person of faith, and I believe that God created the Earth and made it our duty to protect and cherish it. As one bumper sticker says, "Good planets are hard to come by."
Organic gardening, recycling, and simply turning the lights out when we're not in a room are some of the things each of us can do to protect the environment. Smart growth policies and open space preservation programs are some of the things we can do as a community to conserve our heritage. Lessening our dependence on imported fossil fuels and promoting the development of clean and renewable energy sources are critical priorities for our nation. There is great reason for optimism in this area, but we need to make the transition through encouragement, entrepreneurship, and investment--not through taxation, bureaucracy, and punishment, the way the bill presently being pushed in Congress does.