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.
I believe that environmental protection is the responsibility of everyone. Too often in today's fast-paced world, we make choices without thinking about how they will impact the environment. By making the conscious 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. For this reason, I am committed to protecting endangered wildlife and preserving the natural habitats in which they reside. Furthermore, in light of the challenges posed by climate change, I was proud to support H.R. 6 in the 110th Congress, The CLEAN Energy Act, which aims to reduce our dependence on carbon-based fuels while promoting clean, renewable energy sources such as ethanol, hydrogen, and solar.
I also understand that responsible resource management--especially soil and water--are critical to protecting environmental quality as well as preserving our ability to farm productively. In addition, 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.
America is unmatched in its environmental diversity and rich natural resources, and our government has an important role to play in protecting these national treasures. Rest assured, I will work hard to ensure that our national policies reflect the stewardship necessary to ensure a healthy environment both today and tomorrow.