Howard Blitz

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Environmental protection and energy independence requires less government and more individual crea

Talk show hosts, elected officials, and just every day common individuals are constantly crying for the U.S. economy to be less dependent on imported oil and shift America’s reliance on energy to renewable energy supplies and technologies thereby cleansing the environment.

They also cry out for the individual’s inherent right to clean air and water at work and home.

Also noted with much desire are energy-efficient transportation systems through investments in local bus and rail transit, regional high-speed rail, and magnetic levitation rail projects.

All of this is possible, but not without the individual possessing the liberty to create all of it. Government rules and regulations and taxation did not create the automobile, electricity, or any other 21st century technology that helped clean up the environment of horse manure in the streets and saved the largest animal on the planet. The creative mind of the individual did with minimum government interference.

Although no one has an inherent right to clean air and water, most individuals want such an existence. The free market pricing system accomplishes this better than any government controlled system. One only has to look at those systems where government regulation and control is the order of the day to find that those places have the dirtiest water and air.

Those places where government is in control of the transportation system, lines develop, wait time increases, and more breakdowns occur, making the transportation system more expensive.

To pay for all of it, in a government controlled society taxes must be paid by everyone, even those not using such systems, to provide the needed products and services. In a free market only those individuals that decide to use a particular product or service pay for that product or service.

In order for the American economy to become less dependent on imported oil, incentives to keep what one earns must exist. No matter what the society, government controlled or free, individuals look out for themselves and seek their own self-interest including government officials. The difference lies in who does the controlling, the individual or government officials. By allowing the individual to keep what he earns, the chances are enhanced that clean air, clean water, and less dependency on foreign oil result.

By doing the job government is intended to do, to punish and therefore restrict individuals from using force on one another to achieve the goal of a clean environment and to enforce contracts freely made between individuals, individuals are then free to give what the consumer desires since each individual on the planet is out to maximize his own well-being.

Less government rules and regulations and less taxation upon individuals and companies to do business can and does result in a greater chance of more clean air and water existing, less dependency on foreign oil, and more efficient transportation systems developing.

America has drifted very far from its once proud heritage of individual liberty toward a government controlled economy causing the air and water quality to deteriorate in recent years and the increased dependency on foreign sources of energy. Government is not the solution to protecting the environment and providing an energy source. Individual liberty has provided both in the most cost effective and efficient manner throughout history.

Mr. Ricardo Valenzuela, advisor to recently elected president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, president of Liberty Americas Foundation in Tucson, and former rancher, banker, and editorial writer, will be the featured guest at The Freedom Library Annual Education Forum November 2 at 7 PM at the Booth Machinery conference hall located at Araby Road and 30th Street. His topic, “The future of freedom in Mexico and its impact on Arizona and the United States,” is very timely.

Scholarship applications continue to be taken by The Freedom Library for its education program in order for individuals to learn more about the United States Constitution. Remit a completed application by going to, call 726-8050, or stop by The Freedom Library any Tuesday at 6 PM to give yourself an opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship. Individuals of all ages 12 and up are eligible. The public is invited.

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