And all of this is done to produce something that most Americans consider a nuisance. A 2007 Zogby poll found that 89 percent of Americans support the creation of a “Do Not Mail” registry similar to the popular “Do Not Call” list to block unwanted telemarketing. Other Western nations already offer citizens this service, which would be voluntary, so that anyone who wishes to receive unsolicited advertisements would be unaffected.
Congress is expected to vote on postal reform legislation early in 2012. This gives the environmental movement the chance to score a real victory for Mother Earth—and one that the American people would actually support. Yet there has been no push by Democratic lawmakers or encouragement from the environmental left to create a “Do Not Mail” registry.
Like with the Keystone Pipeline, Democrats likely see this as another issue that pits environmentalists against unions. The financially-strapped postal service would lose revenue if it was no longer paid to put unwanted flyers and catalogs in our mailboxes. It's union workers lugging all that paper around, and their paychecks could be in jeopardy if the practice is curbed.
Yet the Green movement and Obama Administration had no problem opposing job creation—including union-job creation—in the Keystone Pipeline battle. Looking at the two issues different political treatment, one can't help but conclude that much of environmental movement's primary interest is advancing big government and discouraging private sector growth, with environmental concerns little more than a fig leaf covering those true aims.
The American people—who want job creation, accessible energy resources, and a healthy environment—shouldn't fall for the hype of big-government environmentalists. They should support common sense policies like the Do Not Mail registry that improve the environment, without needlessly sacrificing economic progress.
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