There is no choice

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: June 27 ed­i­to­rial “Tough call: jobs or en­vi­ron­ment.” I have prob­lems with the head­line. Hous­ton learned that be­cause of air pol­lu­tion, it was dif­fi­cult to at­tract em­ploy­ees. Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi, Alabama and Florida are re­al­iz­ing that it will be nearly im­pos­si­ble to at­tract va­ca­tion­ers and em­ploy­ees with a pol­luted Gulf.

Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Travel As­so­ci­a­tion, travel has a $94 bil­lion eco­nomic im­pact in those states, and travel sup­ports the jobs of about 310,000 jobs in those states. I have been in those states on sev­eral trips, and nearly all of them in­volved some time on the Gulf Coast.

Don’t as­sume that it is a choice of jobs or en­vi­ron­ment. There is no choice. It is jobs and en­vi­ron­ment. Jerry Ak­ers


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