Virginia officials have been resisting new federal efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay through the issuance of pollution limits in a new Bay pollution “diet” (technically known as the draft Total Maximum Daily Load).
Yesterday, President Barack Obama took on these complaints during a dialogue about the economy with residents in south Richmond. And the President made the point that improving the environment often helps the economy, instead of hurting it, as critics often claim.
“For a long time we tended to think of the environment in conflict with the economy, right? The notion was clean air, clean water is nice to have, but if it comes down to it, it's more important that we have jobs,” Obama told the audience.
“The point you're making is that clean air and clean water can improve the economy and create new jobs if we think about it in creative ways. And that's part of the argument that I've been making about clean energy,” he said.