The federal government is poised to make record investments in American infrastructure and the national debt continues to soar. At the same time, the impacts of climate change are all around us. Heat waves are ravaging the country, hurricanes are battering the Southeast and wildfires rage out of control across the West.
Green Scissors presents a solution to both our environmental and wasteful spending problems from an unlikely coalition of environmental, public interest, free market and taxpayer organizations. U.S. PIRG, Environment America, R Street Institute, Taxpayers for Common Sense and Friends of the Earth have chosen 2021 to revive Green Scissors, a project that began in the early 1990s, because of the urgency of the problems we’re facing now.
The idea behind Green Scissors is simple. The federal government should stop spending billions of taxpayer dollars on wasteful and environmentally harmful programs. This spending adds to the deficit and fails to protect the public interest. The majority of the Green Scissor list represents handouts to special interests that prop up polluting industries. Cutting this spending will reduce pollution and free up money that can be spent on modern infrastructure investments, such as clean energy and transportation.