Why Republicans Should Lead On Environmentalism

By: William Larsen  –  October 20th 2015 –  Civilians News – “News For All Views”  –  Why Republicans Should Lead On Environmentalism – 

Since when do conservatives, oppose conservation?

I’m sick of the annual income reports and quarterly profit sheets, driving Washington D.C. today…… When is the Republican party going to get back to what made this country great?….. Because I believe what once made America great was “long term sustainability”…….

It is my opinion, that no issue confirms the need for long term approaches toward economics, more than the issue of the Keystone Xl pipeline.

Last January, House Republicans voted to build Keystone, 270 to 152 in the House of Representatives…… However, only 1 House Republican voted against the bill…… a Representative from Michigan named Justin Amash. (*Thank you Justin).

This revelation is disappointing for a number of reasons…… First, because a spineless Democratic constituency, once again appears to be flip flopping on Keystone, worse than a gold fish on sand paper….. And second; because the vote to approve Keystone represents a turning point in national economic policy, which has seen a full scale shift towards prioritizing short term economic profits, over long term sustainability.

Worse yet, the issue of Keystone is bitterly partisan, signalling profound levels of corruption within Washington D.C. today…..

This year, Republicans have sided almost straight down party lines, ready to build the famed Keystone XL pipeline, “as soon as possible,” under the alleged guise of “job growth.” However, if Keystone is built…  how many so called “jobs” will be truly created from the project? Furthermore, how many of those jobs will still be around 10 years from now……….

Many environmentalists also fear that this issue may be the allegorical “Canary in the Coal Mine,” leading to irreversible environmental decay. It is not beyond reason to believe this issue in and of itself, realistically could actually lead to the downfall of the human race entirely….. Furthermore, many scientists fear this type of degradation to Earth’s ecosystems, may one day lead to record global warming triggering a variety of long term economic setbacks, which could actually cost America far more money down the line.

In the past century, Earth’s biodiversity has become egregiously threatened and as more species die out into extinction, issues such as Keystone grow in importance. Today, 97% of scientists agree that climate change is, in fact, very real, accompanied with findings from both the federal government and NASA backing up those claims. Meanwhile a minority of CORRUPT POLITICIANS continue to lobby for the US to build the Keystone xl Pipeline, in the name of annual profit margins, signalling greater issues within Washington, regarding corporate sponsorship and campaign finance reform….. IE CORRUPTION.

Many nations around the world have already witnessed record temperatures this decade, but even more startling, Earth’s Oceans ALL saw record warming this past year……. Look for yourself at the SMOG over LA, the SMOG forming over NY and the SMOG blanketing much of China today….. How obvious does it have to be that pumping Keystone is a bad idea for Earth’s future? On top of that, as big data and statistical analysis grows today and Americans continue “naturally talking about the weather,” doesn’t it feel as though the planet might be trying to tell us something?

To be frank, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to assume that taping into the remainder of Earth’s oil reserves and then burning that oil into the atmosphere, might have more than 1 or 2 negative side effects on the Earth’s environment….. Yet, that’s exactly what many so called, “conservatives,” are voting to do, in Washington D.C. today…..

LA covered in Smog and air pollution, blanketing the skyline. Source- www.neontommy.com

LA covered in Smog and air pollution, blanketing the skyline. Source- www.neontommy.com

This trend is nothing new in Washington simply serving as another example of short term growth, being prioritized over long term sustainability; boom and bust, boom and bust. Worse yet, this trend of gridlocked partisanship, once again illustrates the need for campaign finance reform and the importance of government watch dogs, over what clearly appears to be corrupt political practice, aiming to pass a bill which will benefit only a handful of companies, at the expense of the rest of the WORLD.

Photo source - humanevents.com This image is a view of what the proposed Keystone pipeline may look like.

Photo source – humanevents.com
This image is a view of what the proposed Keystone pipeline may look like.

When will “conservatives” focus on the bigger picture? When do “conservatives” ignore long term gains and sell out our future for short sighted profit sheets?…. Does that very approach, not go against the very definition of what it means to be a “conservative?”

That’s not the Republican party my Grand Parents belonged to….. This trend, in the House and Senate, where short term gains are consistently prioritized ahead of long term sustainability, is perhaps the most startling revelation surrounding this era of federal government spending….

In conclusion, I’d like to see more Republicans focus on the “bigger picture” and put the Americans they represent, ahead of corporate profit margins…. for a change…..  I think it’s time House Republicans LEAD THE CHARGE ON ENVIRONMENTALISM, as opposed to vehemently opposing it…… Conservation should, in essence embody what it means to be a conservative and it seems to me, that Environmentalism would be the perfect platform for true “conservatives” to LEAD on, in the future……

The Republican Party was founded on conservation and sustainability, not annual profit revenues…… It’s time our leaders got back to the meat and potatoes that built this country and stopped playing games in Washington. All too often it feels as though modern day Republicans are simply pandering to corporate sponsors and it’s time for a shift towards sustainability. It’s time to put the future first. It’s time to prioritize sustainability over quarterly revenues and since Democrats are flip flopping all over the issue of Keystone, maybe it’s time for Republicans to take the LEAD on environmentalism, because quite simply, “conservation is conservative.”


By: William Larsen

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