– Why Republicans Should Support Environmentalism –
Since when do conservatives… oppose conservation?
Because in my opinion, what once made America great, was and still is, “long term sustainability”…….
Furthermore, I believe that no other issue confirms the need for environmental protection(s), more than the issue of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Last January, The House of Representatives, voted 270 to 152, to build the famed, “Keystone XL Pipeline,” said to contain a vast amount of the Earth’s remaining fossil fuels….. and this vote was troubling, for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, this vote discouraged me personally, because only 1 House Republican voted against the bill…… That Republican was a Representative from Michigan, named Justin Amash.
However, this vote is disappointing, for a variety of reasons……
First, this vote once again indicates that the Democratic constituency, is flip flopping on Keystone, worse than a gold fish on sand paper…..
And second, because this vote to approve Keystone, represents a full scale shift in economic policy, towards favoring short term economic gains over long term sustainability. And worse yet, this trend also signals the prioritization of short sighted profit margins, overshadowing the need for other reforms such as, “population caps,” and limiting green house gases, down the line.
The issues surrounding Keystone XL Pipeline are bitterly partisan, in turn, also signalling profound levels of corruption, within Washington D.C. today…..
This year, Republicans have sided almost entirely down party lines, on the issue of Keystone. This has occurred in an effort to build a Keystone XL Pipeline, “as soon as possible,” under the guise of job creation. Nevertheless, if Keystone is built… how many of those, “jobs,” will still be around 10 years from now………. I would guess not many.
Many environmentalists also fear that this issue might inevitably become congruent with the allegorical, “canary in the coal mine.” That is to say, building Keystone XL Pipeline could lead to irreversible, environmental damage. Beyond just those reasons, for disapproving of the future pipeline, drilling this Canadian oil could also lead to advanced stages of global warming and in essence, trigger a variety of long term, negative side effects such as irrigation issues, flooding and food shortages. This means…. that while the construction costs of building the Keystone Pipeline will create some jobs….. that environmental damage caused by Keystone, could end up costing American’s more money, down the line.
Over the past century, Earth’s biodiversity has become egregiously threatened and as more species fall into extinction, issues such as the Keystone XL Pipeline, grow in importance. Today, 97% of scientists agree that climate change is real and man made. This is a fact. Furthermore, this fact is confirmed by both, the federal government and NASA. Nevertheless, the main issue in these debate, is that a minority of CORRUPT POLITICIANS, continue to lobby for the US Keystone XL Pipeline, even knowing the economic and environmental disadvantages that this construction project requires.
Look at the smog over LA. How obvious does it have to become, for people to notice that pumping Keystone, is a bad idea for Earth’s future?
On top of that, “as statistical analysis,” becomes a larger part of the American economy and simultaneously, Americans continue, “naturally talking about the weather,” doesn’t it feel as though the planet, just might be trying to tell us something?
For these reasons, I believe that the sole conservative party in America, ought to lead on environmental reforms…… Since when do, “conservatives,” neglect conservation?
By: William Larsen
Civilians News – “News For All Views”