– Why New-Age 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 encapsulates this need for environmental protection(s), more than the issue of Keystone XL Pipeline.
Last January, The House Of Representatives voted 270 to 152, in favor of building the famed, “Keystone drilling Pipeline,” said to contain a vast amount of the Earth’s remaining fossil fuels….. and this vote was troubling to me, for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, this vote discouraged me because only 1 House Republican voted against the bill…… signalling partisan gridlock. (*That Republican was a Representative from Michigan, named Justin Amash.)
However, this vote was disappointing for a variety of other reasons, as well……
First, its disappoimtong because this vote once again indicates that the Democratic constituency, is flip flopping on Keystone, worse than a gold fish on sand paper…..
But secondly, this vote is disappointing to me, because by voting to approve Keystone were signalling a full scale shift in economic policy, favoring short sighted gains, over long term sustainability. And that trend also signals the prioritization of short sighted profit oriented reform policies, which I believe overshadow the need for other reforms, such as, “population caps,” and limiting green house gases, down the line.
Also, many of these issues surrounding Keystone XL Pipeline are bitterly partisan, in turn, also signalling corruption, within Washington, today…..
This year Congressional Republicans have sided almost entirely down party lines, particularly 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………. my guess is not many.
Furthermore, many environmentalists also fear that building Keystone might inevitably become congruent with the allegorical, “canary in the coal mine.” That is to say, building the Keystone XL Pipeline could lead to irreversible, environmental damage. Now, to take that 2 steps further, building this pipeline and drilling the Canadian oil targeted by Keystone… 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, down the line. This means…. that while the construction costs of building the Keystone Pipeline will create some jobs….. that the environmental damage caused by Keystone, could end up costing American’s much more money, down the line.
Furthermore, 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. That is a fact. Furthermore, this fact is confirmed by both, the federal government and NASA. Nevertheless, the main issue behind these debates continues to revolve around a minority of CORRUPT POLITICIANS, whom continue to lobby for the Keystone XL Pipeline, despite the long term environmental ramifications. Worse yet, many who support this pipeline, while again full well knowing the economic and environmental disadvantages that this construction project requires, simply don’t care.
Look at the smog over LA. How obvious does it have to be, for people to notice that pumping Keystone… is probably 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?
And for those reasons, I believe that the sole conservative party in America today, ought to lead on environmental reforms…… Furthermore, in my opinion this change in political ideology should’ve occured years ago. So, like these debates thus far, I’ll end where I started… since when do, “conservatives,” neglect conservation?
By: William Larsen
Civilians News – “News For All Views”