– Why Republicans Should Lead On Environmentalism –
Since when do conservatives oppose conservation?
I believe what once made America great, was and still is, “long term sustainability”…….
It is of my belief that no other issue confirms this need more than the Keystone Xl Pipeline.
Last January, house representatives voted to build the pipeline, 270 to 152…… However, only 1 House Republican voted against this bill…… That Republican was 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, is once again flip flopping on Keystone worse than a gold fish on sand paper…..
Second, because the vote to approve Keystone represents a full scale turn in economic policy. This in essence has become a landmark decision in Congress. Furthermore, this decision represents a full scale shift towards prioritizing short term profits over long term sustainability. This trend is simply unacceptable and does not fall in line with the ideals of the younger generation.
Worse yet, the issue of Keystone is bitterly partisan, in turn signalling profound levels of corruption within Washington D.C. today…..
This year, Republicans have sided almost straight down party lines on the issue of Keystone. This has occurred in an effort to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, “as soon as possible,” under the guise of job growth. However, if Keystone is built… how many of those so called “jobs” will still be around 10 years from now……….
Many environmentalists fear this issue may have long standing negative consequences, congruent to the allegorical, “canary in the coal mine.” That is to say, building Keystone XL Pipeline could lead to irreversible environmental decay. It is not beyond reason to believe this issue in and of itself, could realistically lead to the downfall of the human race. Furthermore, many scientists fear this type of environmental degradation may one day lead to global warming, in essence triggering a variety of long term economic setbacks. This in turn could actually cost American’s far more money down the line.
Over the past century, Earth’s biodiversity has become egregiously threatened. As more and more species fall into extinction, issues such as the Keystone XL Pipeline grow in importance. Today, 97% of scientists agree that climate change is very real. This is a fact, as confirmed by findings from both the federal government and NASA. Meanwhile, a minority of CORRUPT POLITICIANS continue to lobby for the US to build the Keystone xl Pipeline anyway. This is being done in the name of annual profit margins, signalling greater issues within Washington DC today. For this reason, the vote to build Keystone, in essence illustrates a larger problem regarding corporate sponsorship and campaign finance reform…..
Many nations around the world have already witnessed record temperatures this decade. Even more startling, Earth’s Oceans ALL saw record warming this past year…….
Look for yourself at the SMOG over LA. How obvious does it have to become that pumping Keystone is a bad idea for Earth’s future? On top of that, as statistical analysis becomes a larger and larger part of the American economy, while simultaneously 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 burning the remainder of Earth’s oil into the atmosphere, might have more than 1 or 2 negative consequences. Yet, that is exactly what many self proclaimed, “conservatives,” are voting to do in Washington D.C. today…..
This trend is nothing new in Washington D.C.. America’s boom and bust, boom and bust economic cycle is no longer working for future generations, while also creating unprecedented levels of economic corruption. Worse yet, this trend in gridlocked partisanship, regarding clear cut issues, once again illustrates the importance of government watch dogs.
When will “conservatives” focus on the bigger picture? When do true “conservatives” ignore long term gains in favor of short sighted profits?…. It is my opinion, that this very approach goes against the very definition of what it means to be a “conservative,” itself?
In conclusion, conservatives should stand in favor of conservationism, both ecologically and economically……. because once upon a time, that’s what it used to mean to be “conservative.”
By: William Larsen
Civilians News – “News For All Views”