Archive for category Environmental Issues
Democrats trash the Keystone pipeline because they think it will harm the environment, but they fail to explain how it will promote a cleaner environment. Truly, they have let rhetoric rule over reason. But have Republicans been any better in explaining their position? We care for our great land, so we should advance policies that reflect that. We should clearly research and describe how our proposals would preserve the environment. Most candidates for President have been swayed by big money interests, but why should voters, rank and file Republicans, let large corporations which are lacking in a social conscience dictate what we leave as an inheritance for our grandchildren? Although Republican stand for policies that will promote business in the US. that doesn’t mean we want to trash the environment. Instead of blowing off evidence that we have global warming or that pollution has damaged the ozone layer, we should explain how our polices won’t destroy our land.
Republicans can certainly do a better job of defending nuclear energy as a viable alternative. In addition to that, we should be putting forth proposals that promote common sense, environmental friendly energy sources. We could promote diesel fuel, for example, especially biodiesel fuel which is as clean or cleaner than gasoline. In Europe they realize that diesel vehicles get better mileage and is longer a dirty fuel so it is cheaper than gas. We should advocate removing the federal taxes that were placed on it to discourage its use. Oil companies, of course, would just as soon we continued to promote gas because it means more consumption and more profit for them. For once, Republicans could stand up and say, “We are not run by big oil companies but what is best for our country.
Chuck Colson got it right. (See his link below) Republicans and all Christians can and should be supportive of legislation that protects the environment. In their rush to promote business, Republicans are quick to trash the environment. We shouldn’t trash people to save the environment, but all too often we won’t investigate viable alternates that would make us better stewards of the world God gave us. Similarly, in our zeal to stimulate the economy, we are too willing to accept faulty reasoning or research just to buttress our position. Those who advocate drilling more oil wells fail to align their facts with reality. More domestic oil wells won’t produce oil for many years, and they won’t help the majority of Americans. Delayed increases in domestic oil production will keep oil prices artificially high and just put more money into coffers of big oil companies, Arab and domestic. Amazingly, the best solution for removing our dependence on Arab oil is also good for the environment, but politicians refuse to advocate it–we simply need to reduce the demand for oil. The biggest drops in gas prices have occurred quickly whenever consumer demand has dropped. Serious attempts at reducing the demand for gas would solve our economic imbalance of trade with other countries, and it would leave consumers more money to spent on goods and services that would make our economy hum. If Republicans are serious about wanting to boost our economy, then they should be leading the charge to levy luxury taxes on gas guzzling vehicles and in promoting mass transit and car pooling through tax incentives.
Bachman paints herself further in the extreme right corner by spewing forth conspiracy theories about environmentalists. How can Republicans hope to get her or anyone like her elected President? Americans want more freedom and less taxes which is good for winning Republican votes, but mainstream America doesn’t buy into her conspiracy theory, that environmental scientists are all liars, out to destroy our economy. Republicans need candidates that espouse reason about dealing with our environment.
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