The Sisko Posted August 1, 2014 Share Posted August 1, 2014 The question for me has always been this-- where do we draw the line, in particular when we live in this global community where everyone else has to be on board. Bottom line is that is easier and cheaper to produce goods without restrictive environmental regulation. Less cost, more production, better economy relative to our competitors on an international scale. If we give a foot, how many inches do we need China to give? Or Russia? Or India? Is this just a global game of chicken? And if we submit while our competitors don't, are we going to lose our position as the economic powerhouse? Does that effect our national defense? Any here honestly want China acting as the world's police force? Is it too much of a gamble to invest in green energy now, because that's based on an assumption that it will not only be cheaper, but at least equally efficient in 30 years? Fossil fuel resources remain abundant. One thing I love about that sneaky little Obama guy (other than the fact that he had the nuts to finish off Bin Laden by invading the sovereignty of a feux-ally) is that the U.S. is now (correct me if i'm wrong) the No. 1 producer of oil in the world, thanks to new methods of extraction (maybe its all forms of energy, I know natural gas and fracking is big). And we have massive, untapped off shore oil reserves, not to mention Alaska. Gives us a nice little cushion to continue the green energy charge, and I believe we need to take the lead. Just not at the expense of sacrificing too much. This is exactly the adult conversation we should be having about climate change. However it's easier and more effective for the GOP to pander to their base with lies, misdirection and foolishness. I wonder why that might be and who benefits from it? Well, as the saying goes, just follow the money. Mike posted some pretty good links for that purpose. That's not to say that the Dems are perfect or even good. They're subject to the same institutionalized graft of our political/legal system as the GOP is. As Skinsmarydu said, our choices are pretty lousy. Either vote for the lesser of two evils or even worse, don't vote at all. The sad truth about us as a country is that until things get so awful that people are ready to go nuts en-masse, e.g. the great depression, we're happy to sit back and take it like the ugly chick in the porno. We blather on about how much we love freedom, freedom ain't free and how much we're willing to die for our country and all that nonsense. However at the same time we won't bother to actually take a few minutes to become informed about issues and think critically about who we're voting for and why. As a result, we get the government we deserve because we continually allow the likes of Honey Boo Boo to drive our agenda and elect our "leaders". To paraphrase David Cross regarding W's use of the phrase "They hate our freedom", when I look at what we've done (or failed to do) with our freedom, hell, I hate it too. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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