Lately I feel like I’ve been not blogging about the ongoing ecological catastrophe we all find ourselves in. In fact it’s always in the forefront of my mind. Every time I turn on the water faucet I’m reminded of the drought going on around America. Every time I step outside and see the amazing amount of cars just burning up oil I’m reminded of the need to act now to get off of fossil fuels.
This also comes at a time right after the 350.org people have been demanding that Obama veto the transCananadian tar sands pipe line. No doubt it would be a huge step backwards if we actually started to build that thing.
So instead of the government making decisions to move us onto a sustainable energy grid, I see that Obama is actually limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to curtail pollution. Here’s the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/03/science/earth/03air.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2
So what in the world are the fools in Washington thinking? The New York Times said that Obama went this direction because he believed it would be good for job growth.
But there is still a better solution to this job problem while also working towards a sustainable infrastructure.
Here’s what should be happening: A massive sustainability overhaul to our country. Millions of jobs can be created to make, and install solar panels, wind turbines, wave and tidal technology, geothermal, and biomass. Between these and a conservative energy plan, we would be able to keep up our energy consumption while putting a stranglehold on our levels of pollution.
Why are more people not demanding this of their government?
Are we really so content and distracted that we would prefer to simply exhaust the oil supply and then start eating each other alive?
I might be willing to give Obama one more chance to do something good – like veto the tar sands pipe line – but if that doesn’t happen then it seems clear that the change that was promised is completely hopeless.