The environment should not be a political issue. It is a health issue! Don't we all want our kids to be healthy? We all need clean water and clean air. Who wants to eat food with pesticides? How about BPA in plastics? Emissions from coal burning plants?
I was watching the second Presidential debate and listening to Romney and Obama trying to outdo each other on who will do more drilling and who is a better friend of coal.
And I could imagine in the not so distant past the same guys talking about supporting steam engine manufacturing in America to create more jobs. Because some kind of stinky internal combustion engine is a pie in the sky.
And I thought of the coming ecological crises, and of toxic air and water, and I thought of my kids and grandkids and what their world will look like if we do not come to our senses. I remembered the everglades in Florida, where Indian tribes used to live, that is now toxic from the pesticides of the sugar cane fields.
Romney was accusing the President of delaying the Keystone pipeline, and the President avoided the answer. Why is it a taboo for politicians to talk about the environment?
We call it "the environment"--this very delicate balance between life and death, this wonderful, self-sustaining living organism, the Earth. The environment is this rare and beautiful living world that keeps us alive. We as a species are inseparable from the environment.
We humans are exceptional in the sense that we are the only species on the planet capable and willing to destroy it, our environment, and in doing so to destroy ourselves.
Climate change, fresh water crises, mono culture, mutant bacteria, new and frightening diseases threaten our very existence.
And yet the politicians do not talk about it.
Drilling for more jobs, burning coal for more jobs, fracking for more jobs, cheap gasoline to burn for more jobs- a sad, mad, blind rush to extinction.
Economists and politicians are talking about the need to "grow our economy" This blind addiction to growth remind me of hoards of locusts dying after devouring their food supply until their is nothing left for their sustainability.
I hope eventually humanity will come to it's senses. I hope.
But recent events dashed whatever remains of my optimism. In a radio interview with Voice of Christian Youth America, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) argued that his belief that global warming is a hoax is biblically inspired. Promoting his bookThe Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, Inhofe told interviewer Vic Eliason on Wednesday that only God can change the climate, and the idea that manmade pollution could affect the seasons is “arrogance“
Several years ago I saw a film about two hotel maids. In this film, whose name is beyond my recall and my googling ability, one young maid asks the other, “What are rich people afraid of?” Her friend, and fellow housekeeper responds, “Not being rich.”
Perhaps, that is the problem. The super-moneyed of this nation are just insecure. The oil baron Koch brothers are frightened. Billionaire casino owners, Wall Street manipulators, and those incredibly affluent CEO’s of the US Chamber of Commerce are terrified. That’s it. That’s why they spend their waking hours and hard earned millions on electing and influencing office holders. They are protecting their stuff. And their tactics seem to be working.
GingRich blames the poor of this country. Fraudulent mortgages, and concocted derivatives were not the culprits. The financial instruments that caused our country's economic chaos were food stamps. Ya see, it’s simple, there are just too many poor folk (aka Blacks) who love to get something for nothing. That S.O.B. Obama is taking our money, giving it to those greedy bastards (his people), and they are using food stamps to buy cheese for their kids. That’s the problem; it’s those people of color using food stamps. It’s obvious and it’s intolerable!
Romney (did you ever notice that 83% of his name consists of M-O-N-E-Y?) , a man with a net worth of hundreds of millions, who is building a twelve million dollar home so his grandkids can comfortably visit, pays an effective tax rate of 15% , yet audaciously accuses Obama of inciting the “bitter politics’ of envy.” My God, (Santorum’s advisor) that lying Obama has the chutzpah of making food stamp users envious of hard-working, job-making billionaires. The envy should be in reverse. Go ahead, name a billionaire CEO, who, given the opportunity, wouldn’t gladly give up his/her busy, mind draining day to live in the urban slum, have no worries and live off food stamps.
Those maids were so correct. It is exhausting to unceasingly plot, bribe, cajole, influence and lobby day after day to protect your billions. Guarding your wealth demands that you call for an end to the EPA and its regulations. The compulsion to protect your bundle demands sacrificing the future health and safety of your children and grandchildren. Your station in life demands this sacrifice. Jesus, (Rick Santorum, again) what a terrible drag.
And to top it off there are no guarantees. It is core rattling to think that the Romanovs of Russia had it all, and then, lights out. The Bourbons of France masterly had all working smoothly when, in a flash, they lost it all, including a couple of heads. They labored and toiled. They controlled the government, the courts, the religious leaders and whap, gone in an instant. Is there no security?
Romney’s, GingRich’s and Santorum’s puppeteers pull the strings; they own FOX and the Wall Street Journal. Yet, there is no guarantee of keeping the wealth. Add in the pesky Internet with its capacity to inform, and mobilize, and your really have tsouris.
The Koch’s of the world have choices. (I know; last week, I said there was no free will, but I can’t help myself) They can purchase armed guards, razor wire, and politicians while simultaneously despoiling the world and manipulating the people of few means to blame those of no means, or they can use their wealth and its concomitant power to make this a better and safer world; they can invest in the future, not plundering, but building. If they do the latter, my guess is they will still have a pretty nice lifestyle; of course, they would still have to do without those food stamps. Matt 1/19/2012
Environmental economists see the world a bit differently.
To them, the dangerous pollution that threatens the health of our kids and communities is nothing but a market failure – an example of socializing the cost of pollution while privatizing the profits.
Take your pick.
- A nuisance plant that multiplies too fast and that shows great tenacity and perseverance in continuing to grow where it is not wanted.
- Any undesired, uncultivated plant that grows out of place and competes with other plants for water, nutrients and space is a weed.
- Weeds are plants which grow where they are not wanted and if not kept under control they will compete with other for the nutrients and water in the soil.
- Any plant, usually herbaceous, that is a nuisance, interferes with other, intentionally grown plants, and is invasive.
- Rapid, unchecked growth
We are special!
This place is ours
Hungry for more
We are the strongest!
We deserve this
Destroy, exterminate all in our way!
All this is given to us, to us only.
Growing and multiplying.
Need food-more food.
We eat and multiply and destroy everything in our path.
Because we have the right.
We will always grow and multiply.
The more of us the faster we grow.
We need more food!
......Where is the food?...
- Invasive species:Indigenous or native species, that disrupt by a dominant colonization of a particular habitat from loss of natural controls (i.e.: predators or herbivores).