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I can’t stress how important facts are – facts derived from vigorous research, and the ability to replicate that research. People can believe what they want to “believe” but the natural world works on science and if we don’t understand it we can not adapt or make rational decisions. Too often our policy makers legislate ideology disregarding practical reality. Abortion is a prime example. Make abortions illegal all you want but people will still need them for a myriad of reasons. Abortions aren’t going away no matter how hard we wish them to so we need to legislate that if education is still not enough then safe medical care is not outlawed.
The environment is another area where science has to be the go to metric. Sea levels are rising and pollution is bad for our health. Once we get beyond the climate cover up by the polluting industries we can address and implement the changes necessary to preserve our billion dollar coastal economies. People come to the shore because the air is clean and you can swim in the water. If you change that our economy declines. Implementing a carbon tax will preserve jobs. Promoting roof top solar will create a multi generational boom in job creation. Moving away from a profit driven healthcare system will lower health care costs and increase productivity.
These are well established facts but money in politics has crippled our ability to govern practically for the macro-economy (another well established fact). We need true patriots willing to be brave and stand up and do the morally correct thing for the Country.
Everybody wants to make a quick buck and I understand that but I suggest that the power brokers take a look at the sky at night. This planet is separated from an airless, dead, cold universe by a whisper thin layer of oxygen that keeps us all alive. No amount of money can replace the natural resources we aim smokestacks at day after day, year after year pumping into it tons of pollutants. It’s maddengliy stupid to massively destroy the environment that sustains our very being for business as usual.
Man made chemicals like paint thinner are stripping away the natural atmosphere, water and food chain from the abundant planet we found ourselves born into changing and infiltrating a life supporting system into a desolate waste land. No amount of money can replace the ecological system we depend on for our very survival. Clean air, clean water and a clean food chain is more important second to none for survival on this planet more so than profit, borders or religion.
But everybody thinks I’ll make this last one deal and it will be okay. I’ll tear down this one last mountain and it will be okay. I’ll fracture this one last part of the crust and it will be okay. I’ll destroy this one last head water system and stream and it will be okay. I’ll spill this one last billion of barrels of oil and it will be okay. I’ll launch this one last rocket and it will be okay. I’ll fight this one last war and it will be okay. I’ll spread this one last pesticide and it will be okay. WRONG!
You can not take care of the future if don’t take care of the present. It’s never the future. Its always TODAY. You make the changes needed TODAY and that’s how the future is made.