I understand why Al Gore doesn’t want to run. Someone who actually won the last election and wasn’t elected President probably lost all faith in the American political system. Besides that, he probably feels that he can affect more change as a philanthopist than as a political leader. That may have been true 4 years ago, but now enough people have taken up his cause that he can step down and do what America really needs him to do – repair our reputation with the rest of the world. Hopefully those people who didn’t believe in Global Warming or Climate Change will give it a little more thought now that Gore has won the Nobel Prize. The truth is, we need a leader. Whether it’s Al Gore or someone else, we need someone who is respected by the American people and the world community at large.
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I had an argument with my parents this week about the environment. My parents don’t feel that it’s an important issue, even though they believe that Global Warming is happneing. It’s not that they don’t know what they can do, or that they can’t afford to do everything they can. They just don’t care. I find that type of behavior appalling (and quite disheartening), especially in my own parents. There is no reason why every one of us shouldn’t be doing SOMETHING to help the environment. Instead, my parents leave the lights on in their house almost all the time, leave the air conditioning on when they’re not in the house, and put absolutely horrible things into their bodies. They do have a Hybrid, but only because it saves money on gas.
If you’re not going to do anything to improve the environment, the LEAST you can do is try not to destroy it any further. It’s not even all that inconvenient. Here are 3 things that require very little change on your part: Use compact florescent bulbs. Take your own canvas bags to the supermarket rather than using paper or plastic. Turn off or unplug electric devices you’re not using.
Over 250,000 tires made in China have been recalled, which is just the latest in a serious of dangerous and impure products to come out of China recently. We can’t cancel our trade agreements with them because (and this is just a theory) we owe them millions of dollars. It’s possible that a condition of the loans we’re receiving is that we take goods from China not matter what’s in them. Should we really be buying things from a country that has come to be known as “the Wild West” of manufacturing?
We’re not the only ones who are having problems with Chinese goods. Poisonous cough medicine was shipped to Panama, killing at least 119 people. In light of recent events, Americans should be boycotting goods from China. Besides the many human rights violations happening daily in China, there extremely harmful effects to the envirionment from having goods shipped halfway around the globe. We don’t need many of the things we’re getting from China, and those we do need can be made right here (such as: apple juice, candy, dried garlic, cocoa butter, sausage casings, and dried berries). The government contends that avoiding food products from China is nearly impossible, but that’s not true if you’re able to shop locally or you can afford to shop organically. If you can’t, eat at your own risk.
We have a problem with our highways and bridges in America. Many people attribute the problem to the wide range of weather that assaults our asphalt, but that wouldn’t be an issue if the roads were constructed correctly in the first place. Most of our roads are built the same way, with no regard for the amount of traffic, the stability of the ground below, and the weight of the cars (SUV’s, or Hummers) driving on it, like the German engineers who, as always, have put a great deal of thought into the construction of the Autobahns. *It is hubris to think that the United States has weather conditions that cannot be conquered when it has been done consistantly better many parts of the world. The reasons that roads decay speaks more to our system of government than it does to our systems of weather.
Our roads, by comparison, are falling into the Mississippi river. The roads that aren’t completely dissolving are being repaired so often that it’s impossible to drive across most states without running into construction. *It is part of the American culture to accept that things break and our governments and unions know how to capitalize on that. To find out why our roads aren’t being constructed properly in the first place, we first need to ask who benefits from the constant repairs on our highways. Then we need to demand some ACTUAL road construction where all factors are considered BEFORE the path is paved. Constant construction contributes to the emission of tons of carbon dioxide (through slowed traffic, the transport of materials, and environmentally unsound construction vehicals), the use of copious amounts of fuel, and the heating of constrction materials that are destructive to the environment.
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I don’t believe in supporting the movie industry. I think it has sold out in a variety of ways, and I’m not going to get into them now. I haven’t gone to see it yet, but I feel I should support Evan Almighty for its work in creating a green set. Whatever your stance on Global Warming, it goes without saying that humans need to reduce their impact on the environment. I applaud Universal Studios, director Tom Shadyac, and The Conservation Fund for setting a new standard for making movies.
In the same general vein, Big Ideas for a Small Planet on the Sundance Channel has become one of my favorite series. It has given us a lot of great ideas for things we can do around the house and organizations we can get involved in to help reduce our carbon footprint.
And in totally off-the-wall environmental news, a lake in Chile has disappeared recently. It’s probably not due to Global Warming, though a rise in the suspected earthquakes may be connected to climate change.
Today is National Impeachment Day. For those of you who disagree with the job President Bush has done and will continue to do, please call attention to the administrations impeachable offences today on your blog. If you can’t do that, put up a sign in your front yard, in your window, on your car, or write it on your forehead. Here are just some of the reasons why President Bush and Vice President Cheney should be impeached:
President Bush introduced and The Patriot Act, which puts no limits on what the government can do to form a case, arrest, and detain a US Citizen without telling them what they’re being accused of or allowing them access to a lawyer.
President Bush and his Administration initially lied to the American people about why we were going to war with Iraq, and has continued to lie about the purpose of the war, the management of the war, and what is happening to our soldiers.