NOTE: If it comes off like I am attacking a single political party or ideology, it is not my intention. I believe every politician is guilty of this somewhat.
Being stewards of the environment is nothing new. It has been written about from the Bible to Emerson, but Modern Environmentalism probably originated in 1950s. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring comes to mind almost immediately. We all picture “hippies” standing in front bulldozers, or protesting in hordes. They brought us some great things like The Endangered Species Act and National Parks. Environmentalism started out as a group of concerned people trying to conserve natural resources, but somewhere along the line they became another special interest group funneling money to disinterested, corrupt politicians.
Conservation is an inherently good thing. I believe if everyone heard a sparrow’s heartbeat they couldn’t be capable of horrible things people do to the environment. It is a matter of ignorance, not evil. A major way to turn away the majority of the population is to make saving that little sparrow political. It shouldn’t be. Left, right, up, or down, your political influence shouldn’t have anything to do with recycling or not. It comes down to this: most politicians are charlatans. This is true of all politicians, Republican, Democrat, foreign, or domestic. When people view politicians do bad things it reflects badly on the movement itself. Don’t believe me?
1 in 4 Americans think that global warming is not happening. It would easy to write off that Americans that simply stupid, and don’t know about climate change, but let’s think about it for a moment. Former Vice President Albert Arnold “Al” Gore, Jr, is the self proclaimed advocate for climate change.
He is chairman of The Climate Reality Project, has authored many books on the subject, and has received a Nobel Peace Prize.
Well, obviously his time in the White House was spent furthering the cause of Environmentalism.
Gore crafted the High Performance Computing Act of 1991 and launched the GLOBE program in 1994. He also pushed for the Kyoto Protocol, but that’s all that he wanted to share about his decade in politics. From what I have observed he just talked about it… a lot. It appeared he made no effort to even try to change to way we do things. I mean, if simply talking about an issue warrants a cult and a Nobel Prize, I’ll be waiting for mine in the mail. If you go to his website you see him trying to force a book down your throat and in tiny print “Please join the conversation”.
Gore’s not the only one with luke-warm responses to environmental issues. Presidents Xi Jingping and Barack Obama recently reached a bilateral agreement to reduce carbon emissions. The landmark agreement, jointly announced in Beijing, includes new targets for carbon emissions reductions of 26 to 28 percent from the United States by 2025, and a first-ever commitment by China to stop its emissions from growing by 2030.
By 2080, Florida will sink into sea. See how ridiculous that statement was? This is often the trend in legislation. I think I’ll call it “Kick-the-Can Conservation”. The Endangered Species Act did not offer protection for threatened species in 2000, it offered them protection immediately. Promising to do something 15 years from now when it is not your problem anymore, is just a blatant publicity stunt. If the next presidents reach this goal with our current system I will be be shocked. How can we expect average people to take conservation seriously when the Leader of the Free World won’t?