Environmental Issues

“You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the Lord dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.”

Numbers 35:33-34

We are the caretakers of our planet, nobody else if going to do it for us. As Sir Issac Newton taught us with the laws of physics “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. The same holds true with our environment. Everything we do from mowing our yards to the testing of nuclear weapons has some effect on the world around us. We just might not be aware of the outcome for many years or many generations to come. However, I don’t believe we need to panic just yet. We do need to be more aware than we have ever been, and stop hiding the truth behind profit margins or turning a blind eye out of convenience.

There has been a lot of talk and controversy about these two phrases. Global Warming and Climate Change. Neither of which seems to have a definitive answer or scientific conclusion. Theories, speculations, and some radical headlines have all made the rounds in all the various media outlets. The scientists can’t seem to come to complete agreement because they honestly don’t have enough data. Both phenomenon do occur regularly and normally in nature. There is enough science to prove that. The ice age is one extreme example of naturally occurring climate change. Global warming from either a huge volcanic eruption or meteor strike could have been the catalyst for either ending the ice age just as well as triggering it. While we do and should have concerns about carbon emissions, there still isn’t any conclusive evidence that we are approaching critical mass within the ecosystem. However, we should continue to monitor carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere and advancing our technologies to reduce our dependence on the fossil fuels that create them.

This is liable to create a short-circuit for a few people, but I support both Clean Energy and Fossil Fuels. Realistically speaking, fossil fuels have created our modern society. Giving us the means and power to create incredibly works of architecture, to ship massive amounts products across the land and seas, to fly thousands of people around the world in only few hours. Almost every aspect of our daily lives is currently connected to fossil fuels, in some way, shape or form. Advancements in technology created ways for fossil fuels to both burn cleaner and be used more effeciently. These same advancements gave rise to the clean energy technology that will eventually replace our dependence on fossil fuels. I embrace the possibilities that clean energy will eventually bring to humankind. I will support incentives to improve this research and develop new businesses to bring clean energy alternatives into the mainstream of daily life.