I was roaming around The Huffington Post, reading up on the various news stories of the day. Eventually I came upon a wonderful little article where Rick Santorum was claiming Global Warming to be a “hoax”. My question becomes, “why does it even matter?” Why is there a fight against Global Warming in the first place? Why do Republicans and these so-called religious conservatives fight against the idea? Really, there’s only one answer to that question.
People like Rick Santorum don’t care about the environment, Americans, or their god’s creation. Santorum and those like him are paid by Big Oil to keep their mouth shut about the benefits of green energy and attack any of those that speak positively of green energy. If Santorum was truly a religious man, and cared an ounce about what his god created, he’d work hard to make sure we kept this environment safe, clean, and beautiful for future generations. The reluctance of politicians, on any side, to stand up for green energy only shows they are purchased entirely by Big Oil.
What’s the downside to renewable energy? For the people, there isn’t one. (Though there are morons that complain wind farms are an “eyesore”. I’m of the mindset they should just get over it and stop crying like spoiled brats.) However, for those in the fossil fuel industry, there’s much to lose. For corporations, everything is about profits. Green energy is nothing but a threat to these large corporations. Instead of trying to help better our society and environment, they pay politicians to work against the health and safety of the planet and the American people (as well as the people across the world).
Really, it’s not about Global Warming. Global Warming shouldn’t even matter. There’s no downside to using renewable energy. We could be using it within the next 10 years if our politicians would start working for the better of the American people, and not for the better of their own wallet. Our homes could be powered by a mixture of solar and wind energy. We could use this to power all electric cars. Removing ourselves entirely from oil (both foreign and local), coal, and nuclear energy.
Would this be cheap at first for the taxpayer? Not at all. Neither was getting the ball rolling on the oil industry, however. For those of you that don’t know, the government spends 4 billion (though some estimate more) a year of taxpayer money on oil subsidies. In 2011, Big Oil made 38 billion dollars in profits in their second quarter. Do they really need $4B in taxpayer money to help them make a gigantic profit? Hardly.
The attack against green energy because Global Warming is a “hoax” is just utter nonsense. Even if Global Warming is a hoax (in which case, I’m assuming you think yourself smarter than these guys), why does it even matter? Why are you defending the oil companies and their ridiculous profits? Part of the reason our economy is tanking is because people aren’t out buying things. Part of the reason people aren’t buying things is because they are spending so much of their money on gas, they can’t afford non-necessities anymore. Could gas prices be cheaper? After a $38B profit dollars in a single quarter? I’d say they could.
So at the end of the day, Global Warming is something that politicians claim isn’t provable, and sucker the American people into a false sense of what green energy would really do for them. Imagine how different our country would be if we didn’t depend on a finite source of energy. If we stop letting our politicians lie on behalf of Big Oil and start working for green energy today, there’s a strong chance we could be off of finite energy sources within the next decade. No more reliance on foreign oil, which means no more Middle-Eastern organizations using American taxpayer money to purchase weapons to attack our people. No more reliance on Big Oil, no more need to be in the Middle-East in the first place. Less war and cheaper energy, that’s the benefit of renewable energy that no politician wants you to know.