05/17/2013 Leave a comment
A response to a comment that ‘environmentalists are anti-American’.
Top military advisors have repeatedly stated that US dependence on fossil fuels is a serious vulnerability for our national defense for several reasons.
First, the relatively small amount of oil and natural gas reserves on US territory, 4% of the world total, means that the prices and reliable provision of these fuels are not within our control. Wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen and algae fuel could all be manufactured in America, by Americans, and purchased for American security without giving favors to other countries or obligating us to meet their demands.
Second, the disruption of the climate mostly caused by burning fossil fuels is a threat to peace. Increasing droughts, floods, rising seas, acid oceans and fires are reducing food and water supplies and increasing instability, unrest and pressures to emigrate, a serious pressure on our military.
Through tax incentives, regulations and financial support the US should be promoting clean energy. Refusing to supply our troops the safety of solar panels and insulation instead of the generators and tanks of oil that have caused so many of their deaths; that is anti-American.
Refusing to back production of scientifically safer energy technology which would also improve national manufacturing capabilities and exports, simply because that would mean giving credibility to the other political party; that is anti-American.
Letting corporations mostly owned by non-Americans pollute our land and send profits elsewhere; that is anti-American.
Demonization of environmentalism is an advertising tactic promoted by industries that earn profits from outdated and dangerous products. It is thoroughly American to protect the purity of our waters, the healthiness of our air and the freedom of our businesses to successfully market new and improved products free from unfair competition by entrenched monopolies.