With the Cash for Clunkers program getting rolled out tomorrow and Cap and Trade being passed by the House, I thought I’d look at the green movement again. To do so with any accuracy you must define what green really is.
If you take the liberal definition, which is the one used by most media and politicians, it means to restrict and tax energy use at almost any cost to the people (or should I say businesses). The Cap and Raid tax, if passed by the Senate, will force this country into second rate status. We already have a hard enough time competing with other countries with better tax and regulatory structures. Now with this tax on our businesses, we’ll be devastated in the world market. The ironic thing is, our businesses, currently working under heavy EPA regulations, will move to China and other countries where environmental regulations are almost nonexistent, causing more pollution, not less.
That same irony exposes the Cash for Clunkers program. The absolute greenest thing you can do is drive your car until the wheels fall off. Energy and resources are wasted with every new car purchase. With each new vehicle built, we use more energy and resources. Even if you have an old 1972 Chevy pick-up with a 454 engine getting seven miles per gallon downhill with the wind, trading that vehicle in for a new one is a net loss of resources and is harder on the environment.
But the environment isn’t really what Democrats are concerned about. This is a political movement for them designed to gain votes – especially from the younger demographic. What they don’t realize is the younger demographic actually does care about the environment; so much so that many times the environment is first or second on their list of most important issues.
Since Republicans don’t want to be just the party of no, we have an opportunity to use our conservative ideals while promoting a greener nation. Just like with cars, the best thing you can do for the environment is to stay in the old government building and not build new. In the name of being green, our government must not add on or build new from this day forward. In fact, to save the environment and prevent global warming or climate change, we should shut down the most wasteful and least efficient facilities in the country…the Department of Education, the IRS, the National Endowment for the Arts, and every other wasteful government agency.
So as conservatives it is only natural that we are better stewards of this land. We must conserve resources by limiting the size and scope of government. If we don’t, we will end up under two miles of ice or two miles of water or really bad hurricanes or no rain or too much rain or too cold or too hot or locusts or volcanoes or earthquakes or eventually the sky falling…I think those are all the consequences laid out by Gore and his mindless minions. Whether these things would actually happen is inconsequential, we need to capitalize on the green attitude of voters. We can use this movement to advance conservatism without destroying prosperity.
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