Look at candidates' views on environment

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There is no starker difference between the presidential candidates than their views on the environment. The Republican platform makes no indication that their party believes in or is even apprehensive about possibility of climate change.

Every other country and political party on the planet has accepted that climate change is happening. Gov. Romney's energy plan is, frankly, irresponsible.

He plans to make the U.S. energy independent, a goal that every American agrees our country should aspire to, but Romney wants to do this by dramatically increasing the domestic production and consumption of coal and other fossil fuels.

Romney's platform plans to increase production by drilling in ANWR, expanding fracking and coal mining, building new nuclear plants.

Romney even wants to use extreme coal to gas technology, a technique so expensive and inefficient that is has only been used by desperately isolated countries like late Nazi Germany.

Romney argues that burning an abundance of American fossil fuels will decrease our trade deficit and create jobs, but he is ignoring the hidden cost of CO2 emissions accepted by almost every other government in the world.

Increasing CO2 is causing climate change that is affecting America and her interests right now.

More than 60 percent of the contiguous United States was in drought at the end of August. The Heartland was the hardest hit. The drought led to massive crop failures, which are increasing.

The Washington Post claims the Iowa corn harvest is down by 20 percent and, according to The Guardian American, Russian, Australian and British wheat crops have also failed. Wheat prices have already shot up by 25 percent.

The food shortages are expected to cause riots in impoverished nations, promoting greater turmoil in countries like Libya and Syria, which have already seen anti-American riots and even attacks on American embassies. The Obama administration recognizes the emerging social and political threats that climate change is creating and is prepared to combat them.

The Obama administration has been trying to fight climate change for the last four years by increasing funding for energy research and subsidizing renewable energy.

At the same time, the Obama administration has held no quixotic ideas that it can completely prevent climate change and recognizes the need to find ways to adapt to the brave new world of crop failures and intense storms, which will be the most important problems for humanity during the 21st century.

Matthew Akins

Walla Walla

Comments

usnmustang 2 years, 1 month ago

DON'T BELIEVE THIS OPINION DESERVES AN INTELLIGENT COMMENT!

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namvet60 2 years, 1 month ago

If anybody would research a little bit they would find that the EPA and the environmentalist are the biggest detriment to this God given country that has ever been in existence.

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barracuda 2 years, 1 month ago

I think the pink "kool-aid" is best....

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