Today,the big day, the Americans are going to vote !. Being a European i know how important the U.S Presidential Election is for us Europeans. President Obama is ( the way i look at it ) the first American President who takes real action on environment-issues and climate-change and i am aware of the importance of Michelle Obama’s hard work and action for her better food program. Around the world there’s a growing awareness about green-matters like locally produced food and the importance of green in the city .
With all of the candidate’s talk about looking out for the concerns of the people and national security, they generally aren’t pointing out the effect that climate change will have on the country, or the effect that it is currently having.
According to records, the US has suffered the worst drought since 1956, which has seen crops fails and prices rise, but Romney has spent the last several months denying such facts. Most recently on NBC’s Meet the Press, he irked many scientists and environmentalists by saying: “I’m not in this race to slow the rise of the oceans or to heal the planet. I’m in this race to help the American people.”
Considering the impact of climate change, it is shocking that the Republican Party has spent most of this election year denying that it is even happening. Even Romney, who argued for reductions in carbon emissions when he governed Massachusetts, now comes out with comments such as this when asked if the planet is getting hotter: “I don’t know that, but I think that it is. It could be a little. It could be a lot. My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.”
However, while Romney is denying that climate change is even occurring, President Obama is hardly talking up his green initiatives, or the fact that since he has been in office domestic oil and natural gas production has increased every year since 2009. In fact, in 2011, American oil production reached the highest level in nearly a decade and natural gas production reached an all-time high.
President Obama being the Best Green President of the U.S.A by far , but what do we know about Mitt Romney Green Conscience and if he indeed has got one !. Mitt Romney puts forth not an environmental plan , but an energy plan that hinges on three policy planks. First, Romney wants to implement “significant regulatory reform.” This involves fast-tracking resource ( like; coal, oil, and natural gas) development projects, ensuring that environmental laws take “cost” into consideration, eliminating the Federal Government’s authority to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act .
Second, as the United States has been “blessed with a cornucopia of carbon-based energy,” Romney advances a policy of “increasing production.” With the Clean Air Act no longer standing in the way of prosperity and security, under a Romney administration all avenues for energy production would be explored.
Including drilling for oil and shale oil in places like the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which are home to some of the country’s most environmentally sensitive areas.
President Obama responded to significant pressure from the environmental community to halt, at least until 2013, making a decision about the development of the Keystone XL pipeline (a project which climate scientist James Hansen said would mean “game over for the planet”), Romney intends to give the green light to such projects that would help to ensure America’s continued dependence on oil.
Third, in an effort to achieve his goal of reducing the size of government and reining in excessive spending, Romney proposes merely redirecting the existing budget to focus on “research and development.” Instead of using grants, loans, and tax incentives to fund “politically favored” but ultimately not economically viable pet projects in solar power and wind technology, the GOP Presidential candidate would simply reallocate money earmarked for clean tech to go toward basic research.
But we’ll give it to the president, as he at least knows the benefits of alternative energy and green jobs. “We can’t have an energy strategy for the last century that traps us in the past,” he’s said. “We need an energy strategy for the future – an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy.”
So American voters no matter if your a Democrate,Republican , independent , or an undecided voter, if the future of the environment in the United States is one your top concerns this upcoming election, your choice for President is as clear as the air and water you want to see preserved for future generations.
Urbanflora/ Michael Bakker