|Obama encourages showroom environmentalism|
|Written by Kristin McMurray|
|Wednesday, 21 July 2010 12:09|
Yesterday, in a "Do as I say, not as I do" moment Obama asked that federal employees give up unnecessary travel and encouraged them to take public transportation instead of driving cars. This wasn't an effort to tackling the ever-looming national deficit, but rather a showroom effort to cut carbon emissions.
On the same day of Obama's request, it was revealed that 175 people died in South America this winter from the record-breaking cold. Not only did people suffer but their livelihoods suffered significantly with many herds dying in the freezing temperatures. These tragedies occurred in a year, where due to recession, America's carbon output was 7 percent less than previous years.
Perhaps it is time for the current administration to stop putting so much stock into co2's impact, and instead look to making it easier for American businesses to invest in economic developments in developing countries. Free enterprise will bring desk jobs to South America, and with that I'm sure central heading / air conditioning will follow (along with more Starbucks and Subways).
What it boils down to is if the current administration would like to give the appearance of caring about people, or if they'd like to actually enable them to live better lives.
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