Friday, May 9, 2014

The Right Is in Denial

The Right does not want to recognize reality, and as a result, they are looking like complete fools to the rest of the world. Anything the Left says, even if it’s obviously true, the Right will contradict it. It’s really getting to be ridiculous. One area where the Right is in complete denial has to do with climate change. Now I know it is a controversial issue, particularly regarding its cause. However, there is enough data to clearly demonstrate that some sort of climate change is taking place. I also know that statistics can be manipulated, and that there is a lot of junk science out there as well. Nevertheless, I believe there is enough data showing that something is definitely happening to the planet. Yet the Right consistently denies it.

I don’t think the Right should debate what is occurring, but what are the causes. Since the Industrial Revolution got underway, humans have been spewing all kinds of smoke and pollution into the atmosphere. In the late 20th century, with China and India becoming more industrialized, more and more pollutants ended up in the air. Common sense tells you that there is a human element to climate change by the sheer volume of what’s released into the atmosphere each day. I believe we have overwhelmed the atmosphere’s ability to cleanse itself, and as a result, more pollution stays in the air, causing climate change. There are other causes, such as El NiƱo, natural atmospheric cycles, and cutting down the rainforests, but it makes sense to attack the one obvious cause: man-made pollution from factories, power plants, and cars and trucks.

We must reduce this pollution if for no other reason than we shouldn’t be breathing it in! Forget about climate change – I don’t want to breathe that stuff in and get lung cancer, COPD, or some other terrible disease. Of course it can’t be just the United States and Western Europe that should invest in pollution controls. Other industrialized nations such as China, India, Russia, Japan, Korea, and Brazil must also do their part in reducing pollution significantly.

So I wish the Right would wake up and not be in denial. They are just making themselves look foolish.

On another topic, the Republicans should not focus on repealing Obamacare, but should strive to make adjustments to improve it. That program is seriously flawed but with some substantial adjustments, I believe it could turn out to be beneficial. The Democrats should take a hard look at Obamacare and realize that improvements must be made for the good of the country. Every government program has unintended consequences, and they should be addressed before too much harm is done. One glaringly necessary adjustment is tort reform. That alone would significantly reduce the cost of medical care in this country.

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