Alaska the Beautiful

Alaska the Beautiful

One of the major contributors to Global warming as we all know is automobile exhausts. The more we use our cars to drive three blocks, or we drive huge stinking SUVs or we leave our engines on just to keep the AC working when we should roll down the windows, then the more we heat up the planet. One good move is that more and more car manufactures are building alternative fuel vehicles like Hydrogen cars or electric cars, or hybrids that produce less emissions. The problem is as long as gasoline is readily available the less incentive there is to manufacture or purchase these alternative vehicles. So if we are going to look into where we should be puting our public dollars to reduce global warming we should be looking at funding alternative feel vehicles not new gas or oil pipelines. For each alternative feel car made a manufacturer should get a tax cut (I think this is the case to a degree but more should be put into it) I know you are all aware where I am going to take this. I am about to go back to beating on poor old Sarah Palin and her recent op-ed piece in the Washington Post.  Where she talks on US energy planning and in one breath goes from saying “We have more desire and ability to protect the environment than any foreign nation from which we purchase energy today” to “We can safely drill for U.S. oil offshore and in a tiny, 2,000-acre corner of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if ever given the go-ahead by Washington bureaucrats.” Her comments could be considered laughable but coming from Sarah Palin ex-governor of Alaska they aren’t. In Alaska the effects of Global warming are the most visible, entire communities are disappearing as the permafrost they sit on gradually turns to mud. One resident of Newtok Alaska (a village that is sinking into the ground) said “I don’t want to live in permafrost no more,… It’s too muddy. Everything is crooked around here.” (Frank Tommy, 47 of Newtok)  As an article in the New York times points out, “Studies say Newtok could be washed away within a decade. Along with the villages of Shishmaref and Kivalina farther to the north, it has been the hardest hit of about 180 Alaska villages that suffer some degree of erosion.” The article shows the devastation that Global warming is bringing to these communities they look worse than some third world nations. Who does a nasty big oil rig help? The little guy that lives in the Alaskan Mud or the Oil Magnate in the Condo on Park Avenue? An oil platform might bring money into the state but if people leave this sinking state what is the point. This is in Sarah Palin’s Backyard is she blind? And Palin wants to be president? If she did nothing to help Alaska and even lobbied for measures that would help sink it, what will she do for America.


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