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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Conservatives lack imagination and expect too little...

So I came to the conclusion that conservatives lack vision, imagination, and have a low expectation of what is acceptable. For instance, I recently had an argument with some conservatives about Nuclear power, the conservative argument being that for the amount of energy produced, the risk and waste were worth it. My point?

Let me start out by asking this: who doesn't want clean air, clean water, or a non-toxic environment to live in? Honestly. Regardless of wether you believe global warming is real or not, how is less pollution a bad thing?

This is the big divide. Despite any environmental "hype" how is less pollution a bad thing? How is it conservatives are pro-pollution? I don't get it.

So my argument against Nuclear power is this:

Nobody doubts that a new power supply will be discovered, wether its a year from now, or 100 years from now. This is not in contention. My argument is, why do we have to wait?

The hybrid car, the half electrical half combustion engine has gone from near obscurity to mass production including a hybrid SUV and pickup truck in less then five years. FIVE YEARS.

My argument is that when put to the test, human beings are capable of wondrous things. Look at all the technical developments made during World War II, the jet engine being one of them. When under pressure technology advances, the Russians launching sputnik was enough for the United States to put a man on the moon.

So why not apply that thinking to power? Wether its bio diesel or "green" buildings, we deserve better.

Another problem is that a lot of conservatives believe that Jesus is coming back, and as such we only need short term solutions. They also feel that when Jesus does come back, he won't be upset with what we did to the place. I don't know about you, but if I was Jesus, I'd be pissed.

Again, a new power supply being discovered is not in contention, what is contention is wether we should sit around and wait for it, or make it happen.

Because of my vision, my imagination and my expectations that we deserve better, I say we find it now.

If you feel that nuclear is fine, ask yourself why you are willing to settle for it?

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