Wednesday, April 21, 2010

There are More Reasons to be Cautious...

about what we put into our environment than just worry over Climate Change.  In this story from the Guardian we learn that a new study reveals more than 80% of the male bass fish in Washington's major river are now exhibiting female traits such as egg production because of a "toxic stew" of pollutants. That should be enough to frighten anyone who reads it and can understand the future implications of what this holds for the numerous and delicate ecosystems around the world.

Sadly, half the people who see this will ignore its meaning.

There was a time when conservatism meant caution, study and a reliance on empirical data, this is no longer the case. Conservatism now means shilling for corporate polluters, denying scientific studies and any calls to caution about how we treat our environment are loony, left-wing, tree-hugging examples of liberalism gone crazy.

I beg to differ. As much I'd like to claim them for my own political side of the spectrum,these are human values and I cannot understand how this became a left/right issue. It's about our quality of life. Preserving the environment only enhances our enjoyment of life. Having corporations behave like good citizens and ensuring that they do their best to not leave toxic messes or stews that find their way into our bloodstream is a matter of our survival as a species.

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