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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

IF I hear of one more little lizard stopping an entire state from doing something, I think I will scream. Not very mature, I know- but seriously? I get the need to protect our Earth, after all it is the only one we will ever have. So there needs to be a focus on not destroying it- I grant that. My take is simple- do not tell me why I cannot do something without telling how I CAN do it. Be a part of the solution for a change. I recently listened to someone talk about the Keystone Pipeline from the environmental side. Her take was simply that the type of “dirty oil” is not something that should be allowed to be used in our country. OK- fine. So let me get this right- we will tell Canada “No thanks”, they will ship it overseas, we will then import more oil than we would have to(possibly even bring this particular oil back in at a much more expensive rate) and let another country burn this cheaper full? So the dirty oil still affects our planet, and we get stuck holding the figurative check- again.
My analogy is simple- remember when you went to school and the teacher would talk bad about the kids who weren’t there or the kids who were always late (before they arrived)? Shouldn’t’ the teacher call and talk to the parents of those who were NOT in class? Shouldn’t the teacher deal with the LATE students? The kids, who are on time and in class should be REWARDED, not chastised. When it comes to carbon use, until there is a global initiative- it is worse than ridiculous to NO to this cheaper oil. We could benefit and keep it out of others hands; we could use our savings to research new ways to refine to save our planet, to support other technologies. Today- we literally do the opposite.
Idea-   I would suggest that the EPA makes suggestions about how to do things more eco-friendly. Be the leader, instead of the nay-sayor.  IF you want a pipeline or want to drill offshore- the EPA should show how best to change your recommendations to help fit what are in the best interests of the US. THAT is becoming part of the solution, not part of the problem. You cannot stand in front of America and say “don’t use oil” since our world would stop- literally. You also cannot look the other way as companies blatantly destroy the planet- the truth is in the middle and in working together. We all need to provide solutions, based in reality and within budgets, as part of a national plan of what is best for the country. As an example, we should help to reduce or eliminate foreign oil use, but at what price? But to just say NO simply penalizes the wrong people, sends a futile message, kills jobs and true competitiveness, and is not part of a cohesive overview that builds for a better tomorrow. This is also true for all other environmental topics.

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