The latest cause the environmentalists are trying to foist on the American public is to ban fireworks displays on July 4th. There was a suit brought to court in San Diego recently seeking to accomplish this, but a judge ordered a reprieve. So the people of that city will be able to enjoy fireworks, at least for this year. Will such efforts succeed in this city and throughout the country next year?
We are allowing a minority fringe to hijack America by changing our accepted and preferred way of life to fit their agenda. And, it affects a great deal more than shooting off fireworks one day a year in the local park. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the federal government’s arm for setting rules and regulations to keep American clean, safe and beautiful for all its inhabitants, human and otherwise.
Has this agency become more interested in control than it is for the total welfare of the more than 300 million people living here? Take the three inch long smelt that is endangered by the irrigation system in California’s Central Valley farm area. Billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs have vanished because the government has closed down the canals. No wonder food prices are going through the roof.
There’s a species of lizard in West Texas that is dwindling in numbers. If the environmentalist get their way oil drilling there will be put on hold. Add that to the lack of drilling licenses issued for the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill, along with the administrations refusal to drill offshore in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans or tap into the rich reserves in Alaska and it is understandable why we are being held hostage by those unfriendly countries (Canada excluded) that export oil to us.
The effort to get Americans to switch to other forms of fuel has been spectacularly unsuccessful. Ethanol costs more to produce and results in corn shortages worldwide. Without this commodity, many will die. Electric cars have been proposed, but coal is frowned upon as an energy because it pollutes, even though it is a highly cost-effective energy source and abundantly available within the borders of the continental US.
However, neither the facts nor the current financial straits we are experiencing seem to stop the government from blindly forging ahead with plans to immediately take America off oil and change the country to renewable energy, sort of like they way it wants us to instantly change our eating habits. How do they intend to make this happen? Wind and solar power are still a more expense form of energy. Plus, depending on how the energy will be used, power grids and charging stations must be built – a long and expensive process. And, nuclear energy became taboo after the disaster in Japan.
The energy situation is just one of the areas where the environmental activists, the EPA and the administration appear to be working at cross-purposes with the will and needs of the people. It’s time we took a stand and said no more regulations until America gets back on its feet. Maybe the place to start is by being sure we can celebrate the country’s birthday with a rip-roaring, patriotic display of fireworks.