Sohrab S’ Creating a Budget to Meet America’s Needs Environmental Reform: Influencing the World while Cutting Expenses

Posted: June 8, 2011 in Papers/ Analysis

Creating a Budget to Meet America’s Needs

Environmental Reform: Influencing the World while Cutting Expenses

America is most often regarded as the nation that creates the world’s worst influences when it comes to living an environmentally friendly lifestyle. One of the most predominant reasons why this is so is because of the widespread ignorance that spreads like wildfire; we often ask how this can be changed to help prevent not only worldwide pollution but dependence on foreign fuel sources (that may increase the chances of war) and hazardous health problems (that could spike Medicare and Social Security issues through the roof). While currently thought as the petty affair by a majority of Americans plagued by ignorance, solving the environmental problem currently acting as the elephant in the room can not only bring future serenity amongst environmentalists worrisome of the deterioration of our planet (which is beginning to develop an airtight, scientifically proven case that people can no longer ignore) but can also severely cut foreign oil dependence and provide healthier lives for the residents of this nation. The beneficial sides of the argument overwhelmingly supersede the losses, which may be the time it may take towards reaching a more educated public and get people to vote towards a cleaner future of America and the world.

Environmentalists for forty-plus years have been rampant about the disastrous effects our addiction with oil causes, and yet, standards have little changed since then. It is often stressed that in order to be most socially competent on the road, the biggest car with the biggest engine must be driven. While this has been spoon-fed to society as the popular and most socially acceptable way to shop for cars, it is no wonder the money spent on US imported oil is about $489 billion. Money spent on imported oil from OPEC countries runs the nation about $182 billion. While $671 billion may only represent 1.2% of the United States’ debt, this is still a whopping amount of money spent on energy that could be put to good use in other more needed areas, such as investing money to support studies that may provide the world with alternative, eco-friendly energies that may be greater than oil in terms of efficiency and equal or greater in power. While continuing the use of oil has become convenient for us, we can no longer choose to be oblivious to the harsh realities of the immense amount of expenses spent on something intelligent American research can easily replace in a potentially short period of time.

The amount of oil we burn affects our Medicare rates, as well. When people have more health issues as well as more complex ones, Medicare rises in costs. According to Stanford scientist Mark Jacobson, areas with higher levels of CO2 in the local atmosphere have been linked to higher mortality rates in said areas. However, people don’t just collapse and die out of no prior signs of illness. Elderly will tend to portray respiratory issues as well as intolerance of high temperatures. Because of this, Medicare rates rise due to increased hospital attendance of the elderly. Social Security rates have also rise dramatically due to increased oil consumption. When gas prices rise, the overall market tends to stagnate, which is considerably bad news when one regards the 3% growth needed to bounce back from a recession. At the moment, the United States is currently at a 0.3% growth rate due to a combination of a 12.4% Social Security rate as well as the high gas prices mentioned earlier (about $3.761 being the national average price for one regular gallon in June 2011). When these two factors take up a considerable fraction of your money, the American public tends to save rather than spend which in turn slows the economy dramatically. In conclusion, if oil was not a factor and more efficient alternative fuels such as hydrogen and electricity were utilized, we would not only majorly cut the money spent on oil but spark the United States’ economy by being able to create our own energy resources.

However, successfully pointing a different direction for the country to follow cannot happen overnight. Firstly, in order to get people to vote towards a more environmentally friendly future, a different education must be pushed through our growing youth, taking advantage of their undeveloped opinions. Attempts at telling the rest of our aged population may take place but would not be as effective.

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