Clean air solutions in new technology
The recent headline "Effects of climate change irreversible, U.N. panel warns" made me think of a couple of proven ways to indeed reverse the accumulation of hydrocarbon fuel pollution in our atmosphere.
And, unbelievable as it may seem, these actually include using the billion-plus vehicles currently in use around the world as pollution abatement devices.
The technologies involved, which are nothing new, actually turn formerly polluting vehicles into virtual vacuum cleaners for the atmosphere, so that every mile traveled means less pollution, as atmospheric air is cleansed in the process.
Hydrocarbon fuels produce pollution that some special fuels can clean up, and as these fuels are burned with atmospheric air the result can actually be no pollution and some excess oxygen introduced into the air.
Any dire predictions about the future effects of climate change that do not acknowledge these well-known facts are as wrong as the suppression of these ignored technologies.
GOP election ads proved to be foolproof in Kentucky. In a state that prides itself for being fiercely independent, outside money bought this race for $100 million in a state of 4.2 million people with incomes below the national average.
Not exactly a success record for 30 years with Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Citizens United billionaires bought McConnell dirt cheap. Their return on investments: the Keystone Tar Sands, drilling in national parks and protected oceans, fracking, destroying water tables, mazes of unmonitored pipelines, EPA silenced along with all regulations, money laundering and "So Secret" Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership giveaways of our nation's resources to multinationals.
Unfortunately Kentuckians never heard Karl Rove's mandate, "It doesn't matter who sits in the White House when I control the House and Senate."
The GOP Supreme Court was already blind to justice. Kentucky, out of false beliefs, helped end the checks and balances in democracy for at least two years.
As for drinking bourbon with McConnell, there is not enough bourbon in Kentucky to rid us of the taste of him.
As the world turns
How many Americans have seen the pollution in China, Russia and India on TV or the Internet? These countries lie to the west of us. As the world turns and the wind blows, their pollution adds to our own pollution. Tons of it.
Sen. Mitch McConnell does not care to have any agreement with any country about pollution because it reduces job growth. In fact, McConnell wants to add to the pollution problem by building a pipeline to move Canadian oil across the United States.
Canadian oil is not a liquid oil as we think of it. It requires so much liquid chemical that when it becomes an oil liquid there are more chemicals than oil. This oil will not be utilized by us Americans, thank goodness.
But who will use this dirty, chemically enriched oil? You got it, the countries to the west of us.
Fight big-money influences
The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition, or KSEC, has been making efforts across campuses to make people aware of money's influence in politics this year.
Unprecedented amounts were spent on the elections this month, including hundreds of millions in "dark money," and constituents' voices have been drowned out in the scramble for campaign contributions.
To raise awareness of this, KSEC has done a multitude of mock fundraisers "To Buy a Politician" this year. These ranged from bake sales, to a "Lap Dogs of Big Business" puppy petting pen, to an "A$$-Kissing Booth" all in the name of raising enough money to buy the ear of a candidate.
We hoped to demonstrate that when money is free speech, politicians will be deaf to the average citizen concerns.
According to a recent poll by the Global Strategy Group, more than 90 percent of Americans think it is "important" to "reduce the influence of money in politics."
If we were truly a "government for the people" wouldn't laws conform to this?
Well, they don't, and KSEC will continue to fight for what the vast majority of Americans and Kentuckians already want: reducing money's influence in our political system and reclaiming our democracy.