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Environmental Denial and Votes, an Odd Relationship

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 28/10/2015 Justin Curmi
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In theory, politicians receive benefits by denying the effects humans have on the environment because this creates a new voting demographic, the blue-collared. Predominately workers that operate with: mercury, nuclear, coal, lumber, and other damaging environmental services because the new markets do not want these services. It wants services that do not harm the earth. The shift will have a result of workers losing their jobs and the denial by politicians will cause a dragging on the shift.

Towns in the United States will change and disappear with the loss of these jobs due to the end of these markets. The markets provide life to these towns as the Gold Mining boom did in the Wild West. Yet, as the Gold Mining Boom faded away, the Wild West became the Haunted West. This is the current problem presented to the current time. The choice stands at, "protect a few jobs by keeping the jobs that harm the earth or end those jobs to protect the earth?" The trolley problem captures the dilemma presented by the shift in the markets. Yet, if you see the trolley a mile away, would you not prepare everyone to remove themselves from the tracks before it arrives?

There is another country that has experienced a similar problem, Tanzania. This African country tried to rid itself of coal, yet it had negative consequences. Coal for them was easy, cheap, and did not take much effort to produce. The effortlessness, which came with coal, lead to a mass use of it. Resulting in environmental impacts on the wildlife and the plant life. As a result of the dependency of coal and the need to clean the earth, Tanzania embarked on a sustainable coal program that is causing fewer problems than their older method. Yet, Tanzania does not have the same resources as the United States. The United States could possibly offer a program to repurpose the workers or offer them free education. This is to mitigate the impact the shift will cause on the markets.

Politicians in these areas of environmental damaging jobs will increase the slowdown of the shift because they gain votes from these voters who fear their future job prospects. It is a terrifying situation currently for the workers whose skills will become useless in the near future. Also, politicians fear what will happen to their political future when these towns do collapse. In refusing and denying the environmental issues that are being presented by modern industry, they gain more support through protecting a set of jobs. Yet, these politicians are fighting a losing battle for the markets being compatible with the environment have a great push behind it. Solutions as mentioned above are needed to mitigate the economic impact. Soon enough the markets will stop these services and as it stands currently, there is no support for these workers.

Politicians need to end their short plans and embark on projects that may mitigate the forthcoming market shift. If not, workers will need to prepare on their own causing a mass of people filing for unemployment benefits. Another trolley problem presents itself, "Maintain the fight against climate change to gain temporary political statues or stop it, to prepare for the forthcoming market change."

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