Opinion: Spiritual Republicans who take care of fossil fuels show that they don’t seem to be for all times
Last week, Americans got another example of the republican religious misconception that the movement is for life, and another reminder that the GOP's loyalty to the fossil fuel industry equals its commitment to evangelical fundamentalists.
First, there have been reports of a house-to-house conflict between Democrats and Republicans because some minor attempts to combat climate change have been included in an infrastructure law. The Republicans opposed improvements to the rail and bus networks and charging stations for electric vehicles built along the U.S. highways. The Republicans claimed that democratically motivated legislation was a partisan effort to reduce CO2 emissions, although they claimed:
"Believe it or not, Republicans are addressing these issues, but not through overarching and stubborn mandates that keep the nation from using fossil fuels. Certainly there were similarities in terms of resilience and climate problems. "
Republicans believe that the only way to address “climate issues” is through tax breaks and research into technologies such as carbon capture and advanced nuclear reactors, rather than trying to limit pollution or carbon emissions. It is safe to say that, despite the clear and current threat to the economy, national security, and pregnant women, babies and fetuses, the Republicans will not accept anything that reduces fossil fuel consumption or remote pollution.
It has been known for years that the relationship between air pollution and birth outcomes is not only real, but affects African American mothers and babies disproportionately compared to the total population. It is now clear that rising temperatures are just as dangerous as a result of anthropogenic climate change.
A study published on Thursday in JAMA Network Open, part of the American Medical Association journal, examined 57 studies published since 2007 and discovered:
“Pregnant women who are exposed to high temperatures or air pollution are more likely to have premature, underweight or stillborn babies, and African American mothers and babies are more likely to be harmed than the population of the United States, according to studies that examine more than 32 million births. "(Author bold)
Research is increasing the evidence that minorities have a disproportionate share of the risk of pollution and global warming. Not only are minority communities in the United States hotter than the surrounding areas much more often, a phenomenon known as the "heat island" effect, but they are also closer to environmentally harmful industries.
According to Dr. Rupa Basu, one of the authors of the paper and head of the Department of Epidemiological Air and Climate Conditions at the California Environmental Impact Assessment Office:
“We already know that these pregnancy outcomes are worse for black women. It is exacerbated by these exposures. "
Some of the data that provide information on how deadly pollution and higher temperatures are for expectant mothers and the fetuses that religious Republicans claim to take care of are not necessarily new, but are undeniable at this point. For example, the vast majority of the studies in the report found that pollution contributed greatly to premature birth, low birth weight and stillbirth. In fact, one study found that high air pollution during the last trimester of pregnancy was associated with a 42 percent increase in stillbirth risk.
Another study included in the report looked at about half a million Florida births in 2004 and 2005, and found that living near power plants that use waste to generate energy increased birth weight by three percent. If you live closer than 3 miles, there is a higher risk of premature birth. Almost all of the studies evaluated in the report found that the risks for black mothers, their fetuses and babies were greater.
Catherine Garcia Flowers is an advocacy representative, the Houston Moms Clean Air Force, and said the report is evidence that the federal government needs to tighten air pollution regulations. Ms. Flowers said:
“This is a moment of settling racial injustice and health inequalities. To do nothing about air pollution, which clearly has a greater impact on black Americans, is racism in action. "
The study's authors said that "black mothers' particular vulnerability to heat and air pollution is likely due to several systemic problems, such as living near power plants and other sources of pollution." They are also less likely to afford air conditioning or "live in areas with green spaces that can keep temperatures low."
In addition, there is a lack of medical care for minority patients. According to Dr. Basu:
“Research has shown that minority communities tend to have less access to medical care and that minority patients tend not to be treated equally. A colored woman may not be treated as carefully as a white woman. "
It is worth noting that none of the information in the report is new. However, it is undeniable evidence that compliance with Trump and his republican mediators, who refuse to take effective measures to reduce the effects of climate change or air and water pollution, is affecting the lives of all Americans – especially minority mothers and theirs Progeny. The House of Representatives Republicans, who defy democratic attempts to reduce CO2 emissions, show that they are only interested in the profits of the fossil fuel industry.
Of course, it's not just about Republicans; Trump has made clean air and water regulations one of his main goals since the day after his badly attended inauguration. It is very likely that if Congress passed a law on transport infrastructure with provisions for local transportation or electric vehicles, Trump would veto with extreme prejudice.
It is noteworthy that Democrats do not senselessly beat religious Republicans because they claim to be for life, including the fetus, and at the same time vehemently support Trump's fossil fuel agenda, which poses a serious threat to fetuses and expectant mothers.
If Republicans or Trump cared for an iota of life or a lump of cells in their womb, they would move the proverbial sky and earth to reduce pollution and take action to combat climate change. Instead, they reject any agenda that aims to reduce the CO2 emissions that drive climate change and health threats to minority mothers and their offspring. Trump and religious republicans are for oil, pollution, climate change and death, but they are not for life.
Audio engineer and trainer for SAE. Write a comment that supports secular humanist concerns and exposes the oppression of women, poor and minorities. An advocate of religious freedom and especially freedom without religion.
Born in the South, grew up in the Midwest and California to get a comprehensive view of America. it does not look good
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen Buddhist.