Thoughts About My First Election As Your Mom

I have written about this election on my other blog Green-4-u and for Moms Clean Air Force. This election means so much to me, it is my first presidential election your Mom. I have always voted thinking about the future both for myself and my community and country. Being a parent raised the bar for me on how important my voting is.

I care deeply and passionately about the environment. I care about how our personal health and the health of the planet. For my entire life I have felt humans have had a pretty destructive relationship with the planet. I have also felt that many people do not care about the environment or understand the implications of our actions.

In this election before Hurricane Sandy I wrote on Moms Clean Air Force about how clean energy jobs will help our economy and that we cannot make our economy the one and only topic we discuss in the election. We need people to be employed, but we also need a clean environment to live in and to be healthy (to go to work).

After Hurricane Sandy, which personally affected us living in New Jersey, I feel even more strongly that climate change, clean air, a protected food supply, and the economy are even more important for when I walk into the voting booth.

I cannot vote for a candiate that has said any of the following statements:

“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.” 

“Scientists are nearly unanimous in laying the blame for rising temperatures on greenhouse gas emissions. Of course there are also reasons for skepticism. The earth may be getting warmer, but there have been numerous times in the earth’s history when temperatures have been warmer than they are now. Climate cycles with great variations in temperature predate the greenhouse gas emissions of the past three centuries, and they even predate the rise of human populations. In fact, climate change has been going on from the beginning of the world; it is certainly not a new phenomenon. Even the apparent unity among scientists is not a sure indicator of scientific fact.”- Romney, No Apology, pub. March 2010, p. 227

“I am uncertain how much of the warming, however, is attributable to man and how much is attributable to factors out of our control. I do not support radical feel-good policies like a unilateral U.S. cap-and-trade mandate. Such policies would have little effect on climate but could cripple economic growth with devastating results for people across the planet.” –Romney, No Apology, pub. March 2010, p. 227

I cannot vote for anyone who would vote this way while representing his consitituants:

Paul Ryan Voted To Eliminate EPA Limits On Greenhouse Pollution. Ryan voted in favor of H.R. 910, introduced in 2011 by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas pollution. [Roll Call 249, 4/7/11]

Paul Ryan Voted To Block The USDA From Preparing For Climate Change. In 2011, Ryan voted in favor of the Scalise (R-LA) Amendment to the FY12 Agriculture Appropriations bill, to bar the U.S. Department of Agriculture from implementing its Climate Protection Plan. [Roll Call 448, 6/16/11]

Paul Ryan Voted To Eliminate White House Climate Advisers. Ryan voted in favor of Scalise (R-LA) Amendment 204 to the 2011 Continuing Resolution, to eliminate the assistant to the president for energy and climate change, the special envoy for climate change (Todd Stern), and the special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation. [Roll Call 87, 2/17/11]

Climate change is here and I want to protect you two from living in world where you live with fear of the extreme weather and what it may do to your house, your job, and yes even affect your vacations and general enjoyment of the outdoors. I am sad that the place I took you both on your first vacations is in ruins because of extreme weather. I am sorry that you are learning about climate change at a young age when we are preparing for hurricanes, power outages and other extreme weather.

I hope I raise you both to be stewards of the planet leaving it cleaner than you found it and that you are responsible citizens that vote and hold your leaders accountable to take action for those things you feel are important for you and society.

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