Bumper Stickers

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For the longest time, people believed that Earth was the center of the universe and that the sun revolves around the Earth. America seems to have the viewpoint that they are the center of the universe and life expanding. The bumper sticker above refers to the Middle East and American involvement to “keep peace” in that area. However it seems that the United States enjoys “keeping peace” countries that have large supplies of oil.

Now, I am not here to argue the facts of the case or its right and wrong, but the ideas proposed by this bumper sticker influences the general public. If the sticker becomes popular in America and people start to see it everywhere, the peer pressure would allow U.S. citizens to think violence is okay if acquiring petroleum is possible. Further, considering the location of the war was in the Middle East, it would encourage racism. A similar situation occurred with Brexit. After Great Britain voted to leave the European union, hate crimes against muslims spiked.

The same occurs when a popular slogan, such as the one above, gains popularity. This one in particular is in support of United States military intervention in the Middle East while also implying that America is only there to take the oil from the oil-rich regions of the Middle East.

Schemas

 

statue-of-libertyHere stands a living, breathing aspect of the American dream. A large testimate to the symbolic freedom that our forefathers dreamed for this country over two and one half centuries ago. The Statue of Liberty is our symbol  of the free in our country, our symbol of choice of our people, and our symbol of promise for the American way. A promise to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Everyone is welcome in the United States, and it seems today that American citizens forget this. The Statue is a symbol for immigrants and it welcomes those who seek refuge. The United States is a country of immigrants and it always has been. It is the melting pot of the world. The torch glows in favour of the United States of America, stands
on Liberty Island in solitude, reaching out to they who seek freedom, and freedom seeking to reach out to them.  The statue may be only a statue, but without it, America still stands for the rights it was built on two and one half centuries ago.

Alternative Energy

alternative_energiesA rising issue in the United States currently is the from a majority use of fossil fuels to produce electricity for the nation. Currently, the United States is attempting to change over to green energy, but with much opposition to the big oil companies. But with big business opposing this change, this conversion is proving to be difficult. Since the United States is the leading power of the world and a major consumer of the world’s energy, the United States should lead a transition from energy burned from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and set an example for the rest of the world.

A transition to alternative energy sources would be a large step towards a clean and bright future. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, about 67% of United States electricity production is generated by fossil fuels; however according to Ecotricity, which is Britain’s leading green energy supplier, if the consumption of fossil fuels remains constant, it is estimated that oil reserves will run dry by 2052 and coal will continue to decline until 2088. If we continue to deplete these resources, we will not be able to enjoy the luxuries of plastics and other oil products.

Another rising issue is global warming . According to the Union of Concerned Scientists in an article called “The Hidden Cost of Fossil Fuels,” 78 percent of the United States’ global warming emissions are energy related carbon dioxide emissions. The 78 percent of these emissions are broken down into 42 percent oil and other liquids, 32 percent coal, and 27 percent natural gas. Converting over to renewable energy sources such as windmills, solar panels, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy,  could significantly reduce the United States’ total global warming emissions, considering that energy-related emissions are responsible for a vast 78 percent of total emissions.

Finally, green energy would betterment general environmental health. According to CNN article ‘5 years after the Gulf oil spill: What we do (and don’t) know’ in 2010 , the Deepwater Horizon well blowout caused 4.2 million barrels of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico. This year, BP settled the case, owing $8.8 billion worth of damage to the environment. Restoration started on April 20, 2010, the day of the explosion, and restoration still has not been completed. However, BP specialists like to argue, according to the same CNN article, that the immediate spill caused harm to the surrounding environment yet after 87 days when the oil spill was fixed, the environment immediately began to recover.However the oil continued to spill for 87 days without notice, causing permanent damage, according to Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees.

The ability for the United States to convert to renewable energy is present and is possible, yet certain companies are preventing forward progress. If the United States were to convert to green energy, U.S. citizens would not have to worry about luxury plastics to deplenish, global warming emissions would be greatly reduced, and accidental environmental harm would vanish. Trading in fossil fuel generators for more futuristic green energy sources would be of great advantage to the United States.