Trevor Brookins

*A few weeks ago I used this forum to take what seemed like a pro-nuclear energy anti-environmental position in the wake of the meltdown at one of Japan’s nuclear reactors.

The point of that article was to hold a mirror up to society and show the numerous justifications we make to satisfy our desires.

The fact that there was a hiccup in Japan does not mean we should abandon nuclear energy. But it does mean we should work to find more environmentally sound alternatives for the future.

Not only is finding better and cleaner energy technology a good idea, it is morally imperative. Yet religious conservatives frequently argue that God gave mankind dominion over all the earth, justifying the mining of minerals and natural resources. But such logic does not validate over-mining. And over-mining is exactly where we are headed to continue our current lifestyle.

Greener technology is ethically the right thing to do and it also makes good business sense. But economic conservatives are too busy profiting in the present to give real thought to how they will profit in the future. As our population grows and natural resources dwindle new technology will have to be implemented. Hopefully enough companies will see the opportunity and look to corner a future energy market instead of jumping into a dying market.

Going green is good business as well as great political maneuvering. Conservative politicians are more likely to have ties to the religious right and established energy juggernauts and so would argue that going green is not a useful thing to promote in the legislature. But Politicians who currently hold office would be wise to promote green initiatives. Championing such causes would be an investment in political capital that pays off in environmental business and jobs moving to their district. In addition politicians would gain credit for setting in place the building blocks for society’s future infrastructure.

Going green and the attempt to conserve earth’s treasures is largely a liberal initiative. But why would conservatives get on board?

Trevor Brookins is a free lance writer in Rockland County, New York. He is currently working on a book about American culture during the Cold War.  His writing has appeared in The Journal News. You can reach him at [email protected]