There should be little doubt that the 911 World Trade Center attack would have taken place regardless of the outcome of the 2000 general election. What conflicts we may or may not have become involved in thereafter, had Al Gore been elected, is anyone’s guess as well. cynics-bgnGreater involvement in Afghanistan seems likely, albeit the extent of US involvement may have been there is a moot point. All things considered, it seems less likely that we would again have invaded Iraq.

On the domestic front, it is unlikely that the economic downturn would have been avoided, though Gore would likely have directed that more assiduous regulatory effort were made, and he would not have signed off on anything like the George W. Bush administration tax cuts. What is by far more likely is that certain environmental issues would have been approached very differently. On this front, it is a remarkable irony that those liberals most concerned with global warming and the increasingly contentious issue of fracking bear the responsibility for the disastrous policies of the Bush administration.

Most people are certainly aware that Supreme Court decision in the hotly contested recount of the Florida election results threw the election to Bush, but focusing on that is something of a red herring. That whole debate ignores both the fact that had it not been for the cynical liberals who voted for Ralph Nader, Gore would have carried both New Hampshire and Florida, and won by an electoral majority of 295 to 242—and the New Hampshire vote alone would have made the Florida vote irrelevant!

George W.
Bush
Albert A.
Gore, Jr.
Ralph
Nader
Electoral votes
Popular
vote
Popular
vote
Popular
vote
R D
Florida 2,912,790 2,912,253 97,488
25
New Hampshire 273,559 266,348 22,198
4
Total 271 266

Total electoral votes needed to win = 270. Source: InfoPlease

There should be no doubt that we owe the Halliburton Loophole, an exemption to reporting requirements under the Clean Water Act that would have required the oil and gas industry to reveal the chemicals used in the water used for fracking, to the liberal cynics who voted for Nader. Consequent to this 2005 legislation, those whose water has been contaminated due to fracking have the two-fold problem of a lack of baseline data on water quality and specific chemical contaminants to which they can draw a line to prove their water has been contaminated by the process.

Fracking, a process whereby millions of gallons of toxic chemical laced water is injected into the ground to release the gas trapped in shale strata, has come under fire for contaminating water reserves from Wyoming to Pennsylvania. Due however to the difficulty posed by lack of foresight in establishing baseline water quality surveys prior to fracking—and that those conducted are done by the oil and gas companies, and kept proprietary—and the Halliburton Loophole, the settlements of the suits inextricably tied to nondisclosure help the industry keep the full extent of its culpability hidden from the public.

Between the liberal cynics and charlatans who do not vote, and those who are delusional enough to think they are sending a message by voting for third party candidates, we owe much of what now threatens global warming and our water reserves—and likely owe more to the debacles brought on by the first eight wasted years of this new millennium than can be established by argument. Let’s add in the the last two years following the decision of those who decided to occupy stupidity in 2010 as well. None of this is to say that the Democrats do not have their charlatans, but a majority of them are environmentally conscious—and not focusing on changes during primaries and standing with the Democrats who support environmental issues is the surest way to guarantee that environmentally unfriendly charlatans are elected to office.

Whether we are actually able to shunt the Republicans into obscurity, and do something about global warming and adequate fracking regulation—if it can safely be regulated—remains an open question. The cynics are still grousing, and seem entrenched in their “they’re all alike” misery, and perfectly content to dwell there. So far, we have had too little success without them, and may have to go it alone if we cannot win more support on environmental issues from the Republicans.

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