The article A Catholic voters guide for Reno Nevada, part 1 presents the foundations for choosing how to vote in the republican caucus this Saturday, 4 February 2012. The foundation for voting and for all living as promoted in the article is love of God first, and showing this love by respect for his property, his planet, and all life, in particular life as created in his image. This article strives to provide the information for you the voter to compare. As Catholics, we look and ask, is God the great provider, or is there something, or someone else who decides how to run our economy and our environment?
How do the candidates compare as it relates to respecting the property of God, the planet itself. The first question is the question of the Keystone 40 Pipeline Project. Tar sands oil production, results in carbon dioxide emissions three times higher than conventional oil. Communities living downstream from Keystone 40 production facilities have seen spikes in rare cancers, renal failure, lupus, and hyperthyroidism.
TransCanada’s Keystone I pipeline has spilled a dozen times in less than a year of operation… The Keystone XL pipeline would traverse six U.S. states and cross major rivers, including the Missouri River, Yellowstone, and Red Rivers, as well as key sources of drinking and agricultural water, such as the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies two million Americans.
How do the candidates compare on the virtues of promoting or canceling this project?
“President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline is as shocking as it is revealing,” Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, said in a statement.
Newt Gingrich called the decision a “stunningly stupid thing to do.” The large crowd gathered to see Gingrich roared. “There’s no better word. These people are so out of touch with reality, it’s as if they were governing Mars.”
Rick Santorum stated, “”It is absolutely essential that we have as much domestic supply of oil, that we build the Keystone pipeline, that we create the jobs that provide oil from domestic sources, pipelines the run on the floor of the sea or pipelines that come to America are the safest way to transport oil.”
Ron Paul states on his website, “The free market – not government – is the solution to America’s energy needs. As long as we allow federal regulations and bureaucratic red tape to get in the way of energy exploration, our country will never solve its energy crisis… As President, Ron Paul will lead the fight to remove restrictions on drilling, so companies can tap into the vast amount of oil we have here at home. Eliminate the ineffective EPA. It’s time for a President that recognizes the free market’s power and innovative spirit by unleashing its full potential.”
The market is a thing? that has a spirit? As we go to our caucuses this weekend, let us look at our candidates positions on this important issue.