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Keeping us Safe?

© Ruben Bolling

Humans are really bad at evaluating risks. We are scared to death of terrorists, but not of the things that are far more likely to kill us.

Just Wednesday, Donald Trump announced that he is rolling back fuel economy standards that were put in place under Obama. And he has not ruled out abolishing the standards entirely.

So we will burn more fossil fuels, our air will become more polluted, we will have more smog, and we will become more dependent on oil from foreign countries. As demand increases, the price of oil will go up, and some people will not be able to afford to heat their homes or pay for gas for their car. Plus we will have more global warming. It will slow the rollout of hybrid and electric cars, and dampen energy innovation.

How many American lives will that one seemingly small change ultimately cost? Easily more than the deaths from immigrant terrorists.

Now, multiply this one small change by hundreds of other changes. Like repealing Obamacare. Or cutting funding to the State Department in ways that will make it more likely that we end up fighting more wars. Or doing things that end up helping Islamic extremists recruit new fighters and terrorists.

Also published on Medium.



  1. Sam Foster wrote:

    The sad thing is, I’m not sure this is satire or if it is actually how his brain works?

    Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
  2. Ralph wrote:

    So let’s see, we’re paying for a wall we don’t need, paying double the security so Melania can stay apart from Agent Orange, paying for his weekend golf jaunts to Mar-a-loco, AND losing our health insurance? If that ain’t right out of The Art of the Deal, folks, I don’t what is!

    But here’s my fav meme o’ the week, paraphrasing the to best of my memory:

    “The people who voted for more God in government got Judas, the Golden Calf and Caligula instead!” – LOLGOP

    Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm | Permalink
  3. ebdoug wrote:

    About ten years ago, I noticed the change in the atmosphere when I went out in summer. Sun beating down. To me, our biggest threat is global warming. One gallon of fuel causes 4 gallons of arctic melt. That two degree threat before industrialization will cause the end of human life.

    Only took 100 years of cars on the road to ruin our planet. 1/2 the animals (not species) are already gone in the last 40 years.

    Because PINO is a narcissist, he cares not a whit what happens to his grandchildren.

    Notice Pence stays out of the limelight, being groomed to take over when they get the whole crooked crew out of the White House.

    Monday, March 20, 2017 at 3:54 am | Permalink