As part of a semi-tangential discussion that went on over here, I mentioned that while I favored supply-side incentives to increase the production of alternative fuels, I had full confidence that the Auto and Oil Industries would not only never do something like that themselves, they would resist government intervention aimed at furthering that end with all their might.
It seems that the safety of American drivers (and thusly, our lives) have the same value in their minds as the economy and our oil addiction, namely: squat.
You see, the government is trying to impose some new regulations that would increase the safety of the roof of cars in the event of a rollover. And guess who’s opposing such measures: the auto industry!
I can’t say that I’m surprised, but I am disgusted.
What does this have to do with the culture of life? Well, those who purport to value human life above all, and thus forbid abortions and IVF and such, you’d think they’d be furious. Sure, there are instances where death is encouraged, like capital punishment, but Auto Industry profits surely aren’t one of them.
I just wonder if Bill Frist is going to stand in front of the Senate and rail about how he’s seen the video of a car rolling over, and there’s no doubt, in his medical opinion, that the driver was alive when the roof caved in crushing his skull. Probably not.
So what can we do? Well, we can write to our respective representatives, and implore them to pass any legisltation that would make us safer, irregardless of lobbyist pressure. And we can make it clear that we will vote out of office any politician who accepts dirty money from the Oil and Auto Industry lobby (whether Democrat or Republican, but more likely Republican), because we will not stand for them undermining the safety and sanctity of American lives!