In all of the political round-ups I’ve read in the past few days, the one headline that’s stood out (after some variation of “Democrats Got Trounced”) is the one proclaiming that the environment is the real loser of the election. Unfortunately, it’s true. Messrs Boehner and McConnell posted an Op-Ed in today’s Wall Street Journal loudly proclaiming their intention of passing the Keystone Pipeline in order to help businesses, and rescinding environmental regulations meant to curb carbon emissions. Their boasting suggests there is zero chance of passing legislation vital to waning our dependence on fossil fuels. And yes, it means the environment loses.
It seems, however, that most Americans don’t actually care. Polls indicated that climate change and the environment ranked 8th this past election. It’s enough to keep one up at night for a lot of nights in a row.
A little less than a year ago, we posted a piece talking about the environment; we concluded it was most likely too late, and there wasn’t much individuals could do that would make a big enough difference, if governments weren’t willing to cooperate. While this may well be correct, we can’t give up so easily. It’s shameful that our legislature refuses to act.
For the next few months, interspersed with our regular posts, we’ll be talking a lot about the environment. Pictures and videos of the really cute animals facing extinction because of climate change; posts detailing the positive, if under the radar, steps taken by President Obama in the form of executive actions to combat climate change; form letters you can send to politicians on the fence about the Keystone Pipeline; posts about climate change that hopefully appeal to Republicans, Democrats, businessmen, doctors, teachers, people of all varieties; organizations to which you can give your time, money, or both, and more.
Hopefully this will pique your interest. If not, don’t worry; we’ll have our regular posts, too.