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  •  Too much focus on the Beltway!!! (7+ / 0-)

    Implied but not mentioned in these articles is the fact that, while the national-level, more financially flush enviro groups in DC and NYC lobby the big boys, we are getting KILLED out here in the states.

    The Right in America has a really deep bench and they connect at the grassroots. Those wingnuts in Congress cut their baby teeth out here in the flyover, sowing radicalism at the local level. Their anti-tax, anti-government, anti-everything orgs have added environmentalism to their hit list, and they have been very very effective. They have convinced the sheeple out in the homeland that environmentalists are part of some big government plot to take over everything; destroy the economy; make everybody live in the same house--oh I could go on with the BS, but the fact is, they're killing out here.

    Joe & Jane Sixpack out here are very confused about this. Yes, they think somebody should keep their water clean and protect them from disaster--and only the government is volunteering. But But But! Regulation is socialism! Environmental people are godless! Science is evil! THEY plan to destroy the economy! It all means government will put them in a FEMA concentration camp!

    The crazies have a huge megaphone for their insane propaganda, and tons of money behind them. We have nada.

    We do need to unite. We all need to try to broaden our views, help each other. I think the big environmental orgs in DC and NYC would do well to pay attention to what's going on out in the boonies--they could send a little $$ our way, even.

    All the different environmental groups have different roles. NRDC files lawsuits. LCV does elections.  Nature Conservancy buys land. On and on. But those of you who have money may consider allocating part of your budget to help these beseiged folks out in the states.

    •  seems like the anti-fracking fight (1+ / 0-)
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      is the ideal opportunity to begin building an environmental consciousness in these poorer rural areas.

      "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

      by limpidglass on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 08:08:36 PM PST

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    •  yow, I feel for you tnyd (2+ / 0-)
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      Sounds like you're fighting the good fight, and losing to the worst aspects of human nature - ignorance, fear, greed...

      But, I think you also make an argument for action at the federal level: those sorts of obstacles to progress can often only be imposed from "above" (think civil rights), and yeah there would be massive resistance and outpourings of hatred, until the next series of F5 tornado swarms, flooding, and other apocalyptic disasters befall your state, due to climate change. Then it will be all about why the guberment don't help us out enough!

      "I don't cry over milk spilled under bridges. I go make lemonade" - Bucky Katt

      by quill on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 08:20:07 PM PST

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