Skip to main content

Once upon a time, there were two major parties in the United States who both agreed that it mattered to protect Americans' health and the ecosystems that enable our robust nation to prosper. While not in perfect harmony, once upon a time, these two parties would come together to agree (compromise) on solution paths to address environmental challenges to improve public health and create new economic activity.

What seems like fantasy today was once the truth in America ... once upon a time.

Today, we have a political party that is intent on destroying protections for Americans' health and to hasten our already headlong rush into climate catastrophic climate chaos.  

"Once upon a time ..." Sadly, there are too many who remain wedded to fairy tales and place "bipartisanship" above sanity, truth-telling, developing reality-based policy, and confronting the most important issues that the nation -- that humanity -- faces.

From the video's introductory statement:

If there's one issue that hasn't been talked about enough in this election, it's the environment.

Yet the difference between the parties is stark: Republicans, bankrolled by polluters like the Koch Brothers, want to cut the EPA and rollback or weaken vital environmental protections like the Clean Air and Clean Water Act, laws that ensure millions of Americans can breath our air and drink our water safely.

Mitt Romney calls the EPA "a tool in the hands of the President to crush the private enterprise system," and has vowed to block needed protections on things like fracking and carbon emissions.

Now, perhaps the weakest thing of this video (other than it has the audacity to be longer than Americans' 30 second attention span) is the title:  "The GOP Threat to The Environment" falls into the framing of "environment" as something external, something outside (or alongside) humanity and human interests rather than the reality that the economy is within the environment, that we live within the environment, that our society will not thrive in an ever-worsening and disrupted eco-system (and eco-systems).  Perhaps the true title is: "The GOP Threat to U.S. (and all of us) via their attacks on the environment."

Hat tip to lowkell at Blue Virginia.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site