Volunteers from Dominican Republic Red Cross carry out evacuations after floods from Tropical Storm Laura, August 2020. Photo: Dominican Republic Red Cross
It’s Getting Real, Folks
All my life people have said, “Global warming? It’s decades away. We’ll come up with some clever tech fix by then.” But it’s happening now, and there’s no silver bullet. Vast swaths of California, the Amazon, and Siberia are in flames. Flooding along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, including many areas contaminated with hazardous chemicals, has been extraordinary. The decade from 2010 to 2019 was the hottest on record.
The White House keeps calling climate change a hoax. When it comes to the environment, one New Yorker writer noted, “a shrink-wrapped pallet of frozen Ore-Ida French fries would be a vast improvement on the incumbent.” At least the French fries wouldn’t do any harm! Today, the majority of Americans believe climate change is real and something should be done. This election goes beyond a “battle for the soul of our nation.” It’s about physical survival. In two months we’ll have the chance to get the climate deniers out of the White House, and it’s up to each of us to do our bit to make that happen.
See This Modern World, by Tom Tomorrow at the Daily Kos.
The Republican National Convention wrapped up a few days ago. It did not seem to be aimed at undecided voters, instead preaching to a rather crabbed and angry choir. In addition, the spectacle of a political convention using both the setting and personnel of the White House was disturbing to a number of observers.
Meanwhile, in a universe far, far away, the Convention on Founding Principles reached out to a national audience of Republicans and conservatives dissatisfied with the mainline party's nominee. (Hear the speakers, see the website here.)
• Thanks to the Resisters who helped with the voter registration effort in Rota this week, organized by Madeleine Savit and Democrats Abroad Spain!
This Sounds Familiar:
The Gist/Slate: Mistrust Your Memory (Podcast, 28 min)
Among other behavior/belief/memory topics, a discussion of how hearing a bit of false information repeated often enough causes our brains to register it as true—just in time for political ad season!
The Mists of Time:
The Atlantic: Remember the Pandemic? by Russell Berman
Republicans are referring to COVID-19 in the past tense. Never has verb tense revealed so much about a political party—or seemed so plainly out of touch with reality.
Straight to the Source:
People: Chris Evans Launches 'A Starting Point' Website to Help Americans Get Real Facts to Inform Their Vote by Kara Warner
A Starting Point gives politicians from both parties the opportunity to explain, simply and directly, issues that are important to their voters. (7 min video here)
The Guardian: Population panic lets rich people off the hook for the climate crisis they are fuelling by George Monbiot
The formula for calculating people’s environmental footprint is simple:
Impact = Population x Affluence x Technology. Population growth is mostly concentrated among the world’s poorest people, who have scarcely any A or T to multiply their P.
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