Biden’s Win Is Great News for Us
and the Environment
President-elect Biden (I just love writing that!) has vowed to make the environment a top priority, including the Paris Climate Accord (yay!). America is positioned for a 180-degree turn on climate change, with the new administration seeking to shift the US off fossil fuels, expand protections for public lands, and support renewable energy. You can almost hear Mother Earth heaving a sigh of relief.
We can be sure the Republicans will fight this every inch of the way. So our task in the next four years is twofold: 1) push back on our GOP lawmakers, writing and calling to oppose any moves they make to block environmental protections, and 2) hold the new administration to the election promises that earned the support of climate-conscious voters like us.
But for now, let’s just take a moment to be thankful that in a year of horrific news, we finally have something to celebrate.
Things are finally looking up! (photo: Amr Alfiky/The New York Times)
One Vote, Two Votes,
Red Votes, Blue Votes
Welcome, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris! I'm so happy and relieved now, it's easy to forget what a torturous week we have all passed.
Four and a half days of vote counting left us pondering the hold that Trumpism has on the country—whatever ultimately happens to Trump himself. He'll be gone from the White House, but he'll continue to haunt our politics, a disembodied voice honking at us in all caps on Twitter. I can only hope that fewer and fewer people will be paying any attention.
“To those who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of elections myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance.” (Read the transcript of Biden's speech HERE)
The New Yorker: Trump Is Out of a Job Because So Many Did the Work by Bill McKibben
Think of how much work went into winning this victory, and how many people stepped up to do it. The women who marched the day after the Inauguration, the people who rushed to the airports the day of the Muslim ban, and the lawyers and advocates helping people held in border cages. Thanks to the climate-striking students, the Black Lives Matter activists, the Republicans of the Lincoln Project, the people who sent pizza to the polls. Thanks to you.
NPR: The Next 2020 Election Fight? Convincing Trump's Supporters That He Lost by Miles Parks
Three of the four most popular posts on Facebook in the past 24 hours were posts by the president in which he falsely claimed victory or cast doubts on the election's fairness.
Georgia On Our Mind:
Inside Elections: A Brief History of Georgia Runoffs, and Why This Time May Be Different by Jacob Rubashkin
Georgia’s election runoff system has been largely unkind to Democrats.
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