I typically condemn those who vote for one party or the other because of single-issue considerations–like gun control or abortion or immigration or renewable energy policy or prison reform or…
And I typically don’t overtly blog about politics as such, for or against either of the would-be parties that purport to represent our interests.
But if I was to be one to support a one-plank platform and should I ever become a blogger who opined about political choices in presidential election years, that one plank would be “the environment.”
I grieve that we have so corrupted that word that it immediately sends those to the right looking for a stick with which to throttle a tree-hugging hippie. I’ve written about this before, offering the notion that “you ARE the environment.”
So, while not swooning over our current administration’s waffling stand for the environment, the GOP’s stated intentions with regard to said environment makes me heart-sick.
Here are the the intentional, blatant abolitions intended for most of the last 45 years of progress, made while I watched since the early 70s, towards protection of our air, water, soils, forest, atmosphere, oceans and national forest and parks. linkÂ from Grist,com
– Abolish the EPA as we know it.
– Expedite export terminals for liquefied natural gas.
– Oppose any carbon tax.
– Kill federal fracking regulations.
– Build the Keystone XL pipeline and more like it.
– Cancel the Clean Power Plan.
– Halt funding for the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.
– Revoke the ability of the president to designate national monuments.
– Turn federal lands over to states.
– Forbid the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide.
– Stop environmental regulatory agencies from settling lawsuits out of court.
If you want a single-issue to determine your vote, I suggest it be the ongoing health of the planet and our care for its finite and stressed resources, habitats, biomes, and vanishingly-diverse population of living things.
We are the environment. It’s resilience and health–not stockholder happiness and short-term profits–will sustain our children 45 years from now. Or not.