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Thu Aug 9, 2018, 02:15 PM

I'm a climate change voter. Are you?

I believe human-caused climate change is real and presents a direct and deepening threat to life on Earth as we know it. I believe the air, the food and the water are all in grave peril. I can’t believe saying that remains controversial, because the evidence of it is literally on fire in front of us. The images are broadcast into our homes each night by the nightly news shows, whose anchors are at long last uttering the words, now that it might be too late.
Moses had the burning bush to show him the way; we have, among other things, the Mendocino Complex fire — the largest conflagration in California’s recorded history. Fires in Europe are 43 percent above the norm, and Greece along with much of the Mediterranean region is projected to transform into a desert within decades.
Japan and Korea are suffering unprecedented heat waves. Laos, Algeria, Greenland, Oman… there are bad records being set virtually everywhere on the map. Smoke from wildfires in Siberia made it all the way to my front porch in New Hampshire, and Sweden recently called for help because there are more massive wildfires burning out of control to the north of the Arctic Circle.

https://truthout.org/articles/the-coming-thunder-of-the-climate-change-voter/

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Response to bluescribbler (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 02:25 PM

1. At this point im a vote blue no matter who voter before that i was a vote blue

No matter who because scotus was in the balance.

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Response to bluescribbler (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 02:26 PM

2. I am a Democratic voter are you. Until we gain power nothing will get done.

We don’t have the luxury to be a one issuer voter.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:21 PM

12. Been a Democratic voter since I wasa old enough to vote.

My 1st vote was in the 1972 Presidential Primary. I voted for Shirley Chisholm.

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Response to bluescribbler (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 02:40 PM

3. I've been a climate change voter for years, and I believe there will be many more soon

I was waiting for a crisis so everyone else could catch up with me. I thought it would be the Maldives sinking forever under the waves, but forest fires will do. It's a macabre view, but that's human nature. We don't respond to an impending crisis until it is actually upon us.

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Response to bluescribbler (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 02:42 PM

4. There's only one climate change party, and we're it.

I'm that and a many-other-issues voter.

Btw, I've been a "climate change voter" since the mid 1970s. I was a couple years late to the game. In 1965 President Johnson sent formal notice to congress that they needed to get busy meeting this challenge, but I was too young to vote then and it was a college geology class that committed me.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 02:44 PM

5. Ditto

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Response to oasis (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 02:50 PM

7. :) Comes with being a progressive liberal Democrat.

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Response to bluescribbler (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 02:48 PM

6. i'm a holy-shit-these-assholes-will-get-us-all-killed voter, does that count? n/t

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Response to bluescribbler (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 03:52 PM

8. K&R! I sure am!

If we can't exist on this planet, then there's no point in anything else!

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Response to bluescribbler (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 04:02 PM

9. I'm a "we need a majority, or we'll never be able to do anything about climate change" voter. RU?

That's why I'm voting D without exception, no matter what I think of the candidate.

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Response to bluescribbler (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 04:03 PM

10. The Democratic Party is the party of Facts and Science, so what do you think?

Plus I live in California, and if there are any of my fellow Democratic Californians who think the drought and firenados are just Gawd's Will, I have not met them.

The Party Platform pretty much covers all my issues.

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Response to bluescribbler (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2018, 04:51 PM

11. Voting won't mitigate climate change ...

or any of the other negative human impacts on the environment: water pollution and overuse, elimination and degradation of natural habitat, etc, etc. Only widely-adopted and significant changes in personal behavior will make any difference:

♦Minimizing the number of gadgets, vehicles, appliances & clothing items we have - repairing rather than discarding & replacing.
♦Sacrificing personal comfort - leaving the A/C and heat off unless absolutely necessary, and making do with a few hundred square feet of living space.
♦Rejecting single-use products and packaging.
♦Eliminating travel as amusement.

Basically, nothing will significantly improve for the environment until Americans broadly reject consumerism. Is any politician advocating that?

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