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Wed Nov 6, 2019, 08:51 AM

My Hope

Given last night's election results, we might actually be seeing momentum toward a functioning, take-charge Democratic federal government. Not just to get us clear of current mafia and nazi insurgencies in our domestic government and foreign relationships.

Most important to me is to win in 2020 so that the U.S. will actually, automatically, stay IN the Paris Climate Accords. That's one step.

Here's the hope part. All ideas are welcome.

The next step, as I see it, is bigger and more necessary -- to budget and man large scale leadership on climate projects.

The best standing scalable projects exist in Gov Jay Inslee's Green New Future and Global Climate Projects. He's already made 1/3 of them work at his state's level. He's got a core team who've thought about and worked on these projects for years.

To avoid most (not all) of the cascading catastrophes scientists predict, the next president has to create a new Cabinet department within the Executive Branch. It needs an important name to match its goals. I can't think of one at the moment.

This Cabinet Head will have coordination power over

-- Homeland Security (climate refugee and FEMA disaster relief)
-- Dept of the Interior (monitoring vulnerable regions) and
-- Dept of Commerce (Big Data) and
-- Dept of Energy.

Gov. Jay Inslee's state level experience, along with tech and climate scientist expertise, can plan and implement large scale domestic and global cooperative projects through that level of government. Any other solutions within our current framework will hit self-interest walls, bureaucratic inertia and dead ends.

Without the status of an Executive Branch Cabinet Department, nothing will happen, except some random tech or for-profit innovation. Nothing will happen on the scale of mitigations that need to be done.

It all comes down to next year's voter turnout.

A government that can work to stop climate catastrophe is one issue that can get Millennials to GOTV.

My hope is for large scale action. Obama's core value.

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