The Republican party is self-destructing, and they may well take a livable climate with them. While the rise of the Tea Party is probably good for progressive politicians, the extreme radicalization of one of the two major parties has major downsides for Homo “sapiens” sapiens.
The Tea Party have probably cost the GOP a serious shot at the Senate this year. It should cost the GOP the House, but that would require the country’s progressive political leaders to be much better at messaging than they are. In the future, if the GOP can’t dump or seriously diminish the Tea Party, it will probably make it all but untenable for them to maintain majorities, except in very bad economic times.
Even the Politico, in its banner story on the election, spelled out the obvious winning message:
The nation’s premier state-led climate programs are under attack by a growing coalition of industry, tea party and conservative activists.
Opponents to limits on greenhouse gas emissions see the fights in California and New Jersey as the next step in the fight over global warming policy after the demise of federal cap-and-trade legislation on Capitol Hill.
By Climate Guest Blogger on Sep 15, 2010 at 9:31 am
Cities confront the global challenge, embrace clean energy
While national and international action will ultimately be needed to avert catastrophic climate change, serious action on both fronts is not imminent. In the meantime, local action will be crucial for identifying and testing best practices. Michael Coren has a good update at the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media on those who take to heart the dictum, think globally, act locally
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