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Tue Jun 29, 2021, 07:17 PM

The country is on fire, and the biggest obstacle to action is the GOP

In the Pacific Northwest, where high temperatures this time of year are usually in the 70s, residents who never had much need for air conditioning are suffering through an almost apocalyptic heat wave: On Monday it reached 107 in Seattle, 115 in Portland, Ore., and 117 in Salem, Ore.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, D.C., members of both parties came together to hammer out a bipartisan infrastructure deal. But to get Republicans to agree to it, President Biden and the Democrats had to set aside almost everything they have proposed to do about climate change.

Thatís about as clear a summation of American climate politics in 2021 as you could ask for: the effects of climate change becoming more vivid all the time, Democrats eager to move aggressively on the crisis, and the Republican Party working hard to make sure the federal government does as little as possible.

That isnít to say that the politics are simple. Not every Republican is a deranged climate denier bringing snowballs to the Senate floor to try to prove that climate change is a hoax. The GOP has a diversity of opinion on climate. But while some individual Republicans want to do something, they butt up against a party consensus that emphatically rejects meaningful action, and incentives that push ambitious members of their party toward the most retrograde positions.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/06/29/country-is-fire-biggest-obstacle-action-is-gop/

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Reply The country is on fire, and the biggest obstacle to action is the GOP (Original post)
Zorro Jun 2021 OP
onecaliberal Jun 2021 #1
jimfields33 Jun 2021 #4
lagomorph777 Jun 2021 #5
11 Bravo Jun 2021 #2
FreepFryer Jun 2021 #3
CanonRay Jun 2021 #6
TheFarseer Jun 2021 #7
ancianita Jun 2021 #8
RainCaster Jul 2021 #9

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Jun 29, 2021, 07:21 PM

1. Why do we wait on them?

Theyíve shown us they donít care if we all die.

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 29, 2021, 07:35 PM

4. We have all three branches.

Repugs can cry all they want. Weíre in control.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 29, 2021, 07:56 PM

5. We're only in control if we keep our side in line, and if we choose to take charge.

We don't seem to be doing either of those things at the moment.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Jun 29, 2021, 07:24 PM

2. Name any real problem facing this country, and the GOP will be standing in the way ...

of addressing it.

It's what they do.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Jun 29, 2021, 07:24 PM

3. They're holding the matches, and the gasoline. But they're soaked in it. (Nt)

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Jun 29, 2021, 08:18 PM

6. Kill the planet

to own the Libs. Yeah, makes the usual amount of sense.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Jun 30, 2021, 12:38 PM

7. "Not every Republican is a climate denier"

Iím not sure Iíve ever met a Republican that wanted action on Climate Change.

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Response to TheFarseer (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 30, 2021, 02:00 PM

8. Exactly. Let's not kid ourselves. They talk like cowards, not moderate Republicans.

I've never met one either who isn't a lockstep follower of their platform, which is a person.

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Response to TheFarseer (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 1, 2021, 12:02 AM

9. But every climate denier is a Republican

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