Posted by Jonathan Parfrey on April 27, 2017
Congratulations. You’ve survived the first 100 days of Donald J. Trump’s presidency.
(Breathe in. Breathe out.)
I must confess — this demolition derby government is so awful I can’t take my eyes away.
I check my Twitter feed twenty times a day . . . and check Twitter at night . . . even at dinner . . . then I check Twitter first thing in the morning, wondering what scandal transpired while I was sleeping.
It’s an unhealthy obsession, so let’s talk about remedies.
I see two main theories of change on how to best prevent federal backsliding on climate change.
The first theory is: Washington is the problem, so let’s send money to Washington. It’s the Little Dutch Boy argument — plug the dyke where it’s leaking. When the comedian John Oliver told folks to send dollars to Washington-based groups, the public responded in record numbers.
When national NGOs focus on legal action, I think that’s money well spent. The courts are proving to be a healthy check on presidential power. But if contributions are being spent to advance regulatory or legislative policy, well, in my view, that’s a huge waste of money . . . at least for the next four years.
The second theory of change — the one I prefer — is to keep California strong.
Did you know that one out of nine Americans now resides in California? If California were its own country, it would be the sixth largest economy in the world.
California is important — and our actions are consequential and influential. Although California’s main climate goal sounds wonky — reduce emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by the year 2030 — this legally-mandated target is changing everything we do in the state. This mandate will change how we obtain energy, how we commute, how we build, how we cook . . . and the list goes on.
As California stretches to meet this ambitious climate goal, there will be a backlash. You can count on it. It’s human nature. People like the things they’re used to — and climate times they are a-changin’.
To my thinking, we’re going to need politically-savvy and business-savvy and people-savvy environmentalists right here in California. We need our state’s climate programs to succeed, so California may continue to serve as a natural model.
This is why I get up in the morning — besides checking my Twitter feed — because our work at Climate Resolve is helping to save our great Union.