Back in 2013 the main weather event that captivated the US press was Hurricane Sandy, a storm that smashed into the East Coast of the United States severely impacting people in Florida all the way up to New York. Indeed New York was one of the worst states hit as the storm surge hit Staten Island and resulted in hundreds of thousands of people in the North East without power and many were forced to flee. The narrative of this storm is that the United States pulled together in this time of crisis, as personified by Governor Chris Christie hugging President Obama after the storm hit New Jersey, but this is not the case. Some Republican senators instead opted for political point scoring and now their hypocrisy needs to be called out.
When Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement the world stood firm in opposition to his idiotic decision. Something that was noteworthy from the time of the announcement was the number of governors and mayors who said that they intended to stand by commitments to reduce carbon emissions. This act of refusal is important because it shows how representatives outside of the federal government can tackle climate change even if the President has the intellectual calibre of an especially dim squirrel. The environmental movement has to use its resources carefully and focus its energies on ways to do serious damage to those corporations that are, in large part, responsible for the current climate crisis.
I don’t normally make a big deal out of a single poll because there could be rounding errors, or it could be an outlier, or there could be flaws in the methodology, but a result revealed in this particular poll made me perk up. A recent Washington Post/Survey Monkey poll shows a number of states placed in the ‘tossup’ category that wouldn’t usually be there. This category includes states that were previously purple like Ohio and Florida, but also Mississippi and Texas. The poll actually puts Trump behind in Texas. For me whether or not this poll is accurate doesn’t matter, but what this poll can potentially galvanise does.