Comes down to it, you have to take your blessings as they come, and so after another national election we can finally sit back and say “Well? We’re slightly less screwed now.”
We’re still screwed. A lot more people are inclined to “believe in” global warming now than used to, not that global warming cares. But many of them are not entirely up to snuff on the details. There’s a general consensus that the weather is getting grumbly. Still, the average American is probably thinking along the lines of “three degrees warmer? I could live with three degrees warmer,” as though, worldwide, we will all be fine if we unbutton our cardigans. Sure, some of those coastal areas are getting smacked pretty good, and the west coast is basically on fire, but if we just drive our SUVs inland a bit, we’ll be okay.
Say, to the good ol’ heartland. Where the good ol’ Heartland Institute chirps that there is no existential threat involved with climate change! None! Because, you see, historically, more people have died of being too cold than of being too hot. Also, they point out saliently, Ted Kaczyinski, the Unabomber, still believes in global warming. Clearly, we’ll be fine.
That’s not really the way it works, though. Ocean warming has changed the currents. Sea ice supports algae in the Arctic and krill in the Antarctic and we’re yanking the loose threads on the food chain. The Gulf Stream, which is responsible for climate conditions in Europe, is slowing down ominously and is likely to drastically affect rainfall and temperatures. Some areas will be inundated and others parched. People will be on the move—in the billions. Our current global average temperature would not be 59 degrees but 122 degrees if the oceans hadn’t absorbed most of the warming so far, but even the ocean has its limits, and is approaching them. Infectious disease is on the rise. And we ignore all this to protect the profit from a dwindling energy source that we must transition from eventually anyway. We know what we must do and we know how to go about it but we lack political will.
So anyway, it could have been a lot worse in our election. We could have gotten a lot more power in the hands of people who were dropped on their heads as children—such as your Taylor Greenes, your Boeberts, your Gaetzes—or even added another Louie Gohmert, who was reportedly not dropped on his head so much as spiked like a football.
As it is, there has been a change in attitude among Republicans in the last few years, with a significantly larger percentage agreeing that climate warming (a) exists and (b) is caused by human activity, and they plan to address it by boosting fossil fuel production and increasing handouts to the petroleum industries. This will ease the pressure on Americans’ wallets, they say, which will be increasingly important after they ditch Social Security and Medicare.
All in all, we’d be better off with fewer Republicans, which we didn’t quite achieve this time around, but there are points of light. Beams of hope. Places in which the states, as the nation’s vaunted laboratories of ideas, can innovate to our benefit.
Idaho, for instance, is taking these existential threats seriously, and has not only instituted mandatory birthing because you just can’t have enough Idahoans, but has taken aim at the Drag Queen Story Reading cartels. Big Drag Queen has been in charge of the nation’s youth for far too long. It’s hard to predict what percentage of our fetal population will be good Aryans and what will be drag queens, but they’re willing to take their chances.
Citizens in at least eleven counties in Oregon have been so enthralled by Idaho’s no-nonsense attitude toward bogeymen that they have voted to redraw the border for a new Greater Idaho, with them inside it.
So I guess you all will have to continue to contend with the spread of hurricanes and wildfire and tornadoes and drought and mosquitoes. Here in Oregon, we have to fight the spread of Idaho.
Is this thing on?
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been working my ass off for Thanksgiving prep. IF ONLY it were my gut instead of my ass….
Okay. I was worrit.
I think I love you!
Thanks! Except, crumb! Now I have that Partridge Family song going through my head.
I am a long time reader and was able to see this blog post dated Nov 23rd. Trying out a comment for you.
Bless yore heart. It’s just that I get up late (five or six hours after these posts are set to go off) and this was the first time I hadn’t seen any comments yet. Keep reading!
Huh. Had trouble seeing comments? I’ve not checked your outstanding blog in a day or so, so I’m behind the curve, as usual.
I view the recent elections results somewhat it appears you do…it coulda been worse. And, frankly, that worries me.
So, if we’re happy about ‘it could’a been worse’, what else will be be happy about? ‘Well, yeah, trump got elected, but hey! We still have the Senate for two years!’?
Or, ‘Ok, sure, abortion is banned in the US, but, hey! Canada is a days drive if you live in Oregon or Washington!’?
So, Murr…ease my mind here…tell me that there’s going to be a sudden rise not in sea temps, but in the IQ of the american public.
Like Janis sang: “I wait until 3, for my color TV”…
I can’t ease your mind on that count, except to repeat that it could very well have been worse. And that when it comes to the down-ticket choices, Americans seem to have been appalled by the election denialists and their attempted takeover of our elections. Secretaries of State are in good hands and that’s a big deal.
Y’know, Murr, I don’t, as a habit, listen to or watch news as voraciously as Paul does, because it depresses the fuck out of me. But I DO listen to jazz streaming from a local station, and they are an affiliate of NPR, so have the NPR news every hour. I hear quite enough! All these shootings lately! When the hell are they going to take guns away from these people?! How many more innocent people have to be killed before we rethink gun laws? Hey, if they could take rights away from women, they can take them away from gun-totin’ white supremacists. Right? …..Right? (Please say “right”……)
Well, if you’re an “originalist,” you don’t have to worry about the womenses. They don’t count.
I’m SO glad we don’t have a Republican governor. I wanted the independent, but I guess we’re too party specific here. I was wondering, Is there a green way to go cross country, short of bicycle or walking?
Well Roxie, I went by bicycle, so I’m not willing to rule that out! (Yes, that was almost fifty years ago.)
I did not want the independent. I do understand her appeal. But she was a disaster on climate change, my #1 priority. This is not an issue where I want to split the difference. I don’t want bipartisanship when one side is bonkers and/or evil.
The train is a good choice and other transit, ie buses with 40 people instead of one belching giant vehicle for 2 people in giant squishy seats…….
During the height of the pandemic, we had gigantic belching buses with 2 people in them.
The notification of your latest piece just came up in my feed. You’re preaching to the choir, Murr and there just aren’t that many of us. I elected not to have children years ago because my family has various lethal genes. And if I’d had them, I wouldn’t be able to look their children in the eye for the mess we elders have made. My sibs went ahead and had four children each and those children are marrying and having children who all believe there’s an old man in the sky who will bail them out and vaccinations are just hooey. I can barely stand to be in the same room with them. Their parents are far from dumb (geneticist, corporate financial officer, concert pianist) but they’re all Conservative Republicans and Fundamentalist Christians.
Uh, Bruce? Happy Thanksgiving? Could be challenging! Oh Dear.
Also, how do explain “Conservative Republicans,” “Fundamentalist Christians,” and “far from dumb?
I wish I could say something encouraging. I’m reminded of the time, just after Biden’s election, when a friend sent an email asking, in essence, “Aren’t you two celebrating your butts off?” and I replied only “We’re waiting for the putsch.” Then January 6th happened, and she wrote to me only “You were right.”
“There is no system of government that can maintain a civil society if enough of the people are no damn good.” —me
Yes, it could have been worse. A lot of good people were elected and many horrible Trump-aligned people were not. I would like to see more ranked-choice voting and more direct democracy. States where people could directly vote on an issue instead of a candidate approved legalized pot and upheld abortion rights.
I’ve worked election day in our little rural precinct five times now. I am stunned by the determination of Republican voters to do what they want and Eff You Again. There is no logical, rational explanation for their affiliation. They don’t think or reason. They just do what their parents did. Unfortunately, today’s Republicans are OK with violence, guns, and hate.
The manifestations are complicated and mystifying, but the root is simple: Trump was a walking dogwhistle, a dogwhistle that said “Stick with me and you’ll get the race-and-religion war I promised you!” And that war is the idol upon whose altar they will gladly sacrifice their children, their parents and themselves. They would, of course, deny that vehemently, even violently, but ignore what they say and watch what they do.
There is a saying, and I’m paraphrasing, “If someone says one thing but does something contrary to that, believe what he DOES and not what he SAYS.” I can’t remember who said it, but I’ve found it to be true.
And Trump! He used to be a Democrat, but then he became a Republican. “Anyway the wind blows… doesn’t really matter… to me…..” (Okay, Murr, NOW you’ll have Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody as an earworm! But it beats the hell out of “I Think I Love You” by the Partridge Family. You’re welcome.)
I found a first person plural version of that in something that Nixon’s Attorney General, John Mitchell, told reporters: ”Watch what we do, not what we say.” Somehow I doubt that was the first time. I’ll ask “Garson O’Toole” of the Quote Investigator website if he knows of an earlier instance.
We have enough conservatives and economically disadvantaged counties in Idaho so we really don’t need yours. They’re forgetting they’d have to give up their cannabis and pay sales tax. I think the cannabis stores in Ontario and Huntington are keeping those counties afloat. Of course, it is mostly Idaho cars you see in the parking lot.
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