…on the day after Trumpensteins monstrous triumph…
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Hours after the stunning U.S. presidential election returns showed an avowed climate change denier chosen for the nation’s highest office, environmentalists around the world grappled with what a Donald Trump presidency will mean for the planet.
Trump has vowed to renege on the Paris climate pact, reinvest in fossil fuel infrastructure, and to bring in a new era for the coal industry, not to mention repeatedly denying the reality of climate change.
“The next four years are critical for getting on the right pathway, and the disastrous election of Trump serves as a solemn reminder of the path ahead of us.”
—Becky Chung, SustainUS
“Africa is already burning. The election of Trump is a disaster for our continent. The United States, if it follows through on its new President’s rash words about withdrawing from the international climate regime, will become a pariah state in global efforts for climate action. This is a moment where the rest of the world must not waver and must redouble commitments to tackle dangerous climate change,” said Geoffrey Kamese of Friends of the Earth Africa.
From http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/11/09/it-really-bad by John Nichols
Despite the whining of “Never Trump” conservatives who griped that the Republican nominee was politically impure, Trump accepted the nomination of a socially and economically conservative party that spelled out its agenda in a platform that People for the American Way’s “Right-Wing Watch” recognized as a more extreme version of the party’s previous programs: “a far-right fever dream, a compilation of pouting, posturing, and policies to meet just about every demand from the overlapping Religious Right, Tea Party, corporate, and neo-conservative wings of the GOP.”
Gingrich correctly noted that the platform on which Trump was elected outlines an aggressive anti-labor agenda that parallels the worst of what Walker and other members of the GOP’s “Class of 2010″ implemented in the first months of their tenures. The new president has criticized minimum-wage laws and supported anti-union “right-to-work” laws. Only fools would doubt that his fiercely anti-labor vice presidential running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, will hesitate to implement the agenda (as a defining player on domestic policy) just as quickly as did Walker. Nor should they doubt any of the other outlandish and extreme commitments made by Trump during what the new president described in his victory speech as a “nasty” and “tough” campaign. Trump will have skilled and experience allies, not just in Pence but in House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
That means that the immediate response of progressives to Trump’s election must be one of opposition — an opposition that is prepared, as Democracy for America activists say they are, to “do everything in our power to obstruct, delay, and halt the attacks on people of color, women, and working families that will emerge from a Trump administration.” But this must be a knowing, and informed opposition. Protests will be a part of it; protests as large and impassioned as those seen in Scott Walker’s Madison and John Kasich’s Columbus and on occupied Wall Street. But protests cannot be the whole of the oppositin. Senate Democrats retain the filibuster power, and they must use it — from the start, and without apology. They must, however, understand why they are using it. The point is not partisanship, it is solidarity with everyone who cannot afford Trump or Trumpism.
Those who oppose Trump must embrace the critiques of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
John Nichols is Washington correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. His most recent book, co-authored with Robert W. McChesney is, Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. Other books written with McChesney include: The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again and Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy. Nichols’ other books include: The “S” Word: A Short History of an American Tradition, Dick: The Man Who is President and The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders’ Cure for Royalism.