Hurricane Sandy could be the largest storm to hit the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website.
“The size of this alone, affecting a heavily populated area, is going to be history making,” said Jeff Masters, a hurricane specialist who writes a blog posted on the Weather Underground.
Everything is harder when you’re poor. If you’ve ever been poor you know what I’m talking about. Something as simple as doing your laundry can become a daylong chore because you have to get on a bus and go to a laundry-mat. Health issues loom larger because getting the time to go to the doctor is harder and paying the copay is a blow to your fragile economic security. I could give endless examples. To understand more about this reality read the book, “Nickle and Dimed.”
Are you ever amazed at what your wealthier friends are able to accomplish in a day? We tend to think that because they do so much they have that wealth, but it’s really the other way around. The more wealth you have, the more you’re able to get done. The conveniences and opportunities that the wealthy take for granted are only distant dreams to those who struggle from day to day. This unacknowledged privilege is what causes people like Mitt Romney to suggest that college students don’t need government loans, and that they can just “shop around” and “ask their parents for a loan.”
The more income a person has, the more likely they are to be Republican. White men vote more conservatively than any other group in America, because they have the most power in America. They vote for the party that protects and increases the unfair advantages they have.
In general, Republicans have more power. They find it easier to do things, including voting. In general, Democrats have less power, they find it harder to do things, including voting.
If you make voting harder, Republicans will win.
Insane disastrous weather conditions will certainly make voting harder. They will also dampen the efforts of Democrats to make it easier for people to vote.
Why am I telling you I think this hurricane might help Republicans win the election? Because I’m hoping that you’ll vote early and get other people to vote early to try to offset the effects.
There’s another factor at play in how Hurricane Sandy could impact the election. That factor is climate change.
Will the horror of this storm lead to a temporary spike in our nation talking about the reality of climate change? Will that possibly help people be more motivated to vote for President Obama and other Democratic candidates?
Perhaps. If we can kill a zombie lie, then yes. What is the zombie lie we need to kill? The zombie lie is that there is no significant difference between the candidates when it comes to climate change.
Wake up, zombie lie. It’s time to die.
“I think this is an election where we’ve seen the biggest contrast on energy and environment agendas in a long, long time,” said Jeff Gohringer, spokesman for the League of Conservation Voters, a national advocacy group.
To watch my video of President Obama talking about climate change when he visited OSU on October 9th 2012…
Here’s a quote from the video…
“My plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet, because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They are a threat to your future.”
Let’s look at some other quotes to understand where the candidates stand on climate change.
“Climate change is the one of the biggest issues of this generation, and we have to meet this challenge by driving smart policies that lead to greater growth in clean energy generation and result in a range of economic and social benefits. Since taking office I have established historic standards limiting greenhouse gas emissions from our vehicles for the first time in history. My administration has made unprecedented investments in clean energy, proposed the first-ever carbon pollution limits for new fossil-fuel-fired power plants and reduced carbon emissions within the Federal Government.”
“..there remains a lack of scientific consensus on the issue — on the extent of the warming, the extent of the human contribution, and the severity of the risk…”
“I’m not in this race to slow the rise of the oceans or to heal the planet.”
Maybe after Hurricane Sandy gets done with America we’ll be more interested in voting for the candidate who is in this race to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. But that will only happen if you do your part to help me kill the zombie lie. Let everyone know that there has never been a starker contrast. Let everyone know that President Obama and other Democrats are on our side, and on the side of the only planet we have to live on.
If you insist on thinking about this election only in economic terms then I invite you to think about what ever intensifying climate change related disasters will do to our economy. Think about it.
I’m supporting the team that will take the necessary action to decrease climate disasters, increase our access to safe power that will keep working and not add to the problem when disasters strike, and invest the necessary government money in disaster preparedness and recovery efforts. I’m doing that for myself and for the Americans who are about to be harmed by Hurricane Sandy.
Story by Lauren Michelle Kinsey
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