We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Trump’s EPA Pick Is a Shill For the Oil Industry

Click here to access article by Sarah Emerson from Motherboard.

The evidence is accumulating to suggest the policies of the new Trump administration. So far people from Wall Street, retired military generals, and now a climate destabilization denier have been picked by Trump to head his cabinet positions. I can't help but wonder if the election/selection of Trump wasn't the ruling class's retaliatory response to all the Bernie Sander's supporters who were so active in challenging their choice of Hillary Clinton as CEO of America Inc. The current campaign to clamp down on alternative media ("fake news") may be another expression of this effort to retaliate against those who refuse to follow their orders and subscribe to their views.
Of all the people Donald Trump was considering to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), his eventual pick, Scott Pruitt, a fellow climate change denier, has the most dangerous ties to the fossil fuel industry. The news was announced today, after the Oklahoma attorney general beat out four other candidates, including climate change denier Myron Ebell.

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