Yakkity-yak, you say, why don’t they do something about it? Because too many Democrats and all the Republicans are afraid. On the D side, they’re afraid of Big Fossil’s money, which is poised to pin them on the wrong side of jobs if they act on climate. On the R side, a few of them are proud climate deniers, but most of them know better. They too are afraid of Big Fossil, and the prospect that talking like anything but a nut about climate will win them an oil-funded primary challenge from the Tea Party.
So they won’t act on climate. And if you can’t act, why talk? And since everybody stopped talking, it reduced the pressure to act. And so on, til we’re toast.
The Senators are breaking that vicious cycle of silence and denial and inaction. They are talking. And the more they talk — the more they spend time and words on the unimaginably grave consequences of doing nothing — the harder it becomes to sit still.The ecosystem of denial cannot, ultimately, withstand direct daylight.
Encourage them here.