Why the People’s Climate March Matters Now More Than Ever

By Jim Miller, originally published at San Diego Free Press

In the lead up to Earth Day, Elizabeth Kolbert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction, accurately observed that this year there wasn’t much to celebrate. She’s right. An administration that can’t seem to stop stepping on its own feet in nearly every other area has been pretty darn good at gearing up to kill the planet. As Kolbert writes in the New Yorker:

A White House characterized by flaming incompetence has nevertheless managed to do one thing effectively: it has trashed years’ worth of work to protect the planet. As David Horsey put it recently, in the Los Angeles Times, “Donald Trump’s foreign policy and legislative agenda may be a confused mess,” but “his administration’s attack on the environment is operating with the focus and zeal of the Spanish Inquisition.”

Indeed, the Trump Administration has delayed new energy and fuel efficiency standards, signaled that it will revoke Obama’s Clean Power Plan, proposed a budget that guts the Environmental Protection Agency and threatens to upend the Paris Accord on climate. Perhaps just as bad as this shameful catalog of terrible policy is the rebirth of climate denial as a legitimate ideology amongst top federal officials, and the assault on scientific fact and honest…[read the full article at San Diego Free Press]