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Why not sign my pledge?

So, the infamous Koch brothers, they of Americans for Prosperity, are circulating yet another Grover Norquist-styled ‘pledge’ – the “No Climate Tax Pledge” – that GOP Senators and Representatives – 411 legislators so far – find too irresistible to ignore. They are flocking to sign it. These knuckleheads pledge non-support for any climate change legislation that includes a net increase in government revenues, i.e. taxes. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich ( does a far better job than me to explain such unexplainable dimwittedness.

So the climate is warming and the polar caps are melting and the seas are rising because we insist on furthering an insulative cocoon of gases while our officials play make believe about this as they opt to side with corporate doofuses who smell a chance to continue to make money.

This ones for you, Koch Brothers. As they say, some people are so poor, all they have is money. I'm talking to you, dudes.

This ones for you, Koch brothers. As they say, some people are so poor, all they have is money. I’m talking to you, guys.

Great. I love these sorts of pledges because they pin legislator hides to the wall. They go on record in support of something most everyone else recognizes: we’re goofing up our environment, and soon, perhaps, irreparably so. Of course, the Koch brothers are old and will sooner than later be dead. None of this will matter to them. But it will to their children, grand children and great great grandchildren and their offspring beyond that.

Let’s be clear: I circulate in a much smaller realm. I don’t like litter and want us to do something about it. But litter is an anathema, too. In it’s own way, it contributes to our environmental demise.

So, in the spirit of ultra-creative GOP wordsmiths who continue to impress me with such swell sounding and patriotic pledges, here’s the Pick Up Your Path pledge:

  • I pledge to not throw stuff on the ground.
  • I pledge to be a good steward of our streets and landscape.
  • I pledge to recycle everything I can.
  • I pledge to continue to snicker when bigwigs like the Koch brothers and GOP keep dumping on our environment.

That last one may be the easiest pledge of all to keep.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility ( I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen these single pagers as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

2 Comments on Why not sign my pledge?

  1. I’m sorry but the last one is the ONLY one I can’t pledge…I can’t snicker…It’s tragic….I just don’t understand why these people apparently do not care what kind of world their grand children will have to live in….Maybe they intend to leave them enough money that they can rent a spaceship to move to another planet…who knows…For people who have the wealth the Koch Brothers have, you’d expect them to be a little smarter than they are…

    • This is all so depressing. The innate sense of right/wrong and fair play, let alone environmental concerns, are just totally missing in these guys. It’s all about the dollars.

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