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 (www.robertrreich.org) 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.
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.