It's easy to be depressed with the inevitable losses and setbacks, but increased membership and support means more money for lawsuits, more people attending hearings and protests, etc., more people voting green in 2018 and 2020, so even if the federal government is a dead loss, state governments don't have to be - e.g. California voted for Clinton by 61 to 34%, a margin of 2.5 million votes, so environmental fights will move from federal to the state and local levels.TonyWilliams wrote:They can have all the members they want. One party rule is what we have, just like China, so those members can make all the noise they want. Sue all the want.GRA wrote:Reagan's appointments of James Watt at Interior and Anne Gorsuch Burford at EPA were the best recruitment boosters the Sierra Club, NRDC, FoE, etc. ever had, and with a Climate Change Denier-in-Chief in office, I expect a similar increase in membership and funds..
The Republicans win.
And, Republicans will keep winning in 2020, when the Republican controlled House of Representatives does some updated Gerrymandering without any pesky opposition, locking them in to 2030.
The Senate is more precarious in 2018, but beyond that glimmer of hope, Trump will be around until 2020 / 2024, they will have the Supreme Court locked up to rubber stamp any law as "constitutional", and there's not an f-ing thing anybody can do about it.
Environmentalism survived what seemed to many of us like 8 endless years under Reagan and the succeeding somewhat less doom-and-gloom 4 years under Bush 41; it can survive 4 (or or even 8) years of Trump, and as with Reagan/Bush, come out stronger as a result. What's the alternative, to throw up our hands and say 'a pox on you all, I'm done'?