The whole world and generations into the future will suffer because the US is unable to pass climate policy. The US lumbers like a wounded giant on the world stage, already beginning to clumsily sink islands and flood nations. Our ignorance kills you because our voters are bombed with lies by the dirty energy industries that control our media.
Here’s the solution. Money bomb our empty states with reverse propaganda: The US needs clean energy propaganda to fight dirty energy propaganda. Why target our empty states? Because empty states control US policies. Empty or full, every state in this country gets two Senators. As Americans, we don’t have one man: one vote. We have one state: one vote. Two, actually. (Yes, we have other branches of government, a president and so on, but the US Senate can make or break climate policy.)
Populations of fewer than a million people in the ten emptiest states control our Senate. Our huge empty states such as Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, get two Senators each to represent under 1% of US voters each. And California, gets just two senators too, to represent 12% of US voters.
Tying voting power to huge states, not people, has the effect of amplifying the votes of a rural North Dakotan by twelve votes to one urban Californian.
The Right controls the media in rural states to control that twelve vote advantage.
The media landscape has been controlled by the Right to keep people ignorant in these states. You’ll see what I mean if you drive through the states, and also the rural areas of urban states too. Only far right wing talk radio can be heard in these regions.
Currently the North Dakota voter can hear nothing other than fascist radio as he drives the vast tundras to work and back in a hypnotic state.
Fox News is on in all the public places. Rush Limbaugh keeps up a steady feed of lies about climate change. Rural internet connections are slow. Newspapers are just fluff.
But, with money, this can be reversed. Clean energy interests could counter these lies by purchasing the media time that the Right used to turn the voters in these states into dolts.
How do I know this would work? Because it just happened here.
The oil industry tried to take out California’s climate bill because it would be a foot in the door to nationwide US policy within a decade or two. (Democratically controlled California has long championed the policies that eventually seep out nationwide: more efficient cars, appliances, building codes, renewable energy standards.)
The usual array of shady front groups for dirty money funded Prop 23, and rounded up the local Tea Party to push it in the rural hinterlands of the state. At one point it seemed that we were doomed, because talk radio and Fox News rules practically from the back of the Berkeley Hills to the border.
But somehow, a coalition of clean energy interests, youth justice organizations, carbon traders, anti-asthma advocates, environmentalists and VC funders sprung into action, money bombing the hinterlands with an equally powerful reverse propaganda machine.
Clean energy interests spent more than dirty energy interests. The result?
Even voters who didn’t care enough about other choices on the ballot, such as senator, or even governor, drove to the polls to say No on Prop 23. It can be done. A clean energy consortium killed a dirty industry funded ballot measure designed to prevent our climate bill from taking effect next year.
Prop 23 was voted down 60-40.
So please, World: money-bomb America with good sense!
Image: Rob Jones