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Think Baby Think

You might think that the Trump administration, with it's utter ineptitude at mitigating, let alone overcoming and recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, would have little time or ability to cause extra mischief. Here, however, you would be wrong, because while Trump and the Republicans have seemingly given up on trying to help the American people through the worst crisis in modern history, they have never wavered in their mission to give everything to the rich, finally opening the rare and pristine wilderness of Alaska to fossil fuel extraction. This isn't just a project of Trump's, but of the entire Republican party, shepherded through by Lisa Murkowski, the supposed "moderate Republican" from Alaska, who slipped the legislation into must pass budgeting to prevent a possible filibuster. It never ceases to amaze, just how mean spirited and spiteful all of these people are: destroying critical ecosystems for an estimated $1.8B in revenue over 10 years! Add to that the climate implications, and the highly competitive prices of renewable energy and it's unclear what right minded person would support such a plan. Given the recent development in oil markets, do you think the Trump administration should open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time for drilling, or not? Not Open: 61% Open: 22% Not the American people, that's for sure! A measly one in five support this insane course of action. The American people have for several years been clear in their desire for the government to invest in transforming our energy system into a clean and renewable system, not ever doubling down on fossil fuel extracting nihilism.  Luckily, there is still time to stop this travesty. The cartoonish evil of the Trump administration is often only matched by their incompetence, and once again it appears that Trump's team has cut corners, and not done their homework. Lawsuits are already being drawn up, and there is some hope that the judiciary will intervene. But as we constantly point out here at DSOT, our government cannot currently be relied upon to represent the people, or even follow or uphold the law. If we are to protect these priceless and ever shrinking wildlife refuges from the voracious hunger of capitalist exploitation , and avoid climate catastrophe in the process,it's going to take an enduring collective movement of commensurate size and power, to the forces of economic oppression, ignorance and bigotry we face! to create that better future will require the stamina to outlast the powers that be, and convince them that there is no choice but to change or lose everything. Don’t miss this chance to  join us every Tuesday, in growing solidarity and power until we take back our democracy from amoral special interests, and greedy politicians: Don't Shop on Tuesdays!

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