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(NPR)   Overly optimistic young people with no hearts and no souls think the GOP will bite the hand of the fossil fuel industry that pays for their campaigns   (npr.org) divider line
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2020-09-25 10:29:53 AM  
"If President Trump wants to get my vote, he's going to have to prioritize climate change in a way that he has not done over the past four years," says Backer.


Oh, my, my. You sweet, summer child.

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2020-09-25 11:44:39 AM  
"They were Audubon members, Nature Conservancy members. But they were conservative, and I grew up not thinking that the environment should be political at all," says Backer.

You're right, it shouldn't be. But lots of things that should be one way aren't. So you're going to have to make a choice if you value the environment or your conservative politics more.
 
2020-09-25 11:52:15 AM  
We support the racism and classism, but could Hair OrangeSkin please consider saving the economy for us to exploit when we get older and take the reigns of power?
 
2020-09-25 11:57:45 AM  
"I am intelligent enough to understand that the environment is an issue that is particularly important to me, since I'm so very young and will be forced to live on an increasingly unlivable Earth long after the leaders who are ignoring the damage they're inflicting are now dead and will no longer care. However, what's more important to me is working to ensure that the systemic systems of racial and sexual oppression that have worked to the benefit of my parents and grandparents continue to work to my own benefit as well. If they can't, then I'm just not sure that saving the environment is worth it."
 
2020-09-25 11:59:48 AM  
Who the feck starts a political group after their freshman year in college

Oh, yeah, nazi looking guys that don't get invited to parties with chicks who at least might consider going home with them
 
2020-09-25 1:00:32 PM  
I feel bad for the guy. He clearly is not rich enough to afford climate-change resistant underground bunkers and henchmen with shock collars. And starting some non-profit organization is not going to get him the kind of money he'll need for heavy-duty nuclear winter proof shielding.
 
2020-09-25 2:05:11 PM  
Wow, so you guys have figured out you have to live long enough to amass enough wealth to no longer care ?  Was there some sort of estate tax passed that I haven't heard about ?  Or are you guys not bootstrappy enough to have a sizeable inheritance ?  Oh well, welcome aboard I suppose - not actively hindering is at least something.  Baby Steps.

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2020-09-25 2:11:03 PM  

Pocket Ninja: "I am intelligent enough to understand that the environment is an issue that is particularly important to me, since I'm so very young and will be forced to live on an increasingly unlivable Earth long after the leaders who are ignoring the damage they're inflicting are now dead and will no longer care. However, what's more important to me is working to ensure that the systemic systems of racial and sexual oppression that have worked to the benefit of my parents and grandparents continue to work to my own benefit as well. If they can't, then I'm just not sure that saving the environment is worth it."


So... D?
 
2020-09-25 2:15:12 PM  
"Scientists say that time line is short, but Inglis believes the country is more likely to succeed if both sides of the aisle are focused on thechallenge."

Good luck with that...
 
2020-09-25 2:16:22 PM  
Are these the same youths we're trying to inspire into voting in progressives at long last?
 
2020-09-25 2:16:50 PM  

Brian The Fist: Wow, so you guys have figured out you have to live long enough to amass enough wealth to no longer care ?  Was there some sort of estate tax passed that I haven't heard about ?  Or are you guys not bootstrappy enough to have a sizeable inheritance ?  Oh well, welcome aboard I suppose - not actively hindering is at least something.  Baby Steps.

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Is that TWO What About Bob references I read on Fark today?
 
2020-09-25 2:18:18 PM  
They believe in climate change?

RINOs
 
2020-09-25 2:18:37 PM  

baka-san: Who the feck starts a political group after their freshman year in college

Oh, yeah, nazi looking guys that don't get invited to parties with chicks who at least might consider going home with them


I dunno about nazi-looking, but that pretty much describes me and i never considered forming my own conservative political movement out of Uni.
 
2020-09-25 2:22:24 PM  
With helpful picture of what "Aryan" might look like:

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2020-09-25 2:23:33 PM  
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2020-09-25 2:28:45 PM  
The damage being wrought by ocean acidification and fossil fuel-laden extreme weather events is undeniable at this stage, so they've managed to comport their entire worldview to supposing that it will still somehow fit.

This coming from the party that mocked evidence as alarmist, and seeks to reject any sort of worldwide effort that will be necessary to mitigate the problem.
 
2020-09-25 2:30:44 PM  
Look, we can save the planet and hate poor people and minorities.  We can do this.
 
2020-09-25 2:40:06 PM  
I'm not hip by any means and I have no idea what the kids are into but I just don't see many young people being Republicans.

Its like Coke vs Pepsi
 
2020-09-25 3:29:42 PM  
Tl;dr

Young Republican realizes that if the world is too destroyed too early there won't be anything left for him to loot?
 
2020-09-25 3:47:34 PM  

Gestalt: The damage being wrought by ocean acidification and fossil fuel-laden extreme weather events is undeniable at this stage, so they've managed to comport their entire worldview to supposing that it will still somehow fit.

This coming from the party that mocked evidence as alarmist, and seeks to reject any sort of worldwide effort that will be necessary to mitigate the problem.


They're the antisocial party that can't cooperate with others to solve large problems. Instead, they deny the problems exist.
 
2020-09-25 3:50:44 PM  
So basically, the Log Cabin Republicans of climate change.
 
2020-09-25 3:53:52 PM  
Here's Becker's American Climate Contract.

Clearly it is the work of someone far outside the mainstream of the American right. It actually admits climate change is real, and offers positive suggestions for minimizing its impact and managing the effects that are now unavoidable.

The GOP made its choice long ago. Do nothing whatever about the effects of climate change beyond finding a way to blame it on Red China and the Jew-Bolsheviks.
 
2020-09-25 5:05:41 PM  
Donald Trump DGAF what the world's gonna be like in 10, 20, or even 5 years. He'll be dead then, and he knows his kids can afford to barricade themselves against the crisis indefinitely.

/This assumes Donald Trump acknowledges his own mortality.
 
2020-09-25 5:26:47 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Donald Trump DGAF what the world's gonna be like in 10, 20, or even 5 years. He'll be dead then, and he knows his kids can afford to barricade themselves against the crisis indefinitely.

/This assumes Donald Trump acknowledges his own mortality.


And that he's capable of understanding the idea of the future.
 
2020-09-25 6:02:54 PM  

UndeadPoetsSociety: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Donald Trump DGAF what the world's gonna be like in 10, 20, or even 5 years. He'll be dead then, and he knows his kids can afford to barricade themselves against the crisis indefinitely.

/This assumes Donald Trump acknowledges his own mortality.

And that he's capable of understanding the idea of the future.


I picture it like that scene in Idiocracywhere Joel's explaining how he'll make the lawyer rich with the time machine,
 
2020-09-25 6:58:46 PM  

TexasDavid: Young Republican realizes that if the world is too destroyed too early there won't be anything left for him to loot?


Never underestimate the power of Enlightened Self-Interest.  "The rising tide lifts all boats" and all that.

Old School Republicans are basically Ferengi - they're just in it for the money - but the Ferengi can be reasoned with. Convince them how green energy would help the economy and put money in their pockets and, well, that's all you really need to do.  They'll happily go along with anything - even liberal ideas - if it means more profits in the end.  You just have to frame your arguments along those lines and they'll get on board.

Trump Republicans, on the other hand, are more like Daleks.  The feel no emotion other than hate and have no desires other than destruction.  They can't be reasoned with.  All they want is to destroy everything that isn't themselves and they don't care if they hurt themselves in the process so long as they can act out their hatred of the world.  There's no point in trying to engage with them on any level, because they're just a lost cause from start to finish.  Like, ten years in a mental ward couldn't help them level gone.
 
2020-09-25 9:49:26 PM  
He's anti-gay marriage.
Anti-gay workplace protections.
I hope he rolls off a cliff.
 
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