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Millennial voters backing Green Party could repeat Bush-Gore climate, fracking fiasco of 2000

September 28, 2016, 10:51 am

The Craig Station power plant ranks as the top carbon polluter in Colorado.

So if you’re a millennial voter either deadset against or on the fence about voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president, you probably won’t read this because it’s being posted on an old-school blog. But hopefully someone can fill you in on how throwing your vote away on a third-party candidate can lead to 15 years of undeclared war and cost a precious decade in the fight against global climate change.

I’m talking, of course, about the 2000 presidential election, when a few hundred votes in Florida, squandered on well-intentioned Green Party candidate Ralph Nader, cost Democrat Al Gore the presidency. Republican George W. Bush claimed the White House and disastrously convinced Congress, including Clinton, that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

That monstrous intelligence failure led to an invasion of Iraq that destabilized the entire Middle East, propelled Iran to prominence in the region and created Isis in the power vacuum after President Barack Obama honored the Bush administration deal to pull out of Iraq. Clinton has admitted her mistake in supporting the invasion. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump won’t admit he backed the invasion even though he’s on tape with Howard Stern in 2002 saying, “Yeah, I guess so; I wish the first time it was done correctly.”

But the biggest lie Trump told Monday night during the first presidential debate was that he never said climate change is a Chinese hoax. He did say it even if now he’s trying to write it off as a joke, and he continues to call climate science a hoax benefiting the Chinese, a nation he claims does nothing to combat global warming.

Actually, Obama has struck a deal with China, which is shutting down coal mines and coal-fired power plants and rapidly becoming a renewable-energy leader. Both China and the U.S. support the Paris climate change accords, and Trump has said he’ll scrap those accords his first day in office.

If you’re a millennial voter and you’re still reading this, please closely consider that critical set of facts before you throw your vote away on Green Party candidate Jill Stein or Libertarian Gary Johnson, who knows so little about the Middle East that he couldn’t correctly identify Syria’s second largest city, Aleppo.

If Gore, whose groundbreaking 2006 climate-change film “An Inconvenient Truth” won two Academy Awards, had been elected instead of Bush in 2000, one can imagine that a national renewable energy standard and a carbon tax would have been put in place 10 years ago or even earlier. Instead, Gore lost by a few hundred votes in Florida, where Nader collected 90,000 votes.

Remember that Bush and his vice president, Dick Cheney, had deep ties with Haliburton and other oil and gas companies with a direct interest in spreading the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. In fact, in 2005 the Bush administration successfully exempted fracking from the Clean Water Act. That would not have happened on Gore’s watch, but it did because of the Green Party, and that can’t be allowed to happen again.

I get the frustration with the corporate-shill Democrats, many of whom have allowed rampant abuses in the banking industry and even backed fracking and the coal industry. But the Republicans controlling both houses of Congress and the White House would be way worse.

The GOP has in its party platform that it wants to sell off publicly owned federal lands for energy extraction. It would be an enormous environmental disaster if third-party Bernie Backers cost Clinton the White House.

Lastly, think about Trump picking the next Supreme Court justice, who will likely be the deciding factor in whether Obama’s Clean Power Plan is ultimately adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

And if none of that moves you to vote for Clinton, consider that Trump has openly stated he will revisit libel laws and clamp down on media critical of his administration. This may be one of the last anti-Trump blogs I’m allowed to write if millennials don’t get off the sidelines and help advance Obama’s climate agenda by electing Clinton.

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David O. Williams

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David O. Williams is the editor and co-founder of RealVail.com and has had his awarding-winning work (see About Us) published in more than 75 newspapers and magazines around the world, including 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), the Anchorage Daily Press (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Boulder Daily Camera, the Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming), the Chicago Tribune, Colorado Central Magazine, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), Colorado Newsline, Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Colorado Times Recorder, the Cortez Journal, the Craig Daily Press, the Curry Coastal Pilot (Oregon), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Del Norte Triplicate (California), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Gazette, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, Explore Big Sky (Mont.), the Fort Morgan Times (Colorado), the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), the Kingman Daily Miner (Arizona), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the Las Vegas Sun, the Leadville Herald-Democrat, the London Daily Mirror, the Moab Times Independent (Utah), the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), the Montrose Daily Press, The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, the Rio Blanco Herald Times (Colorado), Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), the Salt Lake Tribune, SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Sky-Hi News, the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Sterling Journal Advocate (Colorado), the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Health Magazine, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail, Westword (Denver), Writers on the Range and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

One Response to Millennial voters backing Green Party could repeat Bush-Gore climate, fracking fiasco of 2000

  1. Trakar Shaitanaku Reply

    September 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    “Millennial voters backing Green Party could repeat Bush-Gore climate,…”

    So you believe that thousands of registered Democratic voters in key swing states are going to vote for the Republican candidate? I mean as someone who has been a steady and reliable Democratic voter for the last 25+ years (voting for Reagan cured me of voting for Republicans, I can fully understand your fears about this democratic candidate not even winning her home state (such as happened in 2000), that the democratic party was determined to nominate a candidate that most of the country dislikes is not the fault of millennials, I applaud them for voting rather than sitting at home as most other disaffected have throughout our history. Personally, because climate change is such a serious issue for me, and Hillary’s greenwash is so tepid and blatantly insincere, this boomer will be writing in NOTA for the top of the ticket in this election.

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