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Holy Grijalva, Batman!--A DEMOCRAT with Climate Guts

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One would swear that for Democrats, publicly taking responsibility for saving the climate is a deeply shameful act. Rather like a male Southern Baptist pastor confessing to his dumbstruck congregation that he'd made mad passionate gay love with Al Gore atop Lenin's tomb while Noam Chomsky anarcho-socialistically watched. That's why I was shocked, literally shocked, to find the following CREDO petition from Congressman Raul Grijalva in my e-mail inbox:

If I've given Grijalva's petition link its own paragraph, it's meant to serve as a string of exclamation points registering my shock. And needless to add, it marks an urgent plea to everyone concerned about saving our climate and environment from the crime-against-humanity pipeline to sign THIS petition.

CONGRESSMAN RAUL GRIJALVA--A Democrat (gasp!) with climate cajones.
CONGRESSMAN RAUL GRIJALVA--A Democrat (gasp!) with climate cajones.
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Because, of course, I get it: well-intentioned petitions are a dime a dozen, perhaps don't even get delivered, and are usually a waste of activists' time. But this one is different, because of the magic name attached to it: DEMOCRATIC Congressman Raul Grijalva. When was the last time you saw a prominent Democratic pol deliberately going public with an act of climate defense--or publicly protesting a crime against humanity?

If Pierre Omidyar's First Look news service were fully up and operational, this would be an earth-shattering, almost scandalous story for them to break: a public act of climate courage from a DEMOCRAT! And it would definitely require adversarial journalism, the sort that might easily earn some marquee-name mucky-muck a Pulitzer--or an all-expenses-paid trip to some black-ops tropical hotel. For it's unsavory news neither the Democratic Party establishment nor mainstream media wishes to have widely spread.

See, as popular OpEdNews journalist Eric Zuesse frequently warns me, Democrats are supposed to maintain a prim, well-disciplined silence about climate. I catch the serious vibe he feels Elizabeth Warren--in Zuesse's view, a climate heroine based on one off-the-radar act--would be doing something shockingly unladylike (like announcing she madams a chain of brothels) if she actually publicly spoke about climate. So far, Liz Warren's ladylike climate reputation with respectable folks remains verifiably intact.

But Raul Grijalva--why, this is like the Democratic Party version of Sarah Palin "going rogue"! And like the divine Ms. Sarah, that rogue breaker of climate discipline, that black sheep of the Democrat family Sr. Grijalva will undoubtedly have his admirers--among disreputable folk. They're called progressives, and if you're willing to finger-flip the respectable planet-destroying establishment and call yourself one, I implore you to sign--and widely share--Congressman Grijalva's courageous anti-Keystone XL petition. And PLEASE write him expressing your gratitude (there's contact info on the petition page).  

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Patrick Walker is co-founder of Revolt Against Plutocracy (RAP) and the Bernie or Bust movement it spawned. Before that, he cut his activist teeth with the anti-fracking and Occupy Scranton PA movements. No longer with RAP, he wields his pen (more...)

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