“(T)he Endangered Species Act (ESA) should not include species such as gray wolves and other species if these species exist elsewhere in healthy numbers in another state or country.” ~ The Republican 2016 platform
One wonders how a major party can square their religious fervor with their short-sighted determination to destroy creation for money. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is the very embodiment of the deadly ideology of the Republican Party, shored up by a rigid National Rifle Association death culture, white male supremacy, misogyny, and hatred of the “other” — be it religion, race, gender or other species.
The most fundamental crises of our times are climate change and destruction of biodiversity. Our oceans are acidifying and dying. More than half the wildlife in the world has been destroyed in the past four decades. Humans cannot live on a dead world with dead oceans and lifeless skies — but we continue racing in that direction at a terrifying rate
So how does the Republican Party platform address these vital issues that scientists say are urgent to solve?
The platform states: “There is certainly a need to protect certain species threatened worldwide with extinction.
Wait for it:
“However, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) should not include species such as gray wolves and other species if these species exist elsewhere in healthy numbers in another state or country. To upset the economic viability of an area with an unneeded designation costs jobs and hurts local communities. … For example, we oppose the listing of the lesser prairie chicken and the potential listing of the sage grouse.”
So the ESA should not save the gray wolf. Let some other country do that. According to Republican doctrine, the value of keystone species in balancing the community of life should be forfeited to ranching cows, while destroying native wild horses and burros, groundhogs, natural predators and ancient aquifers.
The platform states that “ranching on public lands must be fostered, developed, and encouraged.” Think Cliven Bundy and his entitlement to graze cattle on our publicly purchased lands without payment for decades. Then think of the NRA and the stand-off of the gun-toting Bundy militia groups. When ranchers do pay, it is a pittance to degrade, desertify, and destroy native wildlife, prairie and woodland ecosystems, and especially natural predators.
The platform proposes to transfer national parks and forests to the states, many of which are dominated by Republican control with gerrymandering.
After almost eight years of the Obama presidency enduring the well-documented Republican obstruction of any presidential initiative to improve people’s lives, infrastructure, renewable energy, or regulate the big banks and Wall Street, the platform states ironically, “Republicans are dedicated to leading this coiiiiuntry forward, which includes getting things done on time.”
It must be time to vote on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. It must be time to create millions of good-paying jobs repairing crumbling infrastructure and shifting to renewable energy. It must be time to do a Manhattan-style project to save biodiversity, address ocean acidification, end destruction of large mammals for heads on walls, and stop the barbaric trapping of millions of innocent animals for their skins. The diseases bearing down on us —Lyme disease and other tick-borne deadly bacteria, zika virus, ebola, avian flu, white-nosed bat fungus, and prion diseases like mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease — these are all plagues resulting from human-caused imbalance in nature.
The GOP platform plunges backward into Koch fantasyland, stating: “Thirty years ago, the world’s estimated reserves of oil were 645 billion barrels. Today, that figure is 1.65 trillion barrels. The more we know what we will have in the future, the better we can decide how to use it. That is why we support the opening of public lands and the outer continental shelf to exploration and responsible production.” For that development, they want the federal government to turn over federal lands to the states.
Think Scott Walker hand in oily hand with the Koch brothers.
The platform further states: “The Democratic Party does not understand that coal is an abundant, clean, affordable, reliable domestic energy resource…. The Keystone Pipeline has become a symbol of everything wrong with the current administration’s ideological approach….We oppose any carbon tax…. We demand an immediate halt to U.S. funding for the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change…. We reject the (climate mitigation) agendas of both the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.”
Even after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the platform extols nuclear energy. Accordingly, the platform portrays scientific warnings of dire consequences of runaway climate change as an “ideological” fiction of the Democratic Party.
Think tipping points and rising sea levels, tsunamis, raging wildfires, floods, stronger winds and hurricanes, ecosystem collapse and an unlivable planet.
And then: “The environment is too important to be left to radical environmentalists.” It refers to the “illusion of an environmental crisis.” Republicans want to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency and its “politicized science.”
The Republican platform further states: “We oppose ill-conceived laws that would restrict magazine capacity or ban the sale of the most popular and common modern rifle” (the semi-automatic legally capable of being adapted to be fully automatic). We oppose federal licensing or registration of law-abiding gun owners, registration of ammunition, and restoration of the ill-fated Clinton gun ban” (the ban on semi-automatics like the one in Australia that ended mass shootings).
Every citizen should read this entire platform to know there how bizarre, twisted, and deadly it is.