As tough as it might be to stomach, it may be time to pivot completely to the private sector. Pivot the liberal and center back to where their roots lie, and perhaps find some common ground with the basic ideals of the Republican side, which used to be the Democratic side, which turned into one big ball of incestual vomit.
At this stage in our human and cultural development, perhaps it's worth taking a look at how more and more of the private sector is heeding what the consumers want and innovating to make that happen. They're more nimble, there's less bureaucracy, and in this new 21st century progressive climate, they actually listen. They want to know what we want instead of dictate what we want. Their business depends on it.
Case in point... Tesla. They came out of a shitty Bush presidency and the crappiest economy since the Great Depression. Elon Musk saw opportunity and went for it. Now he’s got the most innovative car company on the planet, the most influential solar company on earth with SolarCity, and, by golly, he’s got the most efficient space rockets ever invented with SpaceX.
Anyhow, last week, it was revealed that he's currently planning his second gigafactory, this one in Europe. It was also revealed that it would only take 100 gigafactories to provide enough sustainable energy to power the entire world.
That’s 2 down, 98 to go.
Now, our candidates and public sector have VERY MUCH failed us in this presidential election cycle. Neither Clinton or Trump addressed climate change to any degree of importance. The most existential and immediate threat to our planet and the human race was ignored in all 3 debates, and it didn't even come up in last night’s cowardly pointless 60 Minutesinterview with the President-elect.
So fuck 'em.
What we do know, is that Trump plans to bring back coal, open up federal lands (including National Parks) for drilling and resource extraction, and pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement that took 20 years to put together, and just went into effect last week.
So why not hit them right where it hurts. (As much as I'd like to smack that rotten pumpkin below the belt with a sledgehammer) I mean gut punch them in their wallets.
Let them know we don't want what they're offering.
Why don't we press for people like Elon Musk and the innovators from the tech and renewable energy sector to begin building infrastructure alongside areas where coal and oil are about to get a MAJOR boon. If he, and people like him, go out there and provide jobs, with better pay and benefits, than their traditional coal paying and fossil fuel jobs, he will be able to attract that disenfranchised crowd and bring them towards the renewable energy route.
All they want are jobs and a future. I don't think they care how or where they get it (as they've amply demonstrated by choosing to take a wrecking ball to the system and take the biggest gamble Vegas could ever put a line on in this election).
They just want a future.
And most importantly, and this is VERY important...they want to be part of it.
So what better way to kill two birds with one stone than to take those fossil fuel JOBS away, but give those fossil fuel WORKERS better jobs in a future industry.
It's time to listen to each other, and work with each other, to make happen what we all want to happen. It's become very obvious through the 3 painful decades of neoliberalism that our elected officials have no interest in that.
But now WE have the tools.
WE have the methods.
And after we’re done grieving, WE just have to have the drive.
We owe it to Mother Earth.