Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Green for Green

I am not a fan of the role money plays in American politics, especially with the trends that have emerged since the infamous Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

A recent New York Times article, however, showed how this new arena of Super Pacs and unlimited outside funds can be put to good use. The article discussed how billionaire Tom Steyer and others are planning a nationwide effort to campaign to call for a serious response to climate change and pressure politicians to come up with real solutions.

It is very refreshing to see that it's not just Sheldon Adelson or the Koch brothers who have a voice in our politics, even if the voices of regular Americans have been almost drowned out. Accordingly, I am cautiously optimistic that the efforts of Steyer and his compatriots will be enough to push our government in the right direction on the issue of climate change and bring about much-needed policy measures.

In the end though, I can't say that I am happy about this news. I would say I am content for now that the right side of an important issue is being represented through our broken system, but ultimately we ought to have a system that isn't broken. A system where protecting free speech doesn't mean a select few get to use a golden megaphone.

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