Now is never the time… @350 @BillMcKibben

Americans say they never want to “politicize” a tragedy - such as Hurricane Sandy or any of the mass shootings from this summer - by bringing up new laws and regulations that could have prevented it. Then everyone forgets about it, and no one is passionate enough to suggest new laws or regulations to prevent it from happening again. It’s a vicious cycle.

I don’t know how I’m going to explain to future generations that after the hottest summer on record, in 2012 we didn’t do anything about climate change because we were too busy politicizing what people can do with their uteri and our president’s racial identity, all during a period of economic decline that could have been partially alleviated by a national push towards environmental sustainability.

^ This. What’s more, I don’t understand how talking about facts and science (freaking science) and basically being concerned about human life and safety is “politicizing” something.

Reminds me also of how politicians here in the Philippines try to come up with weird reasons after their action or the lack of it during a disaster results to several casualties and massive destruction of property.

Politicizing disaster, particular those where the actions of the elected could have reduced damage and saved lives, cannot be helped. It is incumbent for the electorate to call the elected to account in situations where the capability of government agencies could be summoned to mitigate the effects. How those in power (and those aspiring for power) react to the situation could spell the rise or fall of their political opportunities.