Background: The US basically has a two party system. 20 years ago, both parties were respectful and believed that the democratic system was a wonderful thing handed down to us by the founding fathers and those who have ruled since. Both sides also believed in environmentalism and that anthropogenic global warming was most likely occurring and that we should try to do something about it.
However, if you look at the recent history of political contributions, you will see that the Republican Party is bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry! You can hardly find a single A Republican politician who will be caught even admitting the possibility of global warming. The fossil fuel industry has spent billions lobbying governments around the world to do nothing to stop global warming. And why not? A true transition to green energy will mean trillions of dollars in stranded assets for oil, gas and coal companies.
Even more important issince Trump’s loss in the 2020 election, which led to an uprising in the capital in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, it is clear that most Republicans are willing to give up our democratic system if that’s what it takes to gain and keep power.
Off-year elections in the US almost always result in the president’s party (in this case, the Democrats) losing seats in both the House and Senate. With the Senate split 50 seats for Democrats and 50 seats for Republicans, Democrats cannot afford to lose a single seat. However, former President Trump endorsed some really bad candidates who have now passed the primaries, the Supreme Court has ruled to take away women’s rights to decide how to treat their bodies during pregnancy, and much has been revealed through the dramatic Congressional Hearing on the Rebellion on January 6, 2022. With these facts political polls predict another 50:50 Senate split. In my first article on this topic, I listed the names and photos of 5 US Senate candidates where your support could make a difference. I added two more names just to be sure. They are listed again at the end of this article. Trump, abortion and insurgency give Democrats hope they can win an uphill battle to retain the House.
Help maintain Democratic control in the House
Keeping control of the US House of Representatives in Democratic hands this year will be a tough task. Recent political polls predict that the new House will most likely have 248 Republicans to 225 Democrats, meaning the Democrats will likely lose control of the House for the first time in 4 years. It’s going to take some heavy lifting to keep it from happening. That means the Democrats will have to flip the grid by 12 seats compared to current projections.
Most of you are unlikely to contribute to the 12 or more Democratic candidates needed to keep Democrats in control of the House.
However, I will suggest 12 home races that are now ranked as throws where your input could make a difference. A link is provided for each candidate. You can give each candidate $5 or $10, or keep it simple and give $120 to one of them. Some use Act Blue, which makes it easier to donate multiple times to multiple Democratic candidates.
Democrats vs. Republicans
Christy Smith vs. Garcia: California 27th congressional district
Donate to Christy Smith — ActBlue
Sharice Davids vs. Atkins Kansas 3rd Congressional district
Let’s help Sharice Davids win (again!) — ActBlue
Ruday Salas vs. Valadao California 22 Congressional District
Donate to Rudy Salas, Candidate [D, CA-22] — Votesane
Eric Sorensen vs. King Illinois 17Thursday Congressional district
Donate to someone Eric Sorensen — 3.14 Action
Pat Ryan vs. Schmitt New York 18Thursday Congressional district
Donate to Pat Ryan for Congress
Elaine Luria vs. Kiggans Virginia 2n.d Congressional district
Donate to Elaine’s Democratic Campaign — ActBlue
Susan Wild vs. Scheller Pennsylvania 7Thursday Congressional district
Donate to Susan Wild — ActBlue
Wiley Nickel vs. Hines North Carolina 13Thursday Congressional district
Donate to someone Wiley Nickel for Congress | NC-13
Gabe Vasquez vs. Herrell New Mexico 2n.d Congressional district
Contribute to Gabe Vasques at BLUE CD2 NEW MEXICO — Blue CD2 New Mexico
Susie Lee vs. Becker Nevada 3rd Congressional district
Donate to someone Susie Lee for Congress
Yadira Carveo vs. Kirkmeyer Colorado 8Thursday Congressional district
Donate to someone Yadira Caraveo for Congress | Colorado | District 8
David Trone vs. Parrott Maryland 6Thursday Congressional district
Donate to someone David Trone — Democrat for Congresswith
Help maintain Democratic control of the Senate
So you don’t have to open and research my earlier article: If the Democrats win these 7 key winnable races, the Democrats will most likely retain control of the Senate and may even be able to override Joe Manchin’s pen veto.
(Note: If you donate using ActBlue, your credit card information will be saved, making it easier for you to donate to other Democratic candidates and to donate later if you wish.)
The key battleground races for the US Senate that Democrats won the most in 2020 are:
1) In my home state: Democrat Mandela Barnes versus incumbent Republican US Senator Ron Johnson Wisconsin. From RealClear Politics as of August 17: Mandell Barnes is currently 7 points ahead of Johnson. You can donate using this link: Mandela Barnes for Senate — ActBlue.
2) a democrat Raphael Warnock against Herschel Walker Georgia. From RealClear Politics, the last 4 polls show Warnock leading by 4 to 9 points. You can donate to Warnock’s campaign at: Donate to Raphael Warnock — ActBlue.
3) a democrat John Fetterman vs. Carpet Bagger Dr. Mehmet Oz v Pennsylvania. A Fetterman victory will flip this seat from Republican to Democrat. You can donate using this link: John Fetterman for the Senate — ActBlue.
4) Former astronaut and current US senator Mark Kelly vs. Blake Masters v Arizona. An August 18 poll shows Kelly 8 points ahead of Masters. You can donate to Mark Kelly at: Donate to Mark Kelly — ActBlue.
5) Democrat Kateřina Cortez Masto vs. Joe Heck v Nevada. By RealClear Politics and Reno Gazette-Journal/Suffolk*, according to the August 21 poll, Masto is 7 points ahead of Heck. The Masto donation link is: Catherine Cortez Masto for Nevada Senate — ActBlue.
6) Democratic candidate for the Senate Cheri Beasley seems well placed to flip North CarolinaBlue Senate seat held by Republicans. However, this would be a more difficult democratic pickup. You can donate to Cheri Beasley using the link: Cheri Beasley! — ActBlue
7) Democratic candidate for the Senate Val Demings vs. Marco Rubio v Florida. The Survey August 8-12 University of North Florida found Demings holding a 4-point lead over Rubio. However, that would be a long shot. You can donate to Val Demings using the link: Donate to Val Demings — ActBlue.
If enough CleanTechnica readers and others (share the link to this article with your family and friends) join the wave with a donation of $5, $10, $15, $25 or more (whatever your budget allows) it could make a difference in maintaining democratic control of the Senate.
I repeat: What evidence do we have that we are already cooking our only home, planet Earth?
A number of recent events have made it impossible to continue to ignore the warming of our planet. We call it global warming because it’s climate (not weather) and it’s been happening slowly over decades or more, but given recent events we should probably call it global cooking.
- Unprecedented heat waves in Europe. Temperatures in England exceeded 40 degrees C/104 degrees F for the first time ever.
- Unprecedented 70 continuous days heat waves in China: The heat wave recently officially crossed the 70-day mark, the longest continuous stretch of high temperatures since the country began recording such data in 1961. State officials said more than 240 cities recorded temperatures over 104 degrees F. last week.
- Fires of unprecedented size and intensity in the western US.
- Numerous hurricanes and typhoons of record intensity (warmer sea temperatures provide fuel that increases the likelihood of category 5 hurricanes and super typhoons).
- Unprecedented flooding in the US and Europe (warmer air is able to hold more water).
- Damage to coral reefs around the world due to rising water temperatures.
- Continued melting of mountain glaciers around the world.
- Continued melting of the Greenland ice sheet and Antarctic ice sheets.
- Continued ice reduction in the Arctic Ocean.
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