As I write this we are 5 weeks away from what many are calling a "make or break" election. From the
environmental/progressive point of view it is absolutely imperative that we prevent the radical right
tea party from taking over the US Senate and House of Representatives. They now control the House and
thus have a stranglehold on the legislative branch of the government. Under that control Congress
has become a dysfunctional institution. As a matter of fact, it's now official - this has been the
least productive Congress in the history of the US. They have elevated what used to be "housekeeping" items- reauthorizing
the debt ceiling, extending jobless benefits, even nominating ambassadors and judges - into
scandals. They have not been for anything, but are united in their opposition to nearly
everything President Obama puts forward. They have demonstrated that they have no real interest in
governance and that they are ready to shut government when they don't get their way.
For the international environmental community the result has been
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