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Great Disappointment, Greater Opportunity

Tuesday was election day. And the dreaded conservative total take over of Congress did indeed happen.

I could go on an on about how horrible this is for America, and what a huge obstacle this could (assuredly) will be for the climate action movement... Yes, "I'm not a scientist" Mitch McConnell will be heading the Senate. Yes, adamant climate denier Ted Cruz will be chairing the Committee on Science and Technology. And yes, the GOP has been completely transparent in it's ambitions to remove the EPA's power from regulating greenhouse gas emissions via the Clean Carbon Plan and approve the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport dirty tar sands oil from Canada through the United States to as far as the Mississippi delta.

But instead I want to look forward with a bit of hope.

This country is made up of people. I truly believe that people do want to do what is right. I foresee this new Congress revealing a lot to the majority who believe that politicians still answer to us. This will reveal that our interests are now overruled by Big Oil and Wall Street. Once we realize this as a whole, we will demand reform. Court cases like Citizens United will be revisited and laws will be changed. Voters will become more engaged and ask the hard questions, creating a more participatory and equitable society. We will move out of this period of disparate partisanship, and that is when true and lasting progress for all will be made. 

I am hopeful; now is not the time to give up. Now is the time to accept the challenge and fortify our resolve.

And if you are still saddened by Tuesday's results, check out this old Daily Show Clip of Mitch McConnell filibustering his own bill, maybe this will be the new norm! At the least it is a good laugh.