This is a tough loss, with real consequences for real people's lives. Appalachia has been sacrificed, again, for fossil fuel profits. Hungry Americans will have a harder time accessing food. And MAGA extremists will be emboldened to push for more pipelines, more fossil fuels, and more cruelty in US budget policy because now they know that taking the economy hostage works and that President Biden will not only negotiate, but give in to them on key demands.
But the resistance we mounted was also notable, and noted by a lot of press and politicians. More than 100 climate hawks in Congress backed us on amendments and procedural motions. But, if we're honest with each other, we were never going to end the era of fossil fuels because the US House or Senate voted on it.
This has been a bruising, exhausting week. Let your emotions radicalize you in this moment, and move you into action. Keep hope sharpened like an axe, and let it propel you out the door. Let it drive you to take risk, and recruit others to join you. Together, I still believe that we will win — and I will see you in the streets to make it happen.
See you there,
Drew and the 198 methods to end an era, but a vote of Congress isn't one, crew