Right-wing climate denialists are fostering separatism from America’s more progressive coastal states. This could cause the United States to split apart.
Following the shock election of unqualified, divisive, conflict-of-interest riddled populist Donald Trump as president, America’s internationalist coastal states are now examining their options.
California, Oregon, Washington, the Northeastern states, Hawaii, New Mexico and Illinois together account for just under half (48%) America’s population and 49% of America’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
These “NE-COW-IN” (Northeast-California-Oregon-Washington, Illinois, New Mexico) states voted for economic centrist Hillary Clinton in the Nov 8 presidential election.
Given Donald Trump’s election, these states now have more in common with Canada than they do with America’s interior and southern states. This is the second time the overall preference of the nations voters for president was disregarded (the first was 2000).
The current system uses questionable means (aggressively partisan gerrymandering) to throw national elections to unqualified candidates on the extreme right (George W. Bush and Donald Trump) that don’t reflect the national will of voters.
In response, California’s national opinion-shaping Democrats have declared war. California will likely hold a Cal-exit referendum in 2018 in which voters will weigh in on renouncing US statehood in favor of independence.
The key issue here isn’t god, guns or saving manufacturing jobs. These were subterfuge side issues used to wind up the ill-informed. The real issue is climate change. This is an issue the populist right rejects as an litmus test of faith over reason.
America’s heartland states, largely dependent on coal and depressingly gullible to lies, claims climate change is a hoax aimed at dismantling valuable local legacy coal, oil gas and other fossil fuel industries.
The truth, of course, is that these industries aren’t competitive without massive subsidies and require ignoring the environmental damage they do.
Huge money flows into politics are now spent by fossil fuel magnates to keep profits high through subsidy flows and unpriced carbon. That’s’ good for crony insiders. It’s bad for everyone else.
The 2016 US presidential election represented a referendum on climate change that will shift relations between states. It will cause nations to split apart into forward looking and backward looking clusters.
The NE-COW-IN states’ have increasing political and economic support for creating new economic value in their state economies through solar, wind, biomass, energy storage and a host of other new technologies. They now need to break away their ignorant, poor, inbred relations and rid themselves of these heavy baggage free riders.
Intriguingly, America’s two-century old Declaration of Independence sums up the current situation nicely. It needs no elaboration:
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Declaration of Independence
Given the above Calexit, the creation of the NECOWIN states their integration into Canada would be looked on fondly by America’s Founding Fathers.