Trump wants us to forget, to be subsumed by his all-powerful ego. He wants to accept the deportations, accept the hateful language, accept the latest scandal as only just a little bit worse than the last one.
Let's face it: the door to national climate action as we know it has been slammed shut.
Like the grains of sand in an hour glass, 400 grains now sit at the bottom of the glass while just five grains remain at the top. The Earth's 400 ppm of atmospheric CO2 is a stark reminder of how little time we have left to act on climate and end our dependency on fossil fuels.
Something extraordinary and unprecedented is happening within the environmental movement. The epicenter of this "Earth"-quake is Sacred Stone Camp on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
There's no doubt what's causing this: crazy rainfall like this comes when you've heated the atmosphere, allowing it to hold more water vapor. And there's no doubt what's heating the atmosphere: it's the carbon and methane we're pouring into the atmosphere at such a breakneck pace.
Taking on the fossil fuel industry isn't just the right thing to do for the climate, it's the right thing to do for the election. Big Oil wasn't the most popular going into this contest and the ongoing investigations into Exxon will only strengthen the case.
When a handful of attorneys general launched investigations of ExxonMobil for climate fraud, I wonder if they had any idea that they would be attacked for attempting to stifle the company's right of free speech.