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Climate Protestors Marching Against U.S. Aid for Ukraine. Wait, What??!

It’s almost as if Jim Driscoll sits around all day thinking about how to make fighting climate change unpopular in enviro-friendly Montgomery County. By gum, I think he’s hit on a winner this time.

Driscoll’s band of climate activists is demanding that the U.S. end military aid to Ukraine to save the planet. Towards that end they plan to block the road to Sen. Chris Van Hollen’s district office:

Van Hollen just voted for $40 billion in weapons for Ukraine. The veterans and youth are asking Sen. Van Hollen to demand that President Biden immediately negotiate an end to the U.S. proxy war on Russia. This is the only way to save thousands of Ukrainian lives; reduce hunger, inflation and recession and give appropriate budget priority to the rapidly-worsening, climate catastrophe. We want him to join Rep. Jaimie [sic] Raskin in voting against the bloated military budget and spend the money saved on a Green New Deal.

My guess is that Sen. Van Hollen would like to save Ukraine AND stop climate change. The citation of Rep. Jamie Raskin is also bizarre because he has been a firm supporter of military aid for Ukraine. As he said on the House floor:

Generations to come will look back at this moment to ask what did our generation do when Vladimir Putin and his army invaded Ukraine and tried not only to crush its democracy and violate the spirit of its people but vaporize and annex the entire nation.

Driscoll’s decision to marry action on climate to Putin’s colonial war in Ukraine is the sort of unintentional leftist self-parody that makes the real work of promoting meaningful policy action harder.

As Daily Kos Founder Markos Moulitsas said about Code Pink:

“Code Pink has never been more than a nuisance — an ineffective, self-indulgent, obnoxious and tone-deaf organization,” said Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas.

“It was never relevant before, and it certainly isn’t relevant today,” Moulitsas said. “I’m sure their antics make them feel good about themselves, make them feel as if they’re accomplishing something, but in reality they’ve done nothing but piss off everyone around them, including potential allies.”