If you think the Republicans will put the environment above timber, mining, pulp and paper, dams and irrigation, not to mention power and any other extractive activity that will make a buck, then you can be apolitical. Not that the Democrats have shown themselves to be that much better stewards of the environment, but they are definitely the lesser of two evils.
The situation you describe just highlights the cynical and manipulative ways these amoral egomaniacs operate.
Choose your devil, may he or she be one you know.
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