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Fascists' Terrifying Solution to the Climate Crisis

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“Our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The decimation of the environment is creating a massive burden for future generations… Consumer culture is creating thousands of tons of unnecessary plastic waste and electronic waste, and recycling to help slow this down is almost non-existent. Urban sprawl creates inefficient cities which unnecessarily destroys millions of acres of land. We even use god knows how many trees worth of paper towels just to wipe water off our hands. Everything I have seen and heard in my short life has led me to believe that the average American isn’t willing to change their lifestyle, even if the changes only cause a slight inconvenience. The government is unwilling to tackle these issues beyond empty promises since they are owned by corporations.”

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That text is part of a manifesto that was uploaded to the web about two weeks ago. Most of the claims are familiar and appear in innumerable ecological screeds penned over the past few decades. Even the title, “The Inconvenient Truth,” refers to a well-known film, starring former U.S. vice president and environmentalist Al Gore, which deals with the dangers posed by climate change. But the author of the above words is not a Greenpeace or Extinction Rebellion activist, or an admirer of the Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg. The manifesto was written by Patrick Crusius, the white college student who went on a shooting spree on August 3 at an El Paso Walmart, targeting Latinos and murdering 22 people.

Even if the description offered by the killer resembles that of well-known environmentalists, the author’s conclusion is radically different. The environmental crisis is getting worse by the year, Crusius adds, but “most of y’all are just too stubborn to change your........

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