At the first Democratic presidential debate, CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked the candidates to name the greatest national security threat to the United States. Bernie Sanders’ answer was climate change, and if you’re willing to investigate his website, you’ll find it addressed everywhere, including under “Racial Justice,” where he decries “environmental violence being inflicted on people of color.”

Sanders certainly isn’t the only progressive to argue that racism and climate change are intertwined. You might not have known that climate activists are currently observing Break Free, a “two-week global wave of escalated action to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground.”

On Saturday, protesters in Albany, N.Y., united to stop the bomb train, “the presence of which is an act of environmental racism, class prejudice, and an illegal breach of the public trust.” What’s a “bomb train”? It’s a train carrying explosive crude oil, often through residential areas.

It’s funny how there are so many photos of protesters blocking the train, yet no pictures of a train being blocked.

Something tells us none of these “Keep It in the Ground” protesters blocking the bomb train fought for the Keystone XL pipeline as a safer compromise, though.

He or she wasn’t in Albany, but we’d feel terrible if we didn’t give some exposure to the rarely sighted Fracked Gas Goblin, who popped up in the Pacific Northwest in white tube socks to steal Bigfoot’s thunder.

Protesters there actually erected tents (perhaps purchased secondhand on eBay from Occupy Wall Street alumni) on the train tracks.

 

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