Joe Biden rolls out climate change plan (Sarah Gamard)
News Journal: The presumptive Democratic nominee promised to restart the economy through clean energy jobs during a July 14 speech (Chase Center, Wilmington Riverfront). $2 trillion plan – millions of new jobs – direct challenge to President Trump, who has bragged about infrastructure and a booming economy. Trump’s reaction to climate change is supposedly “hoax,” whereas Biden thinks of “jobs.”
This is Biden's version of the Green New Deal. A year ago, he released a climate plan that called for $1.7T in federal funding over the next 10 years to move the US towards a 100% clean energy economy with a net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Now it’s a $2T plan aimed at achieving an emissions-free power sector by 2035. The revised climate plan is part of a broader economic agenda, “Build Back Better,” which also covers care-giving, racial equity, etc. Another part of the program is a $700B manufacturing plan. Specifics on how the program would be paid for will reportedly be presented in “coming weeks.”
Elements of the new program: better roads and bridges, aviation and waterways – fastest rail system in the world – pivot auto industry to electric vehicles – upgrade 4 million commercial buildings – allow all workers to join unions. Inputs reflected from scientists, climate activists, unions, environmental justice leaders. This was the latest in a series of recent Biden speeches. Two weeks ago he gave a speech at A.I. Du Pont High School in Greenville re the coronavirus pandemic. which advocated robust contract tracing and mandatory mask-wearing.
Yesterday’s speech was criticized by the Republican National Committee, but so what? Biden is surging in national polls (leading in six battleground states, and competitive in normally red states like Texas, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa and Missouri) as he returns to the trail after a stint of campaigning from his basement during the pandemic.
Given a coronavirus crisis right now, it's odd to see the Democrats so worried about global temperatures some 40 years in the future. What does the public really think about this, as opposed to the alarmist views that have been publicized by the mainstream media. Also, why is the alternative of nuclear energy apparently being ignored?