It’s February 2021. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have just been inaugurated, a new cabinet has been sworn in, and the Democrats have regained their majority in the US Senate. There is a noticeable sense of relief in the air, but also a real sense of urgency as a legislative battle over a green stimulus plan is already underway. Leadership didn’t give activists everything they wanted, but the bill would create millions of jobs and prevent a recession while expanding renewable energy and building the clean energy industry of the future. That would be a huge step forward for climate justice, which is why Exxon Mobil and Chevron are running ads on the radio of newly elected newbies in swing districts. In Pennsylvania, the ads accuse Democrats of destroying fracking jobs. Elsewhere, it is said, the Democrats will increase the price of gas and the cost of household plastics. All of this will pile on the predictable onslaught of Fox News heralding the end of meat, internal combustion, air travel, and freedom.
How will we, as Democrats, react on Legislative Game Day, our best real shot to mitigate the climate catastrophe, when the right-wing scare tactics come? That is where my head went when I saw the section on climate change in last week’s vice presidential debate. The first mention of climate came when moderator asked Vice President Mike Pence if man-made climate change was real. This is like asking candidates whether there are millions of Americans in this country who don’t have health insurance– –It’s just a fact, no exchange of views required. But Pence saw the possibility of distracting himself from his government’s inaction on the climate and immediately accused Harris and Biden of trying to ban fracking. For the next few minutes, the real views of the democratic ticket to hydraulic breaking were debated.
At a time when parts of the country are still on fire and Americans suffer from increasingly severe storms, floods, and hurricanes year after year, this is an absurd dynamic – and it means trouble for the legislative battles to come. Democrats will lose if we hold press conferences in the first few months of 2021 to insist we don’t hike gasoline prices or promise that the electric vehicle provisions in our Climate Change Act won’t end gasoline-powered cars.
This is especially true because we have such a compelling case. The Trump-pence administration has distributed billions to the oil and gas industry and dismantled EPA regulations as more Americans die from hurricanes, forest fires and floods every year. Democrats, on the other hand, are beginning to agree on our vision: We need heavy investments in renewable energies that will create millions of well-paid union jobs – and bring fossil fuel workers into the transition. It’s day and night and loud study after this study after this studyThis loophole is a huge benefit for Democrats with enormous consequences on a planetary level. We cannot allow Republicans to hijack this conversation and force ourselves to spend rare, precious minutes devoted to climate change in a national debate about whether or not Biden is really a scam.
It’s not about a politician or a debate. The exchange is important because it indicates a defensive squat that the Democrats have been trapped in for years and that we are only just emerging from. Gone are the days of 2008 and 2012 when President Obama avoided I talked about climate change for as long as possible and was convinced that the problem was a loss. Politics has changed; It is now clear that the climate is one Top edition not only for the democratic base, but also for those with the ability to convince indecisive and independent voters. Biden’s campaign understands this, which is why they are the first presidential campaign in history to broadcast parliamentary elections Television advertising on climate change and why Biden is proactive a important political speech on the subject of forest fires on the west coast.
However, if Democrats are serious about winning not only this election but next year’s legislative struggle, we must shake off every part of this historic squat. We have to ask old political questions Truisms-is it really true that you can’t win Pennsylvania without being into fracking? Can’t voters really understand that the cost of inaction is higher than the price of a climate bill? We must be aware of the fact that this is rich, fertile ground for us – and we have the bad guys over a barrel. The overwhelming majority of Americans see creating millions of unionized jobs as a win-win situation that create prosperity for everyone while moving to the clean energy industry of the future. If we keep the focus of the climate debate there, we will prevent the collapse of civilization. And we will probably win some elections too.