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The Democrats’ climate betrayal

by Emily Atkin, Heated


Highlights

  • The Democratic National Committee (DNC) removed language from their platform that called for the end of fossil fuel subsidies and tax breaks, citing its inclusion as an “error”
  • During an amendment process of the party platform, the DNC voted to add in the elimination of subsidies and tax breaks this past July 
  • Many environmentalists are upset with the DNC’s hypocrisy, as the party claims to be champions of the environment but is reverting on its stance within the party platform
  • Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden has been running his campaign with the promise of ending these subsidies, but at the time of this article, Biden has not released a statement on the issue
  • Taxpayers are contributing at least $20 billion per year to keep the failing fossil fuel industry alive
  • Geoffrey Supran at Harvard University notes that the fossil fuel industry is affecting climate action within the US:

“It sends a troubling, confusing signal to the public that even though the DNC talks big on climate, it is literally uncommitted to putting its money where its mouth is… It is also a reminder that despite the fossil fuel industry’s financial freefall, it continues to tip the balance of U.S. politics away from serious climate action.” 


Scientists are increasingly warning that to avoid catastrophic impacts from climate change, the world’s governments must implement massive reductions of warming emissions and begin a drawdown of greenhouse gases (GHG) from the atmosphere over the decade ahead.  For a safe and healthy future for all, endorse the Climate-Safe California Platform to implement scalable solutions that can reverse the climate crisis.


Read More: https://heated.world/p/the-democrats-climate-betrayal

Democrats united behind a climate policy plan, but the timeline is based on old science

by David Roberts, Vox


Highlights

  • Broad alignment amongst the Democratic party on climate policy may help the left unite and fight the climate crisis 
  • Working on policy platform with the input of people from different backgrounds, identities, and environmental experiences helped built trust
  • The long list of Democratic presidential hopefuls had a much more expanded vision on climate by the end of their campaigns than when they started
  • The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that called for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 has become the baseline for US climate policy
  • Republican leaders have been vocal on their aversion to climate policy and have refused to help establish nationwide climate goals and legislation
  • Since Democrats must work on their own for climate policy, it is imperative that the party is united on the climate crisis issue
  • Clean energy, a just transition of labor, environmental justice, and clean transportation are important goals for the Dems to reach within new policies
  • Additional goals that many on the left agree upon include: limiting new oil wells, holding fossil fuel companies accountable
    • However, carbon pricing, carbon capture and sequestration, and nuclear energy are still divisive 

Fossil fuel divestment and the transition to 100% clean electricity a major step towards achieving the Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California Platform.


Read More: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/21252892/climate-change-democrats-joe-biden-renewable-energy-unions-environmental-justice