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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.” 


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

DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden’s current plan

by Rachel Frazin, The Hill


Highlights

  • The Democratic National Committee Climate Council released a set of policy recommendations for a greater investment than Joe Biden’s climate plan
  • Joe Biden’s climate plan would spend $1.7 trillion over the next decade to address climate change, whereas the Climate Council plan endorses spending $10-16 trillion over the same period
  • Michelle Deatrick, leader of the Climate Council, emphasizes that this plan would be the boldest policy the party has adopted:

“These policies center environmental justice for frontline and vulnerable communities, urgent climate action, and worker empowerment… If adopted, these platform recommendations would be the most ambitious policies addressing the climate crisis ever adopted by the Democratic Party.”

  • Biden’s plan calls for reaching a 100% clean energy economy and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050  and halving the carbon footprints of buildings by 2035
  • The Climate Council calls for almost-zero emissions by 2040, banning crude oil exports, denying permits for new fossil fuel infrastructure, a permanent ban on fracking, and 100% renewable energy in electricity generation, buildings, and transportation by 2030

The Climate Center works toward electrifying buildings and vehicles using 100% clean energy sources such as solar and wind to eliminate fossil fuel-based emissions. 


Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/501147-dnc-climate-group-calls-for-larger-federal-investment-on-climate

DNC reverses position – will take money from fossil fuel interests

by Jessica Corbett, Common Dream

Just two months after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was celebrated by environmentalists for banning donations from fossil fuel companies, it voted 30-2 on Friday to adopt a resolution from Chair Tom Perez that critics said effectively reverses the ban and represents “an absolute failure by the DNC.”

As climate reporter Kate Aronoff outlined in a series of tweets, Perez’s resolution (pdf) “is premised on the party’s support for unions,” but ultimately will enable fossil fuel executives to use their money to try to influence Democrats.

read more: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/10/absolute-failure-dnc-passes-perez-resolution-reversing-ban-donations-fossil-fuel