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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