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Jonathan Chait at New York magazine writes—“Republicans Remain Opposed to Any Policies That Would Reduce Fossil-Fuel Use”:
For more than a decade, the GOP has stood alone among major right-of-center parties in industrialized democracies worldwide in its refusal to endorse climate science. But during the Trump era, the party’s rhetorical emphasis shifted. The major Republican point of agreement is now to insist on fossil-fuel use as an inherent good.
The conservative Washington Examiner reported not long ago on what kinds of climate policies, if any, Republicans may support under a Biden administration. Most of the Republicans queried for the story implicitly agree that climate change is a problem but insist that big government is not the solution. Their buzzword is innovation. A spokesperson for Senator John Barrasso, chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, explains, “He believes free-market innovation, not government taxation or regulation, is the best way to address climate change.” Representative Tom Reed says, “You lead with innovation.” And the Chamber of Commerce likewise asserts, “It’s OK to have ambitions, goals, and targets, but our focus is on innovation and technology.”
“Innovation” sounds like promising grounds for cooperation. The green-energy sector has seen an explosion of innovation over the past decade, with the price of solar energy, batteries, and other green technology plummeting rapidly.
But what kind of innovation do Republicans want? Halfway through the Examiner story, we arrive at the bottom line: “Republicans remain opposed to any policies that would reduce fossil-fuel use.” […]
THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READING
Millions of workers poised to lose access to paid leave as virus spikes, by Eleanor Mueller. As many as 87 million public and private sector workers could lose access to the federally mandated benefit at the end of the year.
Janet Yellen at Treasury Is One of Biden’s Best Appointments, by Marshall Auerback. As a former head of the Federal Reserve and economic adviser to the White House, she is uniquely qualified to take on the current challenges, but she must ensure that the new normal does not represent a return to the old status quo.
- Corporations Aren’t Sharing the Sacrifices With Workers During the Pandemic, by Luke Savage. America’s biggest corporations have made record profits during the COVID-19 pandemic — while denying or clawing back their workers’ hazard pay.
“We’ve all been through a lot we don’t understand in a world made to either break us or make us so hard we can’t break even when it’s what we need most to do.”
~~Tommy Orange, There, There (2014)
At Daily Kos on this date in 2010—Cancun: Modest Expectations:
A 12-day conference on climate change begins today in Cancun, Mexico. It’s the 16th such conference since 1995. The consensus view? Don’t expect any big breakthroughs in curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Perhaps this is some kind of magical thinking. You know, if we don’t raise our public expectations too high, maybe something remarkable will emerge by the time the delegates head for home.
After the rotten outcome at the Copenhagen conference a year ago in which an anticipated comprehensive agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions was not reached, caution is certainly called for. Even if something major were to be achieved, whatever the Obama administration signs off on in Cancun is almost certain to be shot down in Washington given that Republican ranks in Congress are now overflowing with climate-change deniers. Sen. Jim Inhofe, who has called climate change a hoax, was once viewed even by most of his own party as pretty much of a kook in this matter. A fair chunk of the elected GOP now apparently see him as a prophet.
So, 15 years after the process began, with predictions of dire consequences from climate change more dire than ever, small steps—so-called “building blocks”—are the best that can be hoped for. This myopia is so despite the prediction of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research that there will be a billion people who lose their homes because of climate change and 3 billion who lose access to clean drinking water supplies. […]
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