Joe Biden intends to spend more than $2 trillion to transform America’s energy infrastructure in order to address “environmental and climate justice,” according to a new plan rolled out by his campaign this week.
Influenced by the recommendations penned by a unity task force between his campaign and that of former primary rival Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Biden’s climate-change plan would impose sweeping (and expensive) regulations, such as seeking to make America “carbon-free” by 2035, instituting a federal green-energy jobs program, and establishing an Environmental and Climate Justice Division to crack down on polluters.
The Biden proposal would “make a federal investment of $1.7 trillion over the next ten years, leveraging additional private sector and state and local investments to total to more than $5 trillion.”
The former vice president claims he would pay for his program by “reversing the excesses of the Trump tax cuts for corporations, reducing incentives for tax havens, evasion, and outsourcing, ensuring corporations pay their fair share, closing other loopholes in our tax code that reward wealth not work, and ending subsidies for fossil fuels.”
Biden’s plan to meet a 100-percent clean-energy standard by 2035 would have an undoubted effect on the coal and natural gas industries, which currently produce 63 percent of all electricity in the country.
The presumptive Democrat nominee also wants all Americans driving “energy-efficient vehicles,” which he hopes to achieve by backing legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to incentivize car owners to trade in their gas-powered vehicle for electric ones.
The Biden plan would set aside funding to upgrade millions of homes so that they meet energy efficiency standards.
Additionally, Biden wants to create an Environmental and Climate Justice Division within the Department of Justice for cracking down on those who pollute the environment. The plan reads: “Biden will direct his EPA and DOJ to pursue these cases to the fullest extent permitted by law and, when needed, seek additional legislation to hold corporate executives personally accountable — including jail time where merited.”
According to Biden’s proposal, “rooting out systemic racism” is an important part of climate change policy, as “environmental policy decisions of the past have failed communities of color — allowing systemic shocks, persistent stressors, and pandemics to disproportionately impact communities of color and low-income communities.”
Biden also pledges to create a New Deal-style “Civilian Climate Corps,” which will perform various anti-climate change initiatives such as restoring wetlands, protecting water supplies, and planting trees. The vice president touts it as a way of “creating more than a quarter million jobs immediately to clean up local economies.”
Healthcare is also part of Biden’s climate program. His plan says he wants to build on guidelines established in the “Obama-Biden Administration” to create a task force to recommend health system policies:
“The evaluation will include an assessment of both physical health care infrastructure and the frontline health care workforce, including opportunities to provide workforce development opportunities in disadvantaged communities.”
The plan even includes talk of diseases, likely a way of tapping into the COVID-19 outbreak. Together the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity at HHS and the Infectious Disease Defense Initiative would, among other things, “accelerate the development of vaccines.”
The program reads:
In order to fully prepare for and minimize the impacts of climate change that cannot be avoided, Biden will establish an Office of Climate Change and Health Equity in the Office of the Secretary of HHS, modeled after the Office of AIDS Research that was created in 1983, and invest in surveillance, early-warning systems, and research to decrease climate change and health equity risks. This new HHS Office, in collaboration with the CDC, will partner with the Department of Defense to predict the infectious diseases with the highest probability of being exacerbated by climate change, evaluate their population risk, and work with additional federal agencies to accelerate the development of vaccines or other mitigation measures that reduce the risk to Americans.
Biden’s proposals are similar to an “environmental justice” plan released by House Democrats last month.
The document seeks to present a blueprint for the Democrat Party’s official climate-change policy, distinguishing it somewhat from the Green New Deal (GND) championed by professed socialists like Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). The new plan is very similar to the Green New Deal, although it often takes a slower approach to the same goals.
Biden’s adoption of that language shows that Democrats believe they have found a winning combination to enacting their desired totalitarianism: Just mix climate change alarmism and racial tensions — with a good measure of pandemic hysteria thrown in.
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