Saturday, January 19, 2019

Why People Don't Take The Left Seriously On Climate Change: The Green New Deal And The Progressive Wish List

Same point I've made before:
If the left really thought we were facing an extinction-level event, then they'd focus exclusively on climate change mitigation instead of also throwing in nonsense like universal health care, "free" college, and:
  • provide all members of our society, across all regions and all communities, the opportunity, training and education to be a full and equal participant in the transition, including through a job guarantee program to assure a living wage job to every person who wants one; 
  • diversify local and regional economies, with a particular focus on communities where the fossil fuel industry holds significant control over the labor market, to ensure workers have the necessary tools, opportunities, and economic assistance to succeed during the energy transition; 
  • require strong enforcement of labor, workplace safety, and wage standards that recognize the rights of workers to organize and unionize free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment, and creation of meaningful, quality, career employment;
  • ensure a ‘just transition’ for all workers, low-income communities, communities of color, indigenous communities, rural and urban communities and the front-line communities most affected by climate change, pollution and other environmental harm including by ensuring that local implementation of the transition is led from the community level and by prioritizing solutions that end the harms faced by front-line communities from climate change and environmental pollution; 
  • protect and enforce sovereign rights and land rights of tribal nations;
  • mitigate deeply entrenched racial, regional and gender-based inequalities in income and wealth (including, without limitation, ensuring that federal and other investment will be equitably distributed to historically impoverished, low income, deindustrialized or other marginalized communities in such a way that builds wealth and ownership at the community level); 
  • include additional measures such as basic income programs, universal health care programs and any others as the select committee may deem appropriate to promote economic security, labor market flexibility and entrepreneurism; and
  • deeply involve national and local labor unions to take a leadership role in the process of job training and worker deployment. 
  You see, climate change is such an emergency that any insufficiently progressive concerns about it must be ignored...but...every progressive cause under the sun can be pursued under cover of it.
   I'm not saying that AGW isn't real...though I'd bet money that it's overblown. I'm saying that progressives don't act as if they believe their own rhetoric.


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