I take no pleasure in saying congressional Republicans--for the most part—are guilty of utter-ing untruths. Moreover, I recognize that all Republicans are not climate deniers, just as all Democrats are not environmental defenders.
It may sound strange to suggest the fate of President Biden’s climate agenda will parallel that of Liz Cheney, Wyoming’s at-large Republican congressional representative, but hear me out.
Spring is a time of awakening. This Earth Day, it seems with the ascendance of Joe Biden to the presidency—or at least with the absence of Donald Trump—the nation’s corporate and labor leaders are now awakening to the need and possibilities of a low-carbon economy. The truth is other.
Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society. - US District Judge Ann Aiken
To win over the Senate's Blue Dog Democrats, the White House approved last-minute changes to the bill. The term Blue Dog describes more conservative—often southern—Democrats. The phrase isn’t used meanly. It is a tag worn with honor by Senators and the members of the House Blue Dog Coalition.
There are a lot of questions yet be answered. Will Democratic progressives and moderates in Congress strike a balance to enact climate legislation? Can Democrats and moderate Republicans work together? Game on!
Although the House remains in Democratic hands, fewer hands are doing the holding. Election losses have led to recriminations and heated discussions between moderate and progressive House Democrats which has even spilled out into activist communities.
To control the Senate Democrats will need to win both Georgia runoff elections. To fail is to preclude at least one legislative maneuver that could rescind all of the Trump administration's final environmental laws finalized over the past two months.
Nearly everything in today’s America has become partisan—science included. There’s hardly a question that America is a divided nation and almost evenly divided at that. But are differences of opinion the problem?
The transition from candidate to president provides critical clues as to how he is likely to rule. Above everything else, politics is a team sport. Therefore, the first tells of a President-Elect’s hand is who he reaches out to as personal staff and those being considered for cabinet positions.
Biden’s record will far exceed putting things back the way Trump found them. Populating executive agencies with accomplished leaders and managers will rebuild the needed bureaucracy to implement climate-related legislation and policies hopefully enacted beyond Biden’s presidency.
There will never be a better time in this election cycle to contact Republicans running for Congress and get them to commit to supporting aggressive climate defense policies. Come to think of it; the same may be said for contacting Democrats.