The New York Times’ Editorial Board published an opinion piece this weekend entitled, “Climate Change is Not Negotiable,” where they argued for heavier government action and involvement to quell a potential environmental crisis.
“The threat posed by climate change to Americans’ lives and livelihoods is urgent and severe, and it requires significantly more commitment from those who are elected to protect them,” the Saturday story read.
Throughout the op-ed, the newspaper staff laid out President Biden’s policy priorities, arguing that the U.S. needed to do more to combat climate change. The piece specifically maligned moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for not voting to greenlight a $300 billion subsidy and tax credit package, which would have gone to clean energy technology initiatives.
Manchin’s refusal to vote for increased funding to clean energy companies comes as H.R. 5376, commonly known as the Build Back Better Act, has been undergoing significant negotiation for the last year.
Biden has committed to cutting carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, and wants to reach net zero emissions by 2050, according to the New York Times — as he attempts to reach the goal of keeping global temperatures under 1.5 degrees Celsius, as agreed upon in the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.
An agreement former President Donald Trump walked away from early in his first term back in 2017. Biden, however, reentered the 192-nation pact after taking office in January 2021.
In response to Congress’ lack of support for Biden’s green agenda, the NYT editorial board argues the president “can and must push forward with new rules he has already ordered up to control emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, as well as a suite of new mileage standards for cars and light trucks that would compel automakers to double down on their efforts to sell all-electric vehicles.”
The board goes on to write that, in order for the United States to reach its lofty emission goals by 2030 it “will need a huge infusion of federal money.”
As Americans struggle to pay for rising gas prices, increasing inflation, and an economy that’s one economic quarter away from a recession, the coastal elites at The Times want Biden to bypass Congress, by putting more federal dollars into the economy. Thus further increasing inflation, all to tackle a partisan political climate change agenda.
The Democrats’ inability to realize the harm these policies can have on Americans, particularly at the unrealistic speed at which they seek to enact them, showcases how out of touch they are with real people.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday told Americans currently hurting at the gas pump to buy electric vehicles, in an effort to curb their financial pain.
“The more pain we are all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles,” the former small-town mayor said.
The average American struggles to afford gas for their cars, and oil to heat their homes as it is — let alone an electric car, which on average costs $60,054, according to NBC News.
Additionally, the former Democratic presidential candidate posited in an interview with CNBC earlier this week, that the current energy crisis in Europe — which was partly caused by their transition to green energy — is just “what a transition looks like.”
“It’s a question of how many lives and how many livelihoods are going to be destroyed by allowing the worst effects of climate change to happen” Buttigieg proclaimed.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration’s crusade to cut emissions is currently destroying the livelihoods of hard-working Americans all across the United States.
This past week, the Ford Motor Company announced it will be laying off 8,000 employees to fund investment in the electric vehicle industry.
If Biden declares a climate emergency and uses his executive power to force new regulations on companies — as he has said he hopes to do — the likelihood of increased job losses and a more expensive standard of living is just around the corner.
As Democrats continue to burden companies and citizens with extensive regulation and expectations that Americans should transition to more expensive alternatives, elitist politicians in Washington continue to push these policies further showcasing their ignorance — and outward contempt — of the plight currently being felt by the average American family.
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