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9:11 am, May 11th, 2019 - 271 comments
Categories: climate change, Conservation, disaster, Environment, food, global warming, science, sustainability, us politics - Tags: Joe Biden, naomi klein
This is the question posed by US Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
From the Hill:
Former Vice President Joe Biden is looking to pitch a middle-ground approach to climate change as he faces a field of Democratic presidential primary challengers that has increasingly embraced more sweeping solutions on the issue, Reuters reported Friday.
Heather Zichal, a former Obama administration official who is informally advising Biden’s campaign, told Reuters that part of that plan, which is still being crafted, will likely include recommitting to the Paris climate agreement, the global greenhouse gas emissions pact that President Trump withdrew from in 2017.
It could also mean preserving existing emission standards and fuel efficiency requirements, Zichal said.
A second unidentified source told the news agency that Biden’s climate change plan could also seek to embrace energy sources like nuclear and fossil fuel options.
Zichal quickly pushed back on the Reuters report, saying the news outlet “got it wrong” and asserting that Biden “would enact a bold policy to tackle climate change in a meaningful and lasting way.”
But I am with Naomi Klein on this.
The threat posed by climate change is so huge why would we be only half hearted about it?
Would we tolerate 500,000 species extinctions instead of the million that is projected?
Would we prefer that fish stocks are depleted in 60 years rather than 30?
Could we live with 120 more harvests from our fragile soil base rather than the projected 60?
This talk of middle ground is nothing more than a rhetorical flourish seeking balance between an extraordinarily strong scientific consensus and a anti scientific crusade fed by conspiracy theories resourced by those that do not want their power threatened.
I hope that Biden’s timidity means that his chances of being the next nominee crash. We really need strong determined leadership at this time.