A Tale of Two Editorials

On Monday, The New York Times (NYT) and The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published extensive editorials on the climate provisions of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan.  The two headlines say it all. The NYT’s read “Trump Abandoned the Climate. This Is Biden’s Moment,” while the WSJ’s called the plan “The Green New Deal, In Disguise.”  The Journal argues that the bill makes Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez elated (though she’s not) because “Her climate dreams are coming true, and all under the false front of ‘infrastructure.’”  The Times, on the other hand, endorses the plan, saying “The new president has promised to take the lead on climate. His plan does not disappoint.”

Why This Matters:  Both editorial boards make some interesting points — like the Journal’s argument that “green energy tax credits would enrich large corporations and billionaires. Hedge funds and tech companies are some of the biggest green energy investors.”  Or the Times’ observation that Biden’s approach relies heavily on “private and public investment, and little mention is made of regulation,” while complaining about the “slog through acres of verbiage” to “find the elements of a plausible strategy.”  Still, it is always good to know how the other side is seeing things, so read them both – it’s worth your time.

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