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After President Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement on his first day in office, Congressional Republicans didn’t skip a beat in attacking the move with bad faith messaging and false science.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul released a press release calling the Paris Climate Agreement “irresponsible and controversial.”
Senator Ted Cruz (TX) has begun a branded campaign in which he makes the case that the President cares more about the citizens of Paris than those of Pittsburgh. (Atlantic writer Jemele Hill had a hot take on that.)
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also echoed false information about the jobs potential of the Paris Agreement which will likely serve as a roadmap for how other Republicans publically address the agreement.
Why This Matters: Some of America’s most prominent labor unions, biggest corporations, and even legacy conservative-leaning trade giants like the Chamber of Commerce have come out in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is nothing more than a thinly-veiled strategy on the part of some Republicans to brand anything with the word “green” or “climate” as part of an “overreaching socialist agenda.” It also ensures that voters in the Republican base won’t take the time to understand what the Paris Agreement entails, choosing instead to dismiss it on the basis of politically-charged buzzwords.
Comedian Seth Meyers took Senator Cruz’s feigned indignation to task in his monologue last night with some sharp Pittsburgh slang.
According to the New York Times, Senator Steve Daines, a Montana Republican, said he intended to introduce a resolution that would require consent from the Senate for the Paris Agreement
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.” […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Ahead of President Biden’s virtual Earth Day climate summit, more than 300 businesses and investors are urging the president to set ambitious 2030 emissions goals. Since rejoining the Paris agreement on his first day in office, Biden’s administration has yet to release an updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) but has promised to do so before […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Last Thursday, Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández (D-NM) introduced the Orphaned Wells Cleanup and Jobs Act of 2021 which would authorize nearly $8 billion in grant funding for abandoned oil and gas well cleanup projects across the nation. Methane emissions from abandoned wells threaten to derail President Biden’s climate goals, but dozens of […]
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