I think it’s pretty safe to say that, most generally, when people are electing a public official, whether it’s for the job of mayor or president, they choose a candidate who they believe will do things to make their communities better. Someone who will support ideas and policies that the citizens agree with.
I think it’s also fairly certain that most people want someone who not only says they will do those things but actually works to get them done. And in many cases, that means choosing someone who has a good track record of sticking with issues they say are important and continuously working on getting those put in place. It’s even better if the candidate has experience working with that same issue.
Take climate change, for instance.
The left has been touting ideas for the last few decades about the world ending in the near future if we don’t change the way we do things now. Environmentalist groups have sprouted up all over declaring that fossil fuels be pretty much eradicated, with more renewable and “green” energy sources like wind and solar power, taking its place.
But to accomplish those dreams, national policies need to change. Therefore, those for climate change ideas, such as New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, need politicians that are advocates for their plight. They need someone to stand up and say ‘no’ to fossil fuels and ‘yes, please’ to earthworm farts or whatever else they can dream up.
In the 2020 presidential election, these progressive thinkers thought they had found such a person in Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders or Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. But both the self-proclaimed socialist and the wanna-be Native American failed at winning the nomination.
Now, only a very moderate Joe Biden stands on the Democratic side, assuming the title of the nominee. But as it turns out, he isn’t quite as moderate as he once was, and as the time between now and November dwindles, Biden knows he is going to have to change a few things.
Luckily, for these radical climate change groups, they have just the thing.
And so a deal was struck.
They will endorse Sleepy Joe and encourage others to do the same. And Joe will “meaningfully engage” with the “climate movement.”
Joe, who came out against the Green New Deal early in the primaries, announced his change of heart on Monday after the big-spending and high-profile environmentalist group The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund decided to back Biden for president.
The group announced their endorsement of Biden on Earth Day, saying that “Our planet cannot survive another 4 years of Trump and we know that Biden will bring real climate leadership to the White House.”
Biden, of course, thanked them and stated that his campaign is working on a process to expand his environmental policies to include more immediate and radical changes than he was previously for.
But the whole deal seems a little problematic.
Firstly, LCV has begun preparations for a $14 million pro-environmental, anti-Trump ad campaign, hoping to target a group of swing voters in battleground states such as Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. However, according to recent polling information in those states, environmental issues don’t even rank in the top ten among most Democratic voters.
Plus, all six states the ad will be featured in are places where the fossil fuel energy industry has a large footprint. We’re talking about the coal mines of North Carolina and Pennsylvania, the automotive shops of Michigan, the oil rigs in Ohio. Can you imagine pro-environmental ads about shutting down their factories and leaving thousands without jobs going over well?
Then there is the fact that all of this new climate talk from Biden is just that, talk. There are no guarantees that he will actually work to do anything about the current state of our environment or on the issues that LCV wants him to.
In all of his statements on his new shift leftwards, he said he was working on “expanding” his plans to “commence” a process to “engage with more voices. Basically, he says he is going to be talking about it more. But it doesn’t mean anything will be done. Much like when he supported the Paris Climate Agreement, that, while Obama agreed with it, couldn’t pass Congress.
Not that Biden believes in climate change anyway. This is just another example of how unprincipled he is in his effort to get votes.