There’s something that Democrats do better than anyone else – spend money that they don’t have. There are now at least five presidential candidates who have elaborate climate control plans as part of their election platform that will cost trillions of dollars.
What a great job it must be to sit around and play with trillions of dollars as though they don’t have a care in the world.
Gillibrand was one of the first to come out with a climate control plan, with an estimated cost of about $10 trillion over the span of a decade. On Wednesday, Harris, and Buttigieg unveiled climate plans. This is in addition to plans that Warren and Castro laid out on Tuesday.
All of the Democrats seem to forget that the country is in debt. There is a considerable debt that needs to be reversed before anything can be spent on such things as climate control. However, the Dems don’t look at numbers. They’re not very good at budgets because they think that it’s okay to spend money without knowing where the funds are going to come from. Hopefully, they’re better at managing their personal finances or they’re in a severe deficit, too.
The Urgency of Climate Change
Many of the Democrats running for president see climate change as an urgency. However, when polled, most Democratic voters identify immigration, the economy, and healthcare as an urgency. Climate change isn’t a major concern for most, which begs the question as to why the Democratic candidates want to focus on it so heavily.
The problem with climate change is that it needs to be a global initiative. Those in China, Russia, India, and elsewhere in the world need to be on board for climate change as well. Otherwise, only a portion of what the United States does will have an impact – and it may not be worth trillions of dollars.
Harris is focusing on a “climate pollution fee” that will reduce pollution while providing revenue to the government. She is one of the few candidates who actually have a plan that would help to offset some of the costs. However, there are many candidates who want to spend trillions of dollars on research and investments, such as Warren, without a clear plan as to how income will be generated since the government cannot simply take an extra hit of $10 trillion on top of its current spending.
Buttigieg’s plan doesn’t have a real plan on where his $1.1 trillion will come from for his plan, either. He wants to get to net zero emissions by 2050 and he wants to create 3 million clean infrastructure jobs within the next decade. The problem is that he’s looking at a net-zero emissions plan that will take 30 years to be reached, which is an even an aggressive plan. Meanwhile, creating job sounds well and good, but the plan doesn’t have enough detail to help voters to feel as though it can actually happen.
Booker and Castro want to divide the country with the new term known as “environmental racism.” This is where they will focus on various communities where they feel people of color are affected by environmental hazards disproportionately. Booker has a $3 trillion plan in order to be carbon neutral. Meanwhile, Castro has a $10 trillion plan that would have clean and renewable electricity throughout the US by 2035 and net-zero emissions by 2045.
With the Democrats all over the board in terms of how they would focus on climate control, it shows that none of them are on the same train of thought. They all agree that it is a building disaster and something has to be done about it. However, with voters more concerned in other areas, they aren’t focusing on the right areas. Further, they have to think about where the money is really going to come from because speaking in trillions of dollars is a terrifying thought, especially when looking at the deficit that the United States is already in.
Of course, Sanders likes to go with the biggest and boldest plans, with his fight for global warming costing an estimated $16 trillion. According to him, climate change is a national emergency. Plus, he wants to provide $200 billion to help some of the poorer nations with their climate change. This means that most of his plan isn’t even going to help America – is typical of the Democrats.
While climate change is important, it can’t be a priority – especially if it isn’t going to bring in an income at the same time as costing trillions of dollars. Someone needs to be financially responsible, and clearly it is in any of the presidential candidates.