Democrats eye climate policy in economic relief bill
By Scott Waldman and Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporters Climatewire: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Excerpt: He isn’t the only climate advocate who would use a new stimulus package to address global warming. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said now is the time to pass the Green New Deal, a sweeping climate policy he helped write.
“The White House is proposing to bail out the fossil fuel industry. We need more coronavirus testing, not more fracking. We should be working to pass a #GreenNewDeal and deliver climate justice, not delivering an unjust payout to Trump’s billionaire oil and gas cronies,” he tweeted.
Activists with the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led group that has championed the Green New Deal, took a similar stance.
“Democrats can’t respond to this moment of crisis the same way we did in 2008, by bailing out CEOs and leaving millions of people unemployed and homeless,” said Aracely Jimenez, a Sunrise Movement spokeswoman, in a statement.
Jimenez added: “The next President must instead respond to this moment of crisis by stimulating the economy through unprecedented investment in the Green New Deal — the only plan which will revamp our public health infrastructure, guarantee federal jobs to all displaced workers, and employ millions to transform our energy, transportation, and food systems towards renewable energies that stabilize both our economy and our climate.”
Democrats don’t want to waste coronavirus panic: Sen. Whitehouse wants climate ‘menu’ included in economic aid package: ‘We’d want a price on carbon’ – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. The Rhode Island Democrat said airlines, in particular, must do more to address their carbon footprint in return for federal financial assistance…”If they want to bail out the airline industry, then the airline industry better damn well be ready to clean up its act in terms of carbon emissions offsets,” Whitehouse said. “It can be done, they can do it, and the taxpayer should make sure they’re performing it.”