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Msg  521847 of 535228  at  9/21/2023 3:44:08 PM  by


Teixeira tries again...

...with his case that it would be smart for the Democrats to back off from their dash for net zero, and move to an all-of-the-above energy policy that is better aligned with the priorities of the working class.
He doesn't seem to be getting much traction with the faculty lounge/nonprofit types who currently dominate the Democratic Party.  But it does look like Trump's team is reading his stuff.  Trump will be counter-programming the Republican debate next week with a speech to striking auto workers. 
Here's from Teixeira's latest:
  As Biden put it in the Times article:

The only existential threat humanity faces even more frightening than a nuclear war is global warming going above 1.5 degrees in the next 20 — 10 years. That’d be real trouble. There’s no way back from that.

More frightening than nuclear war, eh? I guess that means we can’t worry about trivial things like workers’ jobs in high-paying industries.

The fact is that the working class did not really sign up for the rapid green transition envisioned by Biden and most Democrats. Therefore, when their jobs or living standards are collateral damage in the push toward “Net Zero”, they are unlikely to cut the Democrats much slack on what is, after all, not their project or even a top priority for them.

As the Times article noted:

While 54 percent of adults polled by Pew said climate change was a major threat to the country’s well-being, respondents ranked it 17th out of 21 national issues in a January survey. “Even for Democrats, who say it’s important, it’s not the top issue,” said Alec Tyson, a researcher who helped conduct the survey.

Workers are more oriented toward a gradual, “all-of-the-above” approach to transitioning the energy system than to the frantic push for renewables and electric vehicles (not to mention heat pumps, electric stoves, etc.) that characterizes Green New Deal-type thinking. In a recent survey conducted by YouGov for The Liberal Patriot, just a quarter of working-class (noncollege) voters embraced the Democrats’ current approach, emphasizing ending the use of fossil fuels and rapidly adopting renewables. This was actually less than the number (29 percent) that flat-out supported production of fossil fuels and opposed green energy projects. The dominant position by far was an all-of-the above approach that called for cheap, abundant energy from many sources, including oil, gas, renewables, and nuclear, favored by 46 percent of voters.

 PW here:  In normal times you'd expect the Dems to be moving rapidly toward the center in response to polls like this.  But these are not normal times.  Gore, Kerry and the climateers have succeeded so well in ginning up their climate panic that the climate cult faction in their party might be almost as politically important to them as the working-class base.  We'll see.
Teixeira's full substack post is here

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