As Biden put it in the Times article:
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.
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.
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.