Senate Democrats’ Climate “Report” Recycles Biden’s Failed Green Jobs Policies of 2009

WASHINGTON DC (August 25, 2020) – The American Energy Alliance, the country’s premier pro-consumer, pro-taxpayer, and free-market energy organization, responded to the long-awaited Senate Democrats latest plan on how they would steer the federal government on the issue of climate change.

Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, issued the following statement in reaction to today’s report:

“Once again, the Senate Democrats are ‘all talk and no action’ with respect to climate change. ‘Just put us in charge,’ they say, and they will solve everything. Of course, they ignore history and conveniently overlook when they held a supermajority in the Senate, and Joe Biden was Vice-President, and they didn’t even bother to bring a House passed climate bill to the Senate floor for a vote.

“The Democrats latest plan calls for for an ‘unprecedented scale’ effort ‘using American wealth,’ which translates into taxpayers opening up their wallets and saying goodbye to any economic relief experienced in the form of affordable energy under President Trump.

“Trying to re-spin global warming from what it will do to us, to what we can do for it, won’t work either. Time and time again, despite 30 years of listening to a steady drumbeat of alarmism, a little less than one in five American voters (19%) have identified global warming as a crisis. Furthermore, research confirms that even fewer are looking for the government to solve it.

“Perhaps what is most misleading about this report is the notion of creating at least 10 million new, green jobs. We need look back no further than 2009 to see how the Democrats plan, led by presidential nominee Joe Biden, turned out. Back then it was all about a clean energy-economy and the 5 million green jobs to be created. Fast forward to today, and they talk about the climate in terms of environmental catastrophe and climate justice. Same actors. Same plot. New title. Same ending.

“Under Biden’s leadership, the lackluster growth in green employment was such a failure that it led to a desperate redefinition of what constituted a green job, including oil lobbyists and garbagemen. Even then, they never came close to the five million jobs promised.

“Senate Democrats’ latest treatise on climate change is a fantasy wish list with solution number one resting on decarbonizing everything. I suppose Senator Brian Schatz, the author of the report, will have plenty of time to draft implementing legislation on his high-speed rail trips back and forth to his home state of Hawaii.”

“When it comes to our environment, America is a leader. To imply we’re getting left behind flies in the face of reality and is an insult to the American people.”

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