Senate Democrats representing the more radicalized left-wing threatened not to pass the White House-driven infrastructure bill if specific climate provisions are omitted. They claim that the issue of climate change has faded from the discussion and should take center stage.
Many Democrats have begun to voice their concern and lobby that climate change should not be part of the talks during the disputes over the infrastructure project.
At a climate change event, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) said, “The White House and Democratic Congress need to hold strong on real, meaningful, bold, substantial climate provisions that President Biden proposed in his American Jobs Plan. … There is little appetite in our caucus for an infrastructure plan that ignores the greatest crisis, the most existential crisis that we face,” Breitbart reported.
Heinrich also mentioned the situation in a threatening tweet.
“An infrastructure package that goes light on climate and clean energy should not count on every Democratic vote.”
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) chimed in on Heinrich’s tweet, writing, “Colorado and New Mexico share a watershed. I agree wholeheartedly with my friend @MartinHeinrich.”
Even more direct was the message from Ed Markey (D), who on Wednesday the 9th posted, “No climate, no deal.”
The pushback from lawmakers comes after a message issued by President Joe Biden’s national climate adviser, Gina McCarthy, who said Tuesday that some of the proposals to combat climate change could be left out of the infrastructure package. However, the administration will not give up its pursuit of measures to boost green energy to reduce greenhouse gases, Politico reported.
Nevertheless, McCarthy assured that President Biden is doing his utmost to include as many measures as possible to combat climate change. According to the advisor, they encounter significant resistance from Republican sectors, who are rightly wary of the leftists’ actions to combat climate change, knowing that these measures could lead to a total disruption of the traditional U.S. production system.
The president recently canceled negotiations with Senate Republicans who were pushing a smaller bill that lacked climate incentives.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) was among the Republicans who discussed the infrastructure bill with Biden. He said Biden was trying to “satisfy an insatiable far-left agenda that demands massive tax increases and spending trillions of dollars on things unrelated to physical infrastructure.”
Biden’s proposal for the infrastructure bill will continue to be debated in the halls of Congress. With a minimal Democratic majority, and with Republicans against the bill, Biden will likely have to follow the pressure of the more radicalized groups that propose the imposition of the “green revolution,” through which they propose the goal of eliminating conventional fuels (i.e., oil, natural gas, and coal) by the year 2030.
Some measures have already been implemented, such as the suspension of the Keystone pipeline megaproject and the suspension of state land leases for oil and gas development. This has already begun to impact both the rise in oil prices and the reduction of jobs.
If the progressive green agenda continues, the impact on the U.S. economy could be catastrophic for future generations.