Republicans Warn as Biden Puts Emphasis on Deploying a Climate Army
A new bill introduced by House Republicans is aimed at President Joe Biden's $30 billion taxpayer-funded plan for a Climate Corps. Biden's initiative, if successful, will train 20,000 young people for jobs in the clean energy economy. These jobs will focus on advancing environmental justice, deploying clean energy, implementing energy-efficient technologies, and tackling climate change, as per the White House. However, Republicans have criticized Biden's initiative, labeling it as an attempt to deploy a "climate army."
Republican Opposition to the Climate Corps
Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., who introduced the "No American Climate Corps Act" on Friday, described it as another example of the Biden administration advancing its radical anti-American energy agenda. Good argued that Americans are already struggling due to Biden's economic policies. He believes that the Climate Corps will only add to the regulatory burdens on business owners and drive inflation even higher.
The No American Climate Corps Act
Good's bill seeks to prohibit any federal funds from being used for the purposes of creating an American Climate Corps or a similar program. Biden announced his Climate Corps program on September 20, following calls from a group of left-wing politicians to establish the program through executive action. This group included Senators Ed Markey, D-Mass., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., along with Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Judy Chu, D-Calif., and Joe Neguse, D-Colo.
Concerns from the Right
Republicans like Good argue that initiatives like the Climate Corps lead to hyperinflation, increase consumer costs, and reduce American energy capacity. They view the initiative as an attempt to mimic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, which expanded the government's role during the Great Depression in the 1930s. Good's bill warns that President Biden and Democrats' continued focus on climate change and American energy independence will cost over $500 billion in climate spending with the passage of bills like the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Acceleration Act.
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Impact of Climate Policies on New Businesses
The proposed Climate Corps initiative by President Joe Biden, which faces opposition from House Republicans, could have significant implications for new businesses, especially those in the clean energy sector.
Understanding the Policy Landscape
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The "Hot Take"
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