Biden Must Quickly Pivot on the Climate

Saturday, May 11, 2019 (Listed under Environment)

Former fossil fuel profiteers have no place in the next administration. We need the scientists, cultural influencers and educators who can communicate the threat and the solutions.

In a recent Reuters story concerning the “middle ground” former Vice President Joe Biden aims to seek on climate action, a campaign official was quoted as saying that Biden “could be supportive of nuclear energy and fossil fuel options like natural gas and carbon capture technology, which limit emissions from coal plants and other industrial facilities."

We don't need nuclear power to reduce emissions and we certainly don't need any more fossil fuel infrastructure. We need leadership.

Heather Zichal, Biden's energy consultant, back-stepped on the report, tweeting that Biden aims to “enact a bold policy to tackle climate change in a meaningful and lasting way.” But Heather is a long-time fossil fuel advocate and natural gas junkie. She has served the interests of the American Petroleum Institute and now she's advising Biden on his climate plan? 

Zichal is not qualified to guide Biden on the very real threat we face and the excruciatingly limited window we have available to act. Biden should let Zichal go and quickly pivot on his climate policy. He could bring on any of the world's climate experts that he chooses. Together, they could help the candidate shape a new climate vocabulary.

In The Guardian, today, award-winning author and global divestment leader, Bill McKibben, wrote: "Biden thinks fracked gas is an acceptable way to reduce emissions. He is too stuck in the past to be a credible standard-bearer for the Democratic Party."

Larry Schweiger commented on Facebook: “His plan misses the mark to avoid catastrophic climate change. When these targets were first picked during Obama's years they were within range but humans have been putting 110 million tons of CO2 in the sky EVERY DAY since Barack Obama put his plan out. We are now too late for slow walking pollution reductions plans.” 

Quoted, yesterday, in a Huffington Post story by Alexander C. Kaufman & Chris D'Angelo, Michael E. Mann commented, “The greatest fault in his proposal is the suggestion that natural gas can be part of the solution. The solution to a problem created by burning fossil fuels cannot be the burning of fossil fuels.” 

Having read the story, Mark Z. Jacobson took to twitter: “The failed ‘all-of-the-above,' ‘all-the-tools-in-the-toolkit' policy is the reason we are in crisis. We must deploy, deploy, deploy wind-water-solar & storage for all energy ASAP. Biden's preview of climate policy - woefully insufficient."

Mark Z Jacobson is a Stanford University Energy and Atmospheric Professor and the dynamo behind The Solutions Project's clean energy blueprints, which map 50 States and 139 countries for 80% renewable energy by 2030. Check them out here.

Delaware is included.

Obviously, Biden is concerned about attacks from the right, but should he be? You have to be a fool not to understand what is happening and want to fix things. I suggest that he just mock all of them for denying reality. "Foolish, Wayward Trump" sounds like a solid nickname to me. As for the Senate, just hold them accountable for blithely ignoring the epic economic promise of a national clean energy rennaissance. Share the numbers with the public. Speak truth and voters will listen. No focus groups needed. 



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