The Dialog: “Worldwide Momentum” and Inexperienced Jobs will Persuade Republicans to Again Biden’s Inexperienced New Deal

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Two British political science professors expect Republicans, at least initially, to resist the inevitability of our green future, but they believe the rise of green jobs and “international dynamism” will convince Republicans to back Joe Biden's Green New Deal.

Climate change: Joe Biden could see a wave of international momentum to break the blockade in the US

November 11, 2020 3.12 a.m. AEDT

Richard Beardsworth
Professor of International Politics at the University of Leeds

Olaf Corry
Professor of Global Security Challenges at the University of Leeds

Joe Biden's presidency is likely to be dominated by the "three Cs": COVID-19, China and climate change. Any of these giants could make it or break it.

Despite forest fires and hurricanes, this wasn't the long-awaited climate election. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris fought for the promise of a $ 2 trillion investment over the next four years. The goal is to get the US on the road to a carbon-free electricity sector by 2035 and carbon neutral by 2050 – that is, the country's net carbon emissions would reach zero. Their climate plan combined aggressive emissions reductions with social and environmental justice measures that go beyond compensating workers and communities embedded in high-carbon industries like coal mining. It was forged in collaboration with the Bernie Sanders campaign and supporters of a Green New Deal.

The bad news is that Biden's ability to implement such a transformative national agenda appears severely limited. Any Large spending plans are likely to be held back by the Senate Even after the runoff elections in January, there can at best be a 50:50 split with Harris as the tiebreaker. Even "moderate" Republicans like Mitt Romney have pledged "to see that we Conservatives keep fighting to make sure we don't have a Green New Deal (and) we don't get rid of gas, coal and oil."

But If Biden can combine climate action with economic renewal, employment, environmental justice and a proactive foreign policy with both China and Europe, he could still meet his national and international goals.

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I think where the professors got it wrong, they really seem to believe that the Green New Deal is an economically viable option that, after investing a few trillion dollars, becomes a self-sustaining economic system.

In my opinion, this means a total rejection of the technical and economic reality.

If a company is not competitive with $ 1 billion in government money, how can it help grow the investment to $ 1 trillion?

After all the subsidies and political support that renewable energies have received over the decades, the need for special government support would have long been overcome if there had been any hope that renewable energies would be economically viable with a similar technology.

In other words, that dead horse will not jump up and gallop on its own, no matter how hard politicians whip it with taxpayers' money.

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