Infrastructure, Climate Plan Could be Gelling

June 25, 2021

Could it be that people are underestimating Joe Biden?

6 Responses to “Infrastructure, Climate Plan Could be Gelling”

  1. J4Zonian Says:

    Or could it be that people don’t appreciate how conservative and devious Biden and the other oligarchic Democrats are?

    The bill takes a big chunk of infrastructure and engages in that great reactionary wet dream, privatization.

    https://prospect.org/politics/bipartisan-senate-infrastructure-plan-privatization-asset-recycling/

    It’s not nearly enough to avoid climate catastrophe. As long as the corporate gray Democrats refuse to do what they need to win fast enough, they’ll continue to win too slowly, which as Bill McKibben says, is the same as losing. (At least until they lose again.) They need to declare a climate and democracy emergency, ditch the filibuster, pack the court(s), push statehood for DC and territories, get rid of gerrymandering and voter suppression and void all legislatures filled by them. They need to get the loyalty of their base by passing other elements of the Green New Deal—universal health care, free education, national living wage or universal basic income, dramatically higher taxes on corporations and the rich.

    and start passing the bills we need to survive the next century by moving a big enough Green New Deal to matter.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      I read much of the article.

      I don’t get the problem with using municipal bonds as part of the funding for infrastructure. It’s a well-established way to get private investment into government projects, and the people still end up owning the infrastructure, just paid off over time.

      Here’s an ethical conundrum: Would it be worth privatizing infrastructure if it’s something that reduces emissions (or improves adaptation)?

      BTW, did you notice that Manchin’s name was specifically mentioned in the Unearthed exposé?

  2. J4Zonian Says:

    Biden Administration Sides With Line 3 In Court — WTF?
    https://cleantechnica.com/2021/06/26/biden-administration-sides-with-line-3-in-court-wtf/
    The Biden administration sided with Canadian pipeline company Enbridge on Wednesday, when it filed a brief asking a federal court to throw out a legal challenge from tribes and environmental groups over the construction of the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline.

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    In the first video I think Senior White House Advisor Cedric Richmond undercut his cause by emphasizing how big and unprecedented the plan is (“We’re going to spend sooooo much money…”). I think he could have skipped bringing up the EV-charging part (which is elite and alien to a lot of the public), rather than just emphasizing replacing lead pipes and Internet.

    He’s less well prepared to be a spokesman than I’d expect from this WH.

  4. J4Zonian Says:

    Biden Administration Sides With Line 3 In Court — WTF?

    ‘We Must Do More,’ Says Ocasio-Cortez as Biden Announces Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

    That juxtaposition wasn’t a clue? They’re fanatically avoiding what they need to do so they’re relentlessly flogging the things they are doing that will turn out to be completely useless.


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