Washington-Inspired by the Civilian Protection Corps in the New Deal era, President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats are pushing for a modern counterpart: a civilian climate regiment that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, build trails, restore rivers, and help Prevent catastrophic wildfires.
On the basis of Biden’s frequently repeated comments, when he thinks of climate change, he thinks of work. The White House stated that this $10 billion plan will address these two priorities because young people find jobs to install solar panels, Plant trees, dig irrigation ditches and promote outdoor activities. entertainment.
White House Deputy Climate Adviser Ali Zaidi said: “We must seize this opportunity to build a large and bold path to key careers for the diverse generation of Americans who are prepared to deal with the existential crisis we face.” This is the moment when national service meets family-supporting professions.”
After a series of devastating storms swept across most of the country recently, the White House and many Democrats are stepping up their attention to climate change. Biden this week toured communities in New York and New Jersey that were destroyed by the remnant floods of Hurricane Ida, saying that climate change has become a “everyone’s crisis.”
“The threat is here. The situation has not improved,” Biden said. “The question is will it get worse?”
The proposed climate group is not included in the bipartisan infrastructure bill approved by the Senate, but it is a key part of an emerging $3.5 trillion package supported by Democrats to help families and combat climate change. The House of Representatives may vote on these two bills at the end of this month.
Rep. Joe Neguse, a Colorado Democrat and co-sponsor of a climate group bill, said that training the next generation of American land managers, park rangers and other managers of our natural resources is very important.
“This bold investment is a necessary response to the climate crisis and puts the maintenance and upkeep of public land first,” he said.
Neguse said that although the hourly wage for these jobs should be at least $15, those who might join the Climate Group “do not do it for compensation.” “They know it is important to connect with nature and do important work for their state and country.”
The details are still being worked out, but Neguse and other Democrats said the plan should pay a “living wage”, while providing medical insurance and support for childcare, housing, transportation and education.
David Pope, a professor of public administration at Syracuse University, said that a key difference between the original civilian protection team and the new climate group is that the US economy does not have the presidency of Franklin D.
Although US employers only added 235,000 jobs in August, the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 5.2% as the economy continued to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Pope said that most people targeted by the new climate group “can find jobs elsewhere,” noting that there is a surge in signs of help from retail companies across the country.
“I didn’t know that an unemployed coal worker in West Virginia would move to Montana to take a minimum wage job to restore the river,” he said.
Pope said that on the other hand, some of his own students are highly motivated by the climate crisis and may want to spend a year or two in outdoor work to help solve the existential threats facing the planet.
“Many young people are passionate about the environment. They may think this is an opportunity to do something for the environment, but they can still get paid for it,” he said.
Republicans largely ignored the Climate Group, believing it was a better proposal, which would waste money and could even deprive workers displaced by the pandemic and the promotion of so-called green jobs.
“My grandfather worked for the CCC, and I remember he told me how bad this is and how hard the work is,” said Rep. Bruce Westman of Arkansas, the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee.
“We don’t need another FDR plan, and the idea that it will help land management is also a wrong idea,” Westerman said.
At a committee meeting last week, Oregon Rep. Cliff Benz called the proposed climate group a “delusion,” and added: “Why do we think people will suddenly jump to work and do it very, very hard and dirty? Dirty, dangerous work? Because we give them $15 an hour? This will not happen.”
In a widely circulated article, the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial stated that the Democrats want to “extend the government to every corner of American life. It is not enough to just teach Americans about the dangers of climate change. Now they still I want to tax you and other Americans to pay for the expenses your children spend years teaching you.”
Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, a well-known supporter of the Climate Group, said such criticism ignores important benefits.
Markey said the plan will help communities recover from climate disasters such as Hurricane Ida and the wildfires in the west, while creating “high-paying jobs that can be transformed into clean economy jobs.” He added that in the process, the climate group will “make the country a safer and healthier place that can compete in the global economy”.
In a letter to the newspaper, Markey said: “When the west coast fights fires and the east coast fights storms and smoke, the editorial board fights scarecrows.”
Negus said the urgency of the climate crisis “reminiscent of the past chapters of national mobilization.” “In the process of establishing a civilian climate force, we will build on the existing infrastructure to meet today’s challenges.”