As President Biden Tackles Climate Crisis, MAGA Republicans Wage War Against Historic Investments
August 7, 2023
As the Biden-Harris administration takes immense steps to tackle the climate crisis, MAGA Republicans — including a slew of 2024 GOP hopefuls — still dabble in climate change denialism, and are even attempting to roll back the progress President Biden and Democrats are making.
President Biden remains focused on tackling the climate crisis head-on with new actions to provide relief to Americans facing extreme heat.
Associated Press: “President Joe Biden will travel to Arizona, New Mexico and Utah next week and is expected to talk about his administration’s efforts to combat climate change as the region endures a brutally hot summer with soaring temperatures … Biden is expected to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act, America’s most significant response to climate change, and the push toward more clean energy manufacturing.”
Associated Press: “With heat waves spreading across the United States, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced new steps to protect workers — including a hazard alert notifying employers and employees about ways to stay safe from extreme heat — as well as measures to improve weather forecasts and make drinking water more accessible.”
In contrast, MAGA Republicans running for president have cozied up to Big Oil and Big Gas and railed against efforts to combat the climate crisis.
New York Times: “Over four years, the Trump administration dismantled major climate policies and rolled back many more rules governing clean air, water, wildlife and toxic chemicals.”
Alex Ward, Politico: “Pence says that there will be ‘modest’ temperature changes over the next century. The UN estimates that average Earth temperatures will rise by about 3 degrees above preindustrial levels by the first half of 2030, which could have severe consequences.”
The Guardian: “Ron DeSantis has been accused of a ‘catastrophic’ approach to the climate crisis after he launched his campaign for US president by saying he rejects the ‘politicization of the weather’ and questioning whether hurricanes hitting his home state of Florida have been worsened by climate change.”
Ramaswamy: “The Earth’s surface area is covered with more plant life
today than 50 years ago – because, yes, carbon is plant food and surface temperatures are a little higher. More facts that you’ll never hear from the Church of Climate Change.”
Reuters: “The governors of five Republican states are ready to fight Democratic President-elect Joe Biden if he tries to require the power sector to slash greenhouse gas emissions. … ‘Our power companies have voluntarily embraced sources of alternative energy without heavy-handed regulation from
government,’ Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said in a statement.”
HuffPost: “When asked by Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ on Tuesday whether he believes climate change is occurring and man-made, the New Jersey governor replied, ‘The climate has been changing forever and it will always change and man will always contribute to it. It’s not a crisis.’ … Scarborough pointed out that recent years have been uncharacteristically hot, shattering temperature records, but Christie was skeptical. ‘I don’t buy that, Joe. … I don’t see any evidence that it’s a crisis,’ Christie said. When asked what scientific data he was relying on for evidence, Christie pointed not to specific studies or charts but to his own intuition. ‘That’s my feeling,’ he said. ‘I didn’t say I was relying on any scientist.’”
Kaitlan Collins, CNN: “North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum doesn’t say whether he believes humans are to blame for global warming as a new analysis finds extreme heat waves were made significantly more likely by the human-caused climate crisis.”
Congressional Republicans are also waging war on President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act and its historic investments in tackling the climate crisis.
American Independent: “House Republicans want to repeal Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. Voters do not.”
Forbes: “The Republican debt limit bill restores energy credits and incentives for renewables to their conditions prior to the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. The overall impact, therefore—if the legislation passes the Senate and is signed into law by the president—will be to scale back support for renewables and other clean energy initiatives.”
Los Angeles Times Opinion: “Lost amid all the attention to the partisan standoff over raising the nation’s debt limit is the insanity of a big part of the Republicans’ bargaining position: Many of the savings they demand in return for a higher debt ceiling would come from killing the landmark clean energy initiatives President Biden achieved just nine months ago, and which already have set off a ‘gold rush’ of job-creating investments.”