President Biden and House Democrats have started to throw all they have at the climate “issues”, attempting to subvert doomsday predictions that state we only have 12 years to save the planet, or 10, or 8, depending on who you ask and when you ask them.
The Paris Agreement and Keystone XL
Two of Biden’s first executive orders in office were to re-join the Paris Climate Agreement and to terminate all permits for the Keystone XL Pipeline, two actions that Democrats lapped up as their new President works to appease environmental activists both in and out of the DNC.
Under the terms of the Paris Agreement, the US will have to alter several policies when it comes to the environment, which may result in the loss of jobs and union jobs, according to some Republicans.
The agreement, signed first by President Obama, requires all nations to send funds to Paris as part of a “global fight” against Climate Change.
In the final year of the Obama administration, it is estimated that around $1billion was sent to this fund, all coming from the pockets of the hardworking taxpayer.
President Biden also took a lot of flak for the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The project, which spans 1,200 miles between Canada and the US, was said to have cut nearly 1,300 jobs from a US economy in dire need of a revival.
According to the project’s website, the construction of the pipeline was due to adding 11,000 jobs to the US economy this year, with 8,000 of those jobs going to union workers, generating a gross estimate total of $1.6billion in wages.
The only answer that could be provided by the administration when questioned about the job losses was that they hoped, Biden’s $2trillion green infrastructure plan would generate millions of jobs in the long term, leaving the union workers unemployed and financially troubled in the short term.
Are the Democrats in trouble?
As a result of President Biden’s early job cuts in the first week of his presidency, many House Democrats are starting to fear for their seats as they throw their support behind Biden’s plan, as the GOP aims to take back the House in the midterms next year.
Representatives for the Democrats in the states of Texas, Pennsylvania, and Virginia will be looking over their shoulders as the Keystone XL job cuts will affect their voters.
Democratic representatives Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and Vicente Gonzalez of Texas will be the most concerned as the Republicans go on the offensive, having only won their seats by a mere 3% voter margin, according to Ballotpedia.
Why are they feeling the heat?
In March 2019, the majority of House Democrats, including Spanberger and Gonzalez, voted for the H.R. 9 legislation, which would have required the United States to abide by the regulations set out in the Paris Agreement.
With President Biden now having re-joined the coalition, the very voters that put these representatives in office will be negatively affected by the loss of employment in an already devastated economy, making these reps sweat over their own jobs as the Republicans target gains in 2022.