Moments ago, Joe Biden shared a video and tweeted:
We can’t just build things back to the way they were — we’ve got to build America back better. Tune in as I deliver remarks on how we’re going to invest in infrastructure and clean energy and create millions of jobs in the process:
We can’t just build things back to the way they were — we’ve got to build America back better. Tune in as I deliver remarks on how we're going to invest in infrastructure and clean energy and create millions of jobs in the process: https://t.co/c3kocZapIH
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 14, 2020
Per the NY Times, Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced on Tuesday a new plan to spend $2 trillion over four years to significantly escalate the use of clean energy in the transportation, electricity and building sectors, part of a suite of sweeping proposals designed to create economic opportunities and build infrastructure while also tackling climate change.
In a speech in Wilmington, Del., Mr. Biden built on his plans, released last week, for reviving the economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, with a new focus on enhancing the nation’s infrastructure and emphasizing the importance of putting the United States on a path to significantly cut fossil fuel emissions.
“These are the most critical investments we can make for the long-term health and vitality of both the American economy and the physical health and safety of the American people,” he said, repeatedly criticizing President Trump’s leadership on issues including climate and the pandemic. “When Donald Trump thinks about climate change, the only word he can muster is ‘hoax.’ When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs.’”
According to a report from Breitbart, Biden’s plan has several similarities to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” but with a 2035 deadline instead of 2030.
Per Breitbart, Ocasio-Cortez drew ridicule last year when she proposed moving the entire U.S. economy to 100% renewable energy sources — primarily solar and wind — by 2030. Biden’s policy does the same, but proposes a deadline of 2035 instead.
Currently, the most ambitious “green” energy plan on record in the U.S. is California’s law aiming at 100% renewable energy by 2045 — ten years later than Biden is proposing. Critics note that California has no idea how to reach its goal.
Moving to 100% renewable energy would mean putting the fossil fuel industry out of business — oil, natural gas, and coal.
Ocasio-Cortez also left hydroelectric power out of her plan, and said nothing about nuclear energy, which the led opposes but which provides the only practical alternative to fossil fuels as an energy source that is almost totally carbon-free.
Notably, Ocasio-Cortez chairs Biden’s climate change policy committee on the “Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force.”
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee offered a similar plan when he ran for president, calling for requiring 100% carbon-neutral power by 2030, putting America on a path to having all clean, renewable and zero-emission energy in electricity generation by 2035. Observers noted that experts were “skeptical about the political plausibility of its execution.”