Progressives and environmentalists are reportedly pushing President Biden to use his infrastructure program to finance their extreme Green New Deal.
The Green New Deal Network – a collection of 15 climate activist organizations – is putting pressure on the Biden administration to “include the whole of the THRIVE Agenda” into their upcoming bill.
THRIVE was proposed by Senator Ed Markey, D.-Mass., who asked Biden to include the proposal in the next economic plan. THRIVE contains overreaching climate targets, like a carbon-free electric grid by 2035.
Markey’s plan asks for $10 trillion in spending to attain “real full employment” and “transform our country” through government jobs.
President Biden’s entire infrastructure program will have a price tag of $2.25 trillion. And THRIVE’s cost will be over five times as much as Democrats’ last relief plan.
Biden was thought to announce his infrastructure details, including exact spending on climate, this past Wednesday.
Although Biden did not officially support the Green New Deal during his presidential campaign, staffers within his White House have been strong supporters of environmental reform. While in congress, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland proposed a version of the THRIVE Agenda, and several White House insiders worked closely with the groups urging Biden to adopt the agenda.
GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (Ky.), said that President Biden’s proposal “could be a Trojan horse for huge tax increases and other job-killing policies.”
And Republican Rep. Sam Graves, (Mo.), said the program “needs to be a transportation law, not a Green New Deal.”
Author: Steven Sinclaire