‘What Democrats have done very well in this cycle is to draw a direct line between climate change and what people are experiencing in their communities…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Never waste a crisis.
Democrats have certainly taken that old adage to heart many times in recent years; this time they’re taking advantage of devastation caused by hurricanes and wildfires so they can tackle climate change, reports Politico.
The issue has frequently been a difficult one for Democrats to manage, especially on the campaign trail, because for many voters it seems an abstract concern. They’re hoping that recent events will bring the issue home for voters, and make it easier for them to sell their proposed solutions—which often involve more regulations on the fossil fuels sector and more subsidies for renewable energy.
“Climate change as a scientific conversation, temperature—it’s hard to get your arms around,” said Democratic strategist Steve Schale. “What Democrats have done very well in this cycle is to draw a direct line between climate change and what people are experiencing in their communities.”
It’s the green economy that Republicans should pay more attention to, suggests Republican donor Jeffrey McDermott. He happens to be managing director for Greentech Capital Advisors, which counts among its clients numerous green energy companies.
McDermott, who did not vote for President Trump, sounded a familiar theme, noting that renewable energy was on the rise while coal was in decline: “Disconnecting from change doesn’t recapture the past, it loses the future.”
Of course, the present might be a different place had it not been for the Obama administration’s relentless attacks on the coal industry, which was subjected to onerous regulations. But now, it seems like the industry is in resurgence.
Likewise, despite the double whammy of natural disasters from Mother Nature and political attacks from liberal lawmakers, U.S. oil industry has thrived, outpacing many rival nations to become the largest global crude oil producer.
At the same time, federal and state governments have gifted the renewable sector with enormous subsidies, despite there being little evidence to support their efficacy. Meanwhile, there is mounting evidence to the contrary suggesting renewable sources are less cost-effective and practical than originally projected.
Nonetheless, Democrats apparently think now is an opportune time to tout their fondness for renewables . Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has vowed to “lean into the challenge of the green economy.” And New Mexico Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, also running for governor, even scaled a wind turbine in a campaign ad.
But even in the midst of hurricane season, which tends to bring extreme weather events to the forefront of the news cycle, it remains unknown until after Nov. 6 whether the climate change issue will be a persuasive one for Democrats.