Building on Biden's oft-repeated comment that when he thinks of climate change, he thinks of jobs, the
“We must seize this opportunity to build a big, bold pathway to critical careers, for a diverse generation of Americans ready to take on this existential crisis that we face,'' said
The effort comes as the
“The threat is here. It is not getting any better,” Biden said. “The question is can it get worse?”
The proposed climate corps was not included in a bipartisan infrastructure bill approved by the
A vote in the House on both infrastructure bills could occur by the end of the month.
“This bold investment is a necessary response to the climate crisis and prioritizes the maintenance and upkeep of public lands,'' he said.
While the jobs should pay at least
Details are still being worked out, but Neguse and other
Most of those being targeted for the new climate corps “could find employment elsewhere,'' Popp said, noting a proliferation of help-wanted signs at retail businesses across the nation.
"I don't know that an unemployed coal worker in
On the other hand, some of his own students are highly motivated by the climate crisis and may want to spend a year or two on an outdoor job that helps address an existential threat to the planet, Popp said.
"Many young people are very passionate about the environment, and they may see this as an opportunity to do something about the environment and still get paid for it,'' he said.
“My grandfather worked for the CCC, and I remember him telling me how terrible it was, how backbreaking the work was,” said Arkansas Rep.
“We don’t need another FDR program, and the idea that this is going to help land management is a false idea as well,” Westerman said.
At a committee meeting last week, Rep.
In a widely circulated piece, the conservative
The program will help communities recover from climate disasters such as Hurricane Ida and Western wildfires while creating “good-paying jobs that can turn into clean-economy careers,'' Markey said. In the process, the climate corps will “make the country a safer, healthier place that can compete in the global economy,'' he added.
The urgency of the climate crisis “recalls past chapters of national mobilization,'' Neguse said. “In standing up the