NPR talked with Elizabeth Warren about a lot of things, including climate change.
What she had to say about economics and equity was, in my opinion, brilliant. On international relations, she’s clearly well informed and intelligent. But … that stuff isn’t what this blog is about.
On the topic of climate change, NPR reports she said this:
“We have to rebuild our infrastructure to deal with climate change that is bearing down upon us. The urgency of the moment on climate change cannot be overstated. It’s upon us and we need to make change and make change fast. And that means in part rebuilding our power grids, our entire infrastructure system. We need to harden against the coming storms. Underpasses and overpasses and bridges. We need a 21st-century infrastructure that accounts for coming changes in climate, and we need it fast.”
NPR itself added the following information:
Warren has endorsed the Green New Deal package that aims to drastically cut carbon emissions. Warren said the revenue from her Ultra-Millionaire Tax could help pay for some of these proposals to combat climate change, and it sets her apart as one of the most progressive candidates in the field.
First things first: What Warren said about climate change was nothing more than what I hear from every democrate who doesn’t want to be run out of town. You might have gotten a “C” just for endorsing the Green New Deal, but you ruined it with that deflection of making it all about your infrastructure program. This was as extreme a case of “lip service” as I’ve heard in a long time — hell, this is the kind of crap I might actually expect to hear from Marco Rubio.
At least you emphasized the urgency, which is how you avoided an “F” grade. But if you really meant it, why not one word about emissions reductions, and everything suggested about adaptation, not mitigation? Which makes me say: Elizabeth, you are pretty clueless about climate change. Please, prove me wrong on the next pop quiz — because on this test, you get a D.
One more thing … I don’t grade on the curve.