This announcement happened last week:
This week, President Biden launched the American Climate Corps – helping mobilize the next generation of clean energy, conservation, and resilience workers.
Here’s what you need to know. https://t.co/gWpPtfhbfw
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 23, 2023
Focusing on equity and environmental justice, the American Climate Corps will focus on communities traditionally left behind – including energy communities that powered our nation for generations all while leveraging the talents of all members of our society.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 23, 2023
Now, at another blog, someone asked why this new program was being created? Why wasn’t it just run out of something like the AmeriCorps program?
SEPTEMBER 21, 2023 AT 10:21 AM
@NotMax: The core value proposition of the new program is two-fold imo:
1) A dedicated vehicle for large-scale climate mobilization lays important groundwork for us. The crisis is going to get substantially worse before it gets better; we need something we can scale up that is focused on addressing it and all the negative effects of it. AmeriCorps offers “stipended volunteer work”, which is nice but not appropriate to either the scope of the crisis nor to modern sensibilities among young people. They need an FDR style jobs program that can offer real careers doing meaningful work directly, not just passing them along to non-profits for volunteer. (I’m admittedly not well acquainted with AmeriCorps so this assessment relies on reading their wikipedia entry; any misunderstandings of AmeriCorps are my fault).
2) Like so much of what Biden has done, it’s not just smart policy but also smart politics. This sends a big message to young people that climate concerns are being heard and addressed, AND avenues of opportunity are being made for them. This program was one of the specific asks of the US climate movement’s youth wing so by delivering for them, Biden gives them more reasons to turn out for Dems next year and also shows that he listens to what they’re asking for and delivers – something we are frankly not used to from any president before now. It is this penchant of his for listening to us and delivering on our priorities that has converted me to a big-time Biden booster.
I thought that this was absolutely on point. This very concept harkens back to the New Deal. Harkens back to the CCC and WPA:
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a voluntary government work relief program that ran from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men ages 18–25 and eventually expanded to ages 17–28. The CCC was a major part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal that supplied manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state, and local governments. The CCC was designed to supply jobs for young men and to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States.
It joins together an idea from the past that worked, with the needs of today. I have to think that this is a benefit of having an older President. Having a President who spent 35 years in government before he was even Vice President. He is a student of history who understands that the challenges of today are new, but that there are possibly old solutions that just need tweaking; need modernization.
Remember, we have one party that believes Climate Change is real, and wants to find solutions and ways to attack the issue.
The other party won’t commit to Climate Change being real.
The more stark and obviousness in the difference in the parties with regards to this issue – can only be a positive. We can appeal to Gen Z and Younger Millennials with an actual Climate Change agenda.
And, our President stands with workers. Stands with the common man. He knows Unions built the middle class of this country.
President Biden has joined the picket line with UAW workers in Michigan.
"You deserve what you've earned, and you've earned a hell of a lot more than what you've gotten," Biden told them.
— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) September 26, 2023
Joe Biden at UAW picket line: "Wall Street didn’t build this country, the middle class built this country. The unions built the middle class. That’s a fact. Let’s keep going, you deserve what you’ve earned. And you’ve earned a hell of a lot more than you’re getting paid now." pic.twitter.com/OMcIEuZxjn
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) September 26, 2023
WATCH >> Another UAW worker on the picket line:
“Very historic. I don't remember any president coming to a picket line…He’s consistent. We have a lot of consistent folk at pointing out problems, he fixes them. I was very pleased to see him coming down the road.” pic.twitter.com/50jjq3Mbtt
— Ammar Moussa (@ammarmufasa) September 26, 2023
Biden camp out with first TV ad solely taking on Trump, comparing their records on support for unions https://t.co/OTeSxS8ODe
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) September 27, 2023
Biden is now running Republicans’ own words as a pro-union ad.
This is genius. https://t.co/q2bp3mDUfj
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) September 22, 2023
There is no comparison between the records of Biden and Trump on labor issues, and any coverage that doesn’t make that clear is falling short https://t.co/Awp3htqi61
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 25, 2023
I am curious what those on the left who dislike Biden are going to do with the fact that no president has EVER walked a picket line before he does this today? https://t.co/aM5T3SKNYm
— Erik Loomis (@ErikLoomis) September 25, 2023
Except from his perspective it is not a choice.
Biden wants all three things: the company to thrive, that it transitions to EVs, and that the workers get paid. https://t.co/KH07Pdx2ri
— Clean Observer (@Hammbear2024) September 25, 2023
AOC: President Biden showing up to the picket line on Tuesday is a historic event. We have never seen in modern history a president show up to a picket line like this.. pic.twitter.com/6SdNCyFST9
— Acyn (@Acyn) September 24, 2023
JUST IN: @POTUS says "Yes, I would support the UAW" in its demands of the Big 3
"I think the UAW gave up an incredibly amount back when the auto industry was going under. They saved the automobile industry… now the industry is roaring back" and only execs were rewarded.
— Kayla Tausche (@kaylatausche) September 25, 2023
Biden going to the picket line shouldn’t be underestimated. pic.twitter.com/trZInTbfqO
— Candidly Tiff (@tify330) September 27, 2023