From our Swindon Correspondent:
So, if you want to know what this plan is really about, start with the subtitle at the very top
The Biden-Harris plan to create union jobs by tackling the climate crisis
Some American unions have given a lot of money to get Biden elected, and here’s where Biden pays them back. Create lots of unionised jobs, which means more union members paying union fees.
Infrastructure: Create millions of good, union jobs rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure – from roads and bridges to green spaces and water systems to electricity grids and universal broadband – to lay a new foundation for sustainable growth, compete in the global economy, withstand the impacts of climate change, and improve public health, including access to clean air and clean water.
Why, if you care about climate change, would you want to build better roads? Why would you start a program of universal broadband when Elon Musk’s Starlink is going to deliver rural broadband to America, and already has an area of Washington state online? Again, this is about paying back the debt to unions.
Auto Industry: Create 1 million new jobs in the American auto industry, domestic auto supply chains, and auto infrastructure, from parts to materials to electric vehicle charging stations, positioning American auto workers and manufacturers to win the 21st century; and invest in U.S. auto workers to ensure their jobs are good jobs with a choice to join a union.
No-one serious about the environment would have a policy to create more auto industry jobs. That’s not an anti-car position, just that interfering to create more car jobs is bad. But I guess the UAW were large donors.
Transit: Provide every American city with 100,000 or more residents with high-quality, zero-emissions public transportation options through flexible federal investments with strong labor protections that create good, union jobs and meet the needs of these cities — ranging from light rail networks to improving existing transit and bus lines to installing infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Light rail networks are much loved by these sorts of people because they are, intrinsically, monopolies, and that means you need unions. There’s no benefits of light rail/trams over buses, which is why we got rid of the trams in the 1920s in the UK.
Power Sector: Move ambitiously to generate clean, American-made electricity to achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035. This will enable us to meet the existential threat of climate change while creating millions of jobs with a choice to join a union.
You could just add a carbon tax and let the market sort things out, but the unions wouldn’t get a benefit.