Politics Climate change — Trump's golden opportunity
COVID-19 and climate change are a perfect storm for violent conflict
Governments need to deliver a unified response based on an understanding of how the impacts of climate and COVID-19 are combining to create heightened risks of conflict .The pandemic has affected both rich and poor countries alike, but for those already struggling with poverty, COVID-19 is creating new risks of instability. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, severe movement restrictions during the pandemic have combined with existing food insecurity that was already at record levels due to droughts, flooding and pest infestation.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration unveiled two executive orders intended to bolster his green credentials. The first signals the president's support for the, creating a to oversee its federal implementation. The second creates a so-called to modernize operations in water infrastructure and ensure universal access to clean drinking water. While small, the two new orders come at a strategic time in this election.
President Donald Trump and his staff have defied CDC coronavirus guidelines 23 times since Sept. 1
Since Sept. 1, Trump and other key White House officials have violated CDC coronavirus guidance at least 23 times, according to a USA TODAY analysis.President Donald Trump and members of his administration have often flouted guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, according to a review of news events by USA TODAY.
Surprisingly, climate change has staked an important position at the table of presidential issues, with Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden spending more time discussing the matter than during. Yet neither of the recent executive orders mentions climate change.
The numbers don't lie.of likely voters say that they would have a more favorable view of Trump if he embraced a conservative approach to climate change. That number rises to 73 percent for voters between the ages of 18 and 34, and to an astounding 90 percent for GOP voters aged 18 to 54. Embracing a conservative climate platform is one of the surest ways for Trump to not only boost his personal popularity as a presidential candidate, but also the appeal of the GOP more broadly.
Biden blasts 'climate arsonist' Trump in speech about West Coast fires
Joe Biden addressed the devastating wildfires affecting the western United States in a speech Monday warning of the growing threat of climate change. "If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze? If you give a climate denier four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised when more of America is underwater?" Biden said in prepared remarks.
These poll numbers, released this week by The Conservation Coalition, where I serve as national policy director, and The Conservative Energy Network, come off the back of years of progress already made by Republicans. Whereas the environment has long been seen as a typically left-wing issue, that narrative has changed significantly in recent years.
Right before COVID-19 hit, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)of several important environment bills, focusing on carbon capture technologies and natural solutions, and marking the first comprehensive GOP policy agenda on the issue. Even in the last few months, major bipartisan innovation bills have been spearheaded by Republican lawmakers such as Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) with the . Congressional Republicans have also led on conservation efforts. Under the leadership of Republicans such as Sens. Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Steve Daines (Mont.), the was signed into law on Aug. 4, permanently funding our National Parks.
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This progress is encouraging, especially to thethat overwhelmingly want their party to take climate change seriously. Yet the GOP still struggles to provide a convincing alternative to the Democrats' Green New Deal. As the recent polls suggest, there is significant room for improvement in the minds of the majority of voters - a prospect any Republican up for reelection should heed. Indeed, rarely does public polling provide such a clear and tangible avenue for greater electoral appeal.
During the debate two weeks ago, this culminated in Trumpthe reality of humanity's impact on the climate for the first time ever. Young and eco-conscious conservatives around the country sighed in relief, despite knowing we still need much more from the president. But it felt that, at long last, the debate has moved beyond mere recognition of the problem and toward actual solutions and policies. Trump should signal to voters that he is able to put forward more than mere rhetoric on the climate, and will pursue real action and real solutions. The polls indicate that there is absolutely no downside, and only enormous upside.
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And this is indeed where the golden opportunity lies for Trump. If he wins in November, he is unconstrained by the prospect of fighting for reelection four years later again and will undoubtedly start thinking about his legacy. If Trump wants to create a genuine legacy, and one that will be carried forward by generations of Republicans, then he must lean into the idea of conservative climate action. After all, nearly three-quarters of Americans would view the president more favorably if he put forward a conservative climate plan. By focusing on American global leadership, infrastructure modernization, natural solutions and energy innovation, the president has the opportunity to shape the environmental debate in a bipartisan way no president has been able to in history. A President Trump that brings Congress together on tackling climate change would not only cement his legacy for generations to come, but also represent a real reckoning of America's greatness.
Most importantly, the president should be assured that there is no lack of conservative solutions to environmental problems. An all-of-the-above energy approach, energy market deregulation, smart research and development investment, carbon capture & storage (CCS) technology, new-generation nuclear power and regulatory streamlining are all policy avenues that should fall within the Republican climate playbook. Ultimately, the conservative approach should be about prioritizing technology innovation and competition, and prioritizing real action over empty rhetoric.
Mr. President, you have an opportunity to do more for the environment than AOC and the Green New Deal acolytes ever will. Seize it.
Christopher Barnard is the national policy director at the American Conservation Coalition (ACC). Follow the organization on Twitter @ACC_National.
Debate transcript: Trump, Biden final presidential debate moderated by Kristen Welker .
Here is the full transcript of the final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, moderated by Kristen Welker in Nashville on Oct. 22, 2020. Headers have been added for ease of reading. © Mario Tama, Getty Images People are pictured watching the final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at The Abbey in West Hollywood, California. [0:00] Welker: A very good evening to both of you. This debate will cover six major topics.