Extreme Temperature Diary- Thursday September 21st, 2023/Main Topic: Biden’s New Youth Climate Corp

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Main Topic: Biden’s New Youth Climate Corp

Dear Diary. Political pressure via peaceful marches, signing petitions, and writing letters to those in charge works. After years of rallying cries culminating with massive climate marches in New York City and elsewhere on Sunday, President Biden announced Tuesday the formation of an American Climate Corp in which 20,000 eager young people would be hired to do groundwork to fight the climate crisis. This American Climate Corp has reminded people of a similar program that President Rosevelt instituted about ninety years ago, which was the Civilian Conservation Corps. I’m thinking that this new Climate Corp needs to be expanded to plant as many trees as was done by the CCC plus install solar panels and windmills that generate green electricity.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a work relief program that gave millions of young men employment on environmental projects during the Great Depression. Considered by many to be one of the most successful of Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, the CCC planted more than three billion trees and constructed trails and shelters in more than 800 parks nationwide during its nine years of existence. The CCC helped to shape the modern national and state park systems we enjoy today.

Here are more details on the new American Climate Corp from the New York Times:

Wanted: 20,000 Young Americans to Fight Climate Change – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Wanted: 20,000 Young Americans to Fight Climate Change

The White House plans to create an “American Climate Corps” that would train thousands of young people for green jobs.

Ali Zaidi, the White House climate adviser, at a climate rally outside the White House in April.Credit…Kenny Holston for The New York Times

Lisa Friedman

By Lisa Friedman

Sept. 20, 2023

President Biden intends to use executive authority to train and employ thousands of young people in jobs to fight global warming, Ali Zaidi, the White House national climate adviser, said on Tuesday.

The American Climate Corps, as the White House has named the organization, would provide young people with skills to work in wind and solar production, disaster preparedness and land conservation, Mr. Zaidi said. The White House expects about 20,000 recruits in the first year, he said.

While many programs that fall within the American Climate Corps may be geared toward young people, not all would have age limits, a White House spokeswoman said.

The administration would not say how much would be spent on the program, only that it would be a collaborative effort among the Labor, Interior, Agriculture and Energy Departments, AmeriCorps and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and would draw on existing funding at each agency.

The corps will create for young people a “pathway into the middle class and into a more sustainable future,” Mr. Zaidi said.

As an example, administration officials pointed to ForestCorp, a $15 million program announced this week by AmeriCorps and the U.S. Forest Service to teach 80 people, between the ages of 18 to 26, wildfire prevention, reforestation and other skills. The program will pay about $15 per hour and cover lodging and other benefits, according to a White House fact sheet.

Republicans have criticized the idea of a climate corps as government boondoggle that would fund pipeline protests with taxpayer dollars.

Inspired by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the New Deal program that put millions of young men to work during the Great Depression, young climate activists have been lobbying for the creation of a climate corps.

Varshini Prakash, the co-founder of the youth-led Sunrise Movement, which advocates for action against climate change, said the corps was a response to “a generational rallying cry” to employ young Americans “to do the essential work of averting a climate catastrophe.”

One of Mr. Biden’s first executive orders called for the creation of a modern civilian corps that would “mobilize the next generation of conservation and resilience workers and maximize the creation of accessible training opportunities and good jobs.”

Some Democrats in Congress sought about $30 billion for a climate corps as part of a sweeping clean energy law, but negotiators ultimately dropped the idea when finalizing the Inflation Reduction Act, which Mr. Biden signed last year.

Nevertheless, Democrats continued to pressure Mr. Biden to create a climate corps. “With deadly heat, dangerous floods, rising seas, and devastating wildfires — including those that ravaged Maui last month — the climate crisis demands a whole-of-government response at an unprecedented scale,” 50 members of Congress wrote in a letter to Mr. Biden this week.

The government will start a recruitment website for the American Climate Corps within months, Mr. Zaidi said.

Lisa Friedman reports on federal climate and environmental policy from Washington. She has broken multiple stories about the Trump administration’s efforts to repeal climate change regulations and limit the use of science in policymaking. More about Lisa Friedman

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