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GOP turned 'anti-environment' for irrational 'culture war' against 'awakened' elite: NY Times Krugman

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New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argued that Republicans have turned their backs on the environment because the issue is now part of a “culture war” against the “awakened.”

The authors argue that conservative and Republican politicians are more likely to be on the climate change agenda, as the companies that drive the “awakening”—those that highlight issues about “race and social justice”—are also driving climate change initiatives. argued that the incentives to oppose have increased.

Krugman began a column reminiscing about a bygone era when even “the first Senator from Kentucky named Mitch McConnell” voted in 1990 to pass an amendment to the Clean Air Act of 1970. I was.

“But what’s really impressive from today’s perspective is the fact that the 1990 legislation passed Congress with an overwhelming bipartisan majority.”

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NYT columnist Paul Krugman has awakened the elite by arguing that the Republicans' lack of concern for the environment is inspired by their culture wars against environmentalism.

NYT columnist Paul Krugman has awakened the elite by arguing that the Republicans’ lack of concern for the environment is inspired by their culture wars against environmentalism.
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“Despite its name, the Curb Inflation Act is primarily a climate bill that aids health reforms, and it didn’t get a single Republican vote,” Krugman said, citing President Joe Biden. Mentioned the bill to be signed. Tuesday.

He said, “Today, the IRA is not a leftist plan to insert big government into everyone’s life. It does not force Americans to go green. Subsidies to promote low emission technologies and will probably create many new jobs.”

“So why the Scorched Earth Republican Opposition?” he asked before formulating his own hypothesis. “The immediate answer is that the Republican Party has become strongly anti-environmental over time. But why?”

Krugman presented a recent history of Republican environmental policy, arguing that in the 1990s, “the environmental views of would-be Republicans and Democrats didn’t change much.” Democrats have been open to environmental protections, but the “gap” between the two parties on these issues is “relatively small,” he added.

Krugman argued that it has now changed dramatically.

It was a recent change, and “has been happening since about 2008,” Krugman said, asking why. .

Krugman downplays the notion that “Republicans are simply pocketing fossil fuel interests,” saying that “energy companies like BP and Shell” have approved the Inflation Reduction Act, but no Republicans support it. do not have.

FILE - In this July 27, 2018 file photo, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the rising sun in Glen Rock, Wyo. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File).

FILE – In this July 27, 2018 file photo, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the rising sun in Glen Rock, Wyo. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File).

The columnist then wrote his paper, writing: I wonder why the environmental partisan divide became so widespread after America elected its first black president. “

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Krugman argued that it’s because the right people see environmental corporations as “awakened” and are encouraged to stand in their way. ‘ explained the idea. “Awakening usually means talking about racial and social justice, which on the right is increasingly defined by attempts to restrict the rights of all-white, non-Christian Americans, but that It has become a term of abuse.”

“Teaching students about the role of racism in American history is bad because it is waking up. That is clearly the case,” he added.

Closing the loose argument, Krugman said: (Climate science is a very global enterprise.)”

According to the author, this anti-awakening, anti-globalist attitude is so strong among the right that “even the Republicans who should know better will not break the party’s anti-scientific stance”. As governor, Mitt Romney had a decent environmental record, but joined all other Republican lawmakers who voted against the IRA,” Krugman wrote.

As such, he concludes:

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WASHINGTON DC - AUGUST 5: US Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) speaks at a press conference at the US Capitol on August 5, 2022 in Washington, DC. Schumer talked about the Inflation Reduction Act.  (Photo by Kevin Deitch/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON DC – AUGUST 5: US Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) speaks at a news conference at the US Capitol on August 5, 2022 in Washington, DC. Schumer talked about the Inflation Reduction Act. (Photo by Kevin Deitch/Getty Images)