President Joe Biden recently unveiled a proposed $6 trillion budget next year that would greatly ramp up domestic spending while purportedly raising taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
The budget proposal also includes more than $36 billion to fight “global climate change,” an increase of more than $14 billion compared with 2021.
The Hill reported that Biden’s discretionary funding request for fiscal 2022 nixed all funding for a border wall, including unused funds previously allocated to the project.
U.S. House Rep Andy Biggs (R-AZ) combined those stories in a tweet where he slammed the proposed budget.
“Biden’s budget includes no additional DHS funding to the border wall, but highlights efforts to ‘combat climate change,'” Biggs said in the tweet, adding, “Climate activism has no place in our national security efforts.”
Biden’s budget includes no additional DHS funding to the border wall, but highlights efforts to “combat climate change”.— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) May 28, 2021
Climate activism has no place in our national security efforts.
The widespread funding for climate change issues would move forward the president’s vow to slash U.S. carbon emissions in half by 2030 and put the economy on a path to carbon neutrality by mid-century.
Biden’s main spending areas on climate include:
- $10 billion for clean energy innovation
- $7 billion for NOAA research
- $6.5 billion for rural clean energy storage, transmission projects
- $4 billion for advancing climate research
- $3.6 billion for water infrastructure
- $1.7 billion for retrofitting homes and federal buildings
- $1.4 billion for environmental justice initiatives
Climate change is “an opportunity to create new industries and good-paying jobs with a free and fair choice to join a union, revitalize America’s energy communities and the economy, and position America as the world’s clean energy superpower,” the White House proposal released on Friday said.
In an effort to decarbonize the electricity sector by 2035, the budget calls for $2 billion to employ welders, electricians and other laborers on clean energy projects across the U.S. It also includes $580 million to remediate abandoned oil and gas wells and reclaim old mines.
The budget calls for $815 million to incorporate climate change risk in disaster planning and includes more than $1.2 billion above 2021 levels to boost U.S. resilience to more frequent and intense climate disasters like wildfires, floods and drought.
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