Society & Community Sustainable Development Policies & Frameworks

New conservative climate plans in the US are neither conservative nor climate plans

Sustainable Development Policies & Frameworks

The newly designed climate change policy tries to reasonably address climate change but also does not offend any large bloc of the current conservative coalition, especially the financially supportive and fossil fuel blocs.

  • The Conservatives' climate plan is probably meant to provide the media and disengaged voters with an “other side” on climate policy, without endorsing anything that might upset the fossil fuel companies with which the party is aligned.
  • The plan has a focus on the following: capture CO2 emissions, trees, clean-energy innovation and funding conservation, with a focus on plastic.
  • Notably, the plan includes nothing about solar and wind power, which replace coal and natural gas; nothing about electric vehicles, which replace gasoline vehicles; nothing about efficient buildings or heat pumps, which replace natural gas furnaces; nothing about hydrogen, which can help replace fossil fuels in industrial processes.
  • The plan carefully avoids endorsing policies that directly go after emissions, such as a carbon tax or pollution regulations. It avoids setting any particular targets for emission reductions.