Climate Hawks Vote: Can the Democrats PLEASE have an open platform process?

  • Published on July 6th, 2020

Hey folk, y’all listening? I want to talk about @TheDemocrats platform drafting process, sorta flying under the radar, and some climate specific things in it.

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By RL Miller
Climate Hawks Vote

(This is an unroll of a twitter thread posted by @RL_MILLER in respose to DNC actions described in our article, “Watch live NOW as the DNC Platform Drafting Committee holds open meetings online!)

Quick background on the platform drafting process… well, read my thread from Monday. Hasn’t been covered in any mainstream outlet yet. [But posted here at RGB: Climate Hawks Vote – RL Miller calls on DNC Platform Committee to allow public input]

As a DNC member-elect, I got an email at 9:25 AM West Coast time, informing me of hearings beginning at 5 PM Eastern/ 2 PM West Coast time, i.e., 4.5 hours away.

To make matters worse, platform hearings will NOT BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! They will be broadcast on YouTube., aka 4chanlite, the place where it’s political malpractice to allow comments. No zoom calls. Not even a pretense of a shred of open hearings. No listening to Democrats.

This sham of a “public hearing” is highly choreographed.

Platform hearings to date have been to genuine participatory democracy what Opening Night at the New York City Ballet production of Swan Lake is to joyous spontaneous dance.

Ok. On to the substance. Yesterday, IBEW person Austin Keyser testified on something new called the Labor Energy Partnership. Followed by fluffy questions from Richard Trumka of AFL-CIO, and Stuart Appelbaum of murdered-the-DNC-climate-debate fame. And the Labor Energy Partnership is the worst thing on climate I’ve ever read from a Democrat. Period. full stop. Here it is.

The Labor Energy Partnership has some of the most anti-climate Democratic actors/ orgs: Ernest Moniz, IBEW, and United Mine Workers.

And gushing over it took up 11 minutes of a 3 hour hearing.

So what’s in this LEP into the abyss?

  • Carbon capture.
  • Nuclear power.
  • Natural gas.
  • Mining.
  • “Carbon dioxide removal at scale.” 

Read it:

On a positive note: Energy efficiency in buildings, and development of offshore wind. But nothing about solar. Nothing about onshore wind. Nothing about microgrids.

Nothing, at all, about frontline communities, or persons of color who need to breathe, or an acknowledgment of environmental justice. That’s damning in 2020. Utterly unacceptable.

Instead, we have a return to 2008 “all of the above” energy policy.

Seems to me that it would lock in climate catastrophe for eons, but hey. I’m not a policy expert. Calling smart people like @leahstokes@drvox@DoctorVive, and more to dive into this Labor Energy Partnership.

Now, this is the point where some fierce climate hawks gnash their talons and smash their beaks and wonder why even bother with the Democratic Party???

Instead, I believe in finding hope and finding a a way to fix things. So, TODAY @MDeatrick of the @DNCClimate council will testify on a much better plan to create jobs and fix the climate. And she’ll be testifying alongside newly minted progressive rock star ! and we’ll hear a meaningful addition to #DNCClimatePlatform!

#protip: you can also become a grassroots endorser #DNCClimatePlatform

More on our coverage of the DNC Climate Platform:

I genuinely don’t understand how the DNC will reconcile horrid Labor Energy Partnership to frack it all with bold plan to get us to net zero by 2040.

But hey, I’m just a DNC member-elect, no one tells me anything.

About the Author

The chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller also runs Climate Hawks Vote, which backs candidates for office who are serious about taking action on climate change.

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