Dems Can’t Agree on How to Keep Racism Out of the Biggest Climate Jobs Program in History

Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) speaking at a press conference on the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps on July 20, 2021.Michael Brochstein/Sipa via AP Images

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The Civilian Climate Corps had been a progressive pipe dream when delegates from President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaigns convened to discuss policy last summer.

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Dems Can’t Agree on How to Keep Racism Out of the Biggest Climate Jobs Program in History

Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) speaking at a press conference on the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps on July 20, 2021.Michael Brochstein/Sipa via AP Images

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The Civilian Climate Corps had been a progressive pipe dream when delegates from President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaigns convened to discuss policy last summer.

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Infrastructure Summer: Why Prioritize the Civilian Climate Corps?

When the bipartisan infrastructure framework released, it was easy to see why climate activists would be alarmed. The bipartisan plan was to deal with the so-called “hard” infrastructure elements, and climate-related initiatives were severely minimized within it. The second bill was supposed to bring in the social spending on things like education and the care economy, similar to what’s laid out in the American Families Plan. Especially because every Democrat will be needed for the reconciliation package, including climate-unfriendly types like Sen.

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Here’s What a Civilian Climate Corps Might Look Like

New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps.Uncredited/AP

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This story was originally published by HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
It’s December 2025, the end of a difficult year. Just a few months earlier, a massive hurricane destroyed dozens of homes in your town, even killed a few of your neighbors. Your house was fine, but you lost power for weeks.

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A New Deal Jobs Program Returns in Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt established an “alphabet soup” of programs to hire Americans and lift families out of poverty. One of the most popular was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which ran from 1933 to 1942. Over its lifetime, the corps employed three million men, planted three billion trees, built 125,000 miles of roads, erected much of our national park infrastructure, and fought forest fires. The program married improving the environment with putting Americans to work.
In Pennsylvania, there were more CCC camps than in any other state, save California.

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The Plague Prophets

Plenty of art has and will be made about the era of Covid-19. But some artists seemingly saw this plague year coming long before it arrived. Their films and novels seemed to foreshadow what life over the past year would be like: Quarantine. Social distancing. Feeling like you want to sleep through it all. Feeling like you’re stuck in a time loop. The fear of infection. The spread of misinformation. The politicization of public health. And much, much more.

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The Plague Prophets

Plenty of art has and will be made about the era of Covid-19. But some artists seemingly saw this plague year coming long before it arrived. Their films and novels seemed to foreshadow what life over the past year would be like: Quarantine. Social distancing. Feeling like you want to sleep through it all. Feeling like you’re stuck in a time loop. The fear of infection. The spread of misinformation. The politicization of public health. And much, much more.

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The Left’s Answer to Trump Is 6 Foot 8 and Wears Shorts in February

As Fetterman continues his Senate campaign, the shotgun episode is inevitably going to be part of many Americans’ introduction to him. When I started making calls for this story, one Democrat after another brought up what had happened with Miyares. One soon texted me a PDF of the police report.
Despite his worries going into our conversation, Fetterman snipped at me only once, when I asked how long he’d had the shotgun: “Not really sure why that’s relevant,” he said, explaining that he’d bought it a year earlier to protect his home.

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Facebook’s Moderators Took Down the Tech Giant’s Own Pro-Equality Ads

Just weeks after Facebook purged its own Black History Month ads by mistake, Women’s History Month ads are also being flagged and deleted.
Though the tech giant received media praise for its “refreshing” Black History Month content, it was one of dozens of advertisers that saw its ad campaigns about Black history removed from the social network in February. Among the others were a Fortune 500 energy company, the Chicago Bulls, the city government of Denver, a church, a grade school, health-care providers, a book store, universities, and history museums.

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Facebook’s Moderators Took Down the Tech Giant’s Own Pro-Equality Ads

Just weeks after Facebook purged its own Black History Month ads by mistake, Women’s History Month ads are also being flagged and deleted.
Though the tech giant received media praise for its “refreshing” Black History Month content, it was one of dozens of advertisers that saw its ad campaigns about Black history removed from the social network in February. Among the others were a Fortune 500 energy company, the Chicago Bulls, the city government of Denver, a church, a grade school, health-care providers, a book store, universities, and history museums.

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