Biden's 'Building Back Better' Is a Fable

Biden's 'Building Back Better' Is a Fable
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Not letting a crisis go to waste, climate change advocates have seized on COVID-19 to press their agenda to decarbonize the American economy. The World Health Organization would have us believe that the pathogen’s emergence is linked to fossil fuels, though Chinese authorities have banned investigators from visiting the source of the virus in Wuhan. The Green New Deal overlaps “so perfectly” with the coronavirus, says Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And Larry Fink, CEO of the world’s largest asset manager and likely Treasury Secretary in a Biden administration, views environmental sustainability and COVID-19 as “one and the same,” representing “huge physical changes in our lives.”

Democrats have seized on this fable. The pandemic demands unprecedented, transformational federal investment in “resilient, sustainable, and inclusive infrastructure,” their 2020 platform declares. “We can, and we will, deal with climate change. It’s not only a crisis, it’s an enormous opportunity,” Joe Biden said in his acceptance speech. “We’ll not only build it back, we’ll build it back better.”

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