Biden’s “Civilian Climate Corps” Is Still Included In Spending Bill Proposal

Even though Joe Biden has cut away many heavily-larded parts of his “Build Back Better” budget reconciliation spending bill hoping that he will find a measure that can attract enough Democratic votes to pass, almost all that remains is still offensive freedom and private enterprise.

Staffing remains a grave concern for private businesses around the country as America struggles to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 10 million opened job positions at the end of August, even as more than 8 million Americans were unemployed. Rather than finding ways to encourage people to fill private-sector openings, Biden still has plans for a government army of climate activists as part of the proposed spending bill.

Businesses are trying to hire workers in every region of the country. Short-staffed supermarkets, gas stations, restaurants, and businesses are keen to hire fresh workers to meet demand.

Biden proposes $8 billion for his “Civilian Climate Corps,” a federal jobs program for young progressive activists. The administration has described the unclear mission of the corps as “conserving our public lands and waters” while advancing “environmental justice.” 

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) wrote an opinion column for Fox News this weekend that expresses his belief that the core mission of the proposed agency will be protesting construction projects that would secure domestic energy and industrial production.

Barrasso added that Democrats want to have taxpayers fund jobs for young people to protest against the energy production that our economy is dependent on. He stated that the idea behind the Climate Corps comes out of the “Green New Deal” promoted by self-described socialists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Green New Deal proposals have included jobs that start at $15 per hour and include childcare and education grants up to $25,000.

In addition to the Climate Corps, the spending bill provides $27 billion for a “climate fund” that could push billions in aid to climate alarmist groups. The chief of Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency would have discretion over how the funds would be distributed.

Barrasso argues that the Biden White House is adding pressure to already rampant inflation and a depressed labor force through government “work” programs like the Climate Corps. As a result, more young people will become ever more dependent on the government than develop basic job skills to support the American economy.