Climate hawks join debate over Ukraine

None of this loosens the political vice in which the White House finds itself. JP Morgan bank predicted that oil prices could jump more ...


None of this loosens the political vice in which the White House finds itself. JP Morgan bank predicted that oil prices could jump more than 30% – reaching as high as $185 a barrel – if buyers continue to avoid Russian oil, ban or no ban. And Republicans aren’t likely to cut a break from Biden if and when that happens.

Politically, high oil prices are a nightmare. They make it difficult for Democrats to promote their handling of the economy, as they have to temper any bragging about the rapid job and GDP growth under their watch with expressions of concern for the genuine pinch that many Americans feel.

Climate hawks offer a way out of this impasse: Democrats should portray themselves as the party of the future, not the past, they say. This means unabashedly embracing new technologies like electric vehicles while presenting oil as yesterday’s energy solution.

“Instead of ‘Drill, baby, drill,’ voters should hear, ‘Plug in, baby, plug in,'” Markey said.

And he rejects the advice some experts offered Biden: a Jimmy Carter call for national sacrifice in times of crisis abroad.

“We are not calling for sacrifice; we call for innovation,” he said.

Tom Matzzie, a former Washington campaign manager for MoveOn.org, who now runs a company that builds solar farmssuggested Biden go after the oil companies, emphasizing their ties to Russia and investigating any “war profiteering” they might be committing.

“They’re trying to take advantage of the situation in Ukraine and pretend they have a solution when they don’t,” Matzzie said, of companies that are appeal to Biden to repeal a moratorium on drilling on federal lands.

Others worry that high oil prices will push Americans to embrace fossil fuels just when they should be moving away from them as quickly as possible. Faced with the prospect of a disastrous midterm, Democrats could follow suit.



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