BROOKLYN, NY: August 18, 2020—The Climate Mobilization, a group pushing for a national mobilization to restore our planet to a safe climate, issued the following statement regarding the Democratic National Committee’s last-minute decision to drop a key plank to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies from party’s official platform language.
“The real problem here is that it took an accident for the DNC to tell the truth — that eliminating subsidies to fossil fuels is actually a consensus policy position. Now they want to go against their soon-to-be nominees for President and Vice President and capitulate to the fossil fuel industry,” said Matt Renner, Executive Director of The Climate Mobilization
“We must go even further and actually mandate a managed decline of fossil fuels, including a justice-based transition to family-supporting jobs for communities and workers whose livelihoods currently depend on the fossil fuel industry” Renner added.
“Democratic support for a dying industry cannot continue if we are going to avoid climate breakdown,” said Laura Berry, The Climate Mobilization’s Research and Policy Director. “The DNC platform is out of step with the commitments from their own leadership — Biden and Harris have both made clear statements on the need to end government subsidies for fossil fuels. This is an opportunity for Biden and Harris to show which side they are actually on — will they capitulate to corporate donors and fossil fuel interests, or are they going to lead us towards a clean energy future?”
Polling from Third Way, a conservative think tank linked to the Democratic Party, found that 56% of rural voters support or strongly support ending fossil fuel subsidies, rising to 60% among rural voters who voted for Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016.
The amendment, calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies, was apparently added to the platform along with other non-controversial changes, and approved by platform committee vote. Then a DNC spokesperson told the Huffington Post that the amendment was “incorrectly included in the Manager’s Mark” and taken out “after the error was discovered.”