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If Biden gives up on climate, it's a white flag for the planet

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By Mike Tidwell

At one point in Al Gore's seminal 2006 film "An Inconvenient Truth," the former vice president laments that his tobacco-farming parents didn't stop raising tobacco until after their beloved daughter Nancy died of lung cancer in Tennessee.

"It's just human nature to take time to connect the dots," Gore says in the film. "But … there can be a day of reckoning when you wish you had connected the dots more quickly."

All these years later, many anxious Americans hope President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have fully connected the dots ― politically and morally ― on climate change. As Gore suggests in the film, global warming is our planet's own late-stage disease. Terminal consequences are all but guaranteed unless we apply shock treatment now.

And yet Biden and Schumer still have not figured out a way to unlock $550 billion in climate "medicine" sitting on the negotiation table in the U.S. Senate. The spending, part of a possible budget reconciliation deal, would transform our nation with massive tax credits for wind and solar power, money to decarbonize transportation, and funding for a Civilian Climate Corps, among other investments.

God knows getting 50 votes for........

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