Trump tipped to challenge Biden AGAIN as Dems rebel over ‘failure’ of key policy promise | Science | Messages

Since his election in January last year, US President Joe Biden has struggled to live up to many of the key campaign promises he made on climate change. On his first day in office, Mr. Biden unilaterally rejoined the Paris Agreement. He then outlined a detailed plan to bring the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases in history to net-zero emissions.

Those plans, bundled into a massive $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” infrastructure bill, have met with fierce opposition from both Republicans, many of whom are climate deniers, and moderate Democrats like Senator Joe Manchin.

Professor Thomas Gift of University College London believed Mr Biden’s climate ambitions were doomed.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “It’s hard to imagine a progressive being a resounding success given Joe Biden’s climate agenda.

“On the other hand, wasn’t that always inevitable?


“There just isn’t an appetite on Capitol Hill — especially among Republicans, but also among moderate Democrats like Joe Manchin — for the kind of sweeping environmental legislation that many activists want.

dr Gift warned that if Mr. Biden and Democrats had any hope of meaningful progress, they would have to “water down” their goals and “accept defeat” on other non-climate priorities like child tax credits, health care and tax reform.

He also believed that former President Donald Trump, who lost to Mr. Biden in 2020, will run for the presidency again in 2024.

He said: “While nothing is 100 percent, Trump must be viewed as an impossible favorite to receive the Republican nomination in 2024.

“Everything he’s doing right now – holding rallies, launching his own social media platform, putting out press releases – shows he cares.

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dr Gift said: “The Democratic Party is currently very divided between the progressive wing and the moderate wing.

“Even if moderates are open to a reduced bill, it’s unclear whether progressives would then support it, as they may feel other provisions, some climate-related, will be abandoned.”

“Moderates like Joe Manchin are very influential, they dictated the agenda as much as Joe Biden.”

“I don’t think there’s an appetite for really ambitious infrastructure bills right now, especially with inflation, debt and Joe Biden’s falling poll numbers.”

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Given all of these factors, Dr. Poison that Mr Biden’s party will do poorly in the 2022 midterm elections, due in November.

He said: “Democrats are not expected to do well in the midterm elections.

“There are many reasons for this – ongoing challenges with COVID, foreign policy failures with Afghanistan, inflation.

“On the Democratic side at least, the fact that Joe Biden hasn’t been able to push through Build Back better, the fact that he hasn’t pushed through a more progressive climate agenda could depress voter turnout, particularly among progressives, who may not be as well excited to participate in the elections during the interim periods given the disappointments with this government.”

while dr Gift believed it was too early to make predictions for the 2024 presidential election, he believed Mr Trump was biding his time and would likely try to make another attempt.

He said: “For Trump, the longer he waits to explain, the more he can freeze any potential competition and build excitement for his campaign.

“While I don’t expect Trump to get in the race early, it’s hard to imagine him missing the chance of another White House bid.”

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