As President Biden plans a global summit this week to tackle climate change, two wings of the president’s coalition — clean energy and labor — made it clear yesterday that although they’re aligned on major parts of the White House’s green energy plans, they diverge sharply on others.
Both groups are critical to Biden’s political success and agree that his infrastructure plan and any resulting legislation should be designed to encourage union labor and local jobs. The two sides also agree it’s a priority to bring manufacturing back to American shores, including heavy industry like steel, and that there is a role for capturing carbon emissions.
But they have very different visions on the role of renewable energy. Clean energy advocates see it as central, while unions