Joe Biden has created a workforce initiative called the American Climate Corps who will be responsible for carrying out the climate change agenda. The program promises “good-paying” jobs “aligned with high-quality employment opportunities after they complete their paid training or service program.” Over 20,000 youth will have an opportunity to apply within the first year. Some are comparing this to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps, but it is nothing of the sort.
FDR created the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 amid the Great Depression. The program provided 3 million jobs to young men between 18 and 25 and permitted them to work in America’s public forests, lands, and parks. The men were guaranteed three meals per day with lodging accommodations. They earned only $30 per month, but sent $25 home to their families. Nature, not climate, was preserved and these men were bordering on indentured servitude for the US government but everyone won due to the nature of the times.
The American Climate Corps is intended to push the Green New Deal and push the youth into newer and largely unnecessary industries. “The American Climate Corps will focus on equity and environmental justice – prioritizing communities traditionally left behind, including energy communities that powered our nation for generations, leveraging the talents of all members of our society, and prioritizing projects that help meet the Administration’s Justice40 goal,” the White House stated on its website. “Equity” is a keyword for the Biden Administration who also wants to prioritize jobs for “traditionally left behind” persons. All of these individuals will receive a government paycheck and pensions at a massive cost to taxpayers. Some estimates believe the program will require $132.5 billion in spending, but that’s just the beginning as they will continue to grow this unnecessary government-funded workforce.
Most of the men in FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps served in World War II after their service. They were not asking for handouts or burdening the taxpayer. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) were major supporters of this measure as they have been waiting for the Green New Deal to take place. Biden is attempting to lure the youth ahead of the election by promising “good-paying” entry-level jobs that align with the Build Back Better agenda.