The midterms delivered a major blow to prospects for the success of any climate legislation, no matter how incremental in scope. For instance: instead of being represented by Joe Sestak in Congress—a strong advocate of climate action and comprehensive energy reform—Pennsylvania will have Patrick Toomey, who thinks it’s doubtful that humans caused climate change, and says that cap and trade legislation will cost his state “tens of thousands of jobs.” He’s also publicly blamed climate legislation for wrecking the economy, despite the fact that no legislation addressing climate change has been passed yet.
As Sestak knew, climate legislation would in fact create tens of thousands of green jobs in Pennsylvania over the long term—over 70,000, according to projections from academics at Yale, the University of Illinois and the University of California.
Sestak also argued that Toomey’s concern for the livelihoods of working people is disingenuous, considering his close ties with Wall Street and corporate lobbyists. "Congressman Toomey will always side with big business, Wall Street, big corporations,” said Sestak during his campaign. “Recklessness is what causes joblessness." Toomey was the head of the Club for Growth, the influential “billionaire boy’s club” that funds candidates who favor tax cuts and unregulated markets.
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