In a new National Journal piece, Josh Kraushaar writes about Democrats’ problem with environmentalists.
More from Kraushaar:
Let me offer a piece of unsolicited advice, one that Democratic strategists have discussed privately but are reticent to promote publicly for fear of alienating green activists. Taking a more moderate stand on energy policy—whether it’s supporting the Keystone XL pipeline, championing the fracking boom that’s transforming regional economies, or simply sounding a more skeptical note on the Obama administration’s litany of environmental regulations—would do wonders for the Democratic Party’s ability to compete for the working-class voters who have drifted away from the party.
Kraushaar also notes that Democrats face a wave of pro-energy voters in 2018:
The party’s exposure is even greater in 2018. There are seven Democratic senators up for reelection in the Rust Belt, with an eighth (Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota) representing an energy-rich Plains state. Trump carried seven of the eight states, and came within one point of winning deep-blue Minnesota. If Democrats continue to raise holy hell on climate change but sound uninterested in promoting energy jobs, Trump will have a ready-made issue to exploit over the next two years.
Now, the Environmentalist Left has no plans to let Democrats take a “moderate stand.”
If anything since the election is clear, the Environmentalist Left will let no Democrat be “moderate” on energy. At least, without paying a price.