Biden’s Handling of Climate Change is Losing Him Rural Voters

The drought in California left rice farmers with much to be desired, one of which was Rachel Quach. Her rice harvest this year was disappointing, to say the least, with inadequate water supply being the main culprit.

This left almost 200 acres of her land completely empty, allowing her to reap only 75 acres of the rice she sowed this year, a stark contrast to the harvests she had before the Biden administration was in charge of handling crises like these.

Big city Democrats take priority, it seems

Communities across the country were hit with climate change.

In spite of it all, rural voters often feel a disconnect between them and their leaders, which they argue aren’t in their corner when it comes to how the issue is talked about and how it’s actually experienced in rural communities.

Biden’s infamous “Inflation Reduction Act” also included several mass-scale investments focused on reducing emissions. Seeing as the act will be embarrassingly ineffective on the inflation front, there’s little to expect when it comes to handling climate change.

This is likely why less than half of voters across the nation approve of Biden’s handling of the growing issue, with the numbers highlighting that only four in 10 rural voters are in support of the president.

Many would argue the difference between urban and rural environments is driven by a partisan split between the commonly blue cities and the red countryside, but that has been proven to be categorically untrue.

$375 billion for climate change has to be a joke

Surprisingly enough, the divide exists within the Republican Party as much as it does among the Democrats. 27% of Republicans from urban environments actually are on board with Biden’s climate leadership, whereas only 14% of small-town Republicans feel the same.

The executive director of the Rural Democracy Initiative, Sarah Jaynes, believes the divide has a lot to do with how the message is carried across to these voters, most of which don’t believe the Democrats are fighting for their communities.

She argues this stems from a growing trend where people are hesitant to show support for Democrats in rural communities at the time.

Nebraska’s Center for Rural Affairs is an organization with a strong focus on developing rural communities. Its policy director, Jonathan Hladik, believes the nature of the work done by rural communities is what makes it difficult for them to see things on a global scale.

Farmers experience climate change differently than most urban people do; it makes its way through every part of their work throughout the year, turning it into a day-to-day battle against the elements.

Unfortunately, Biden’s IRA spending and investments are far too convoluted to be effective or even understood by the average American; unless some drastic changes are made to the act, he’ll soon be fighting a losing battle of his own.