Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst blasts Biden-Harris ticket during GOP convention for being ‘hostile to farmers’

Sen. Joni Ernst on Wednesday blasted the Biden-Harris ticket during the third night of the Republican National Convention, slamming the 2020 Democratic nominees for being “hostile to farmers.”

“I can’t recall an administration more hostile to farmers than the Obama-Biden administration,” Ernst said. “Unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket.”


Ernst, R-Iowa, claimed that should Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., are elected, they would “essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars.”

She added that a Biden-Harris administration was one that was for “liberal coastal elites and radical environmentalists,” and she praised President Trump, and said farmers “have an ally in the White House.”

Ernst, in her short speech Wednesday night, touched on Biden’s support of the Green New Deal, a sweeping proposal introduced in Congress last year that aims to transform the country’s economy to combat climate change while enacting a host of new welfare programs.


Biden, last year, unveiled a wide-ranging plan to combat climate change, which used the Green New Deal as a framework.

The Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution & Environmental Justice’ is $1.7 trillion over the next 10 years. Biden’s campaign said last year this would be supplemented by leveraging more than $5 trillion in additional private sector and state and local government investments. Biden’s plan is considerably less expensive than the Green New Deal itself, for which cost estimates range as high as $93 trillion.

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Ernst and Young report lists regional economies worst hit by COVID-19, suggests conservation and land management stimulus

A report has identified Australia’s local government areas worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic and modelled the impact of green stimulus measures, saying they could create 50,000 jobs nationally over four years.

Tourist hotspots like Port Douglas in Queensland, Spring Bay in Tasmania, the Snowy Monaro region in New South Wales as well as Coober Pedy and Kangaroo Island in South Australia were marked as some of the areas hit hardest in the nation.

Shark Bay and Broome in Western Australia, and the Surf and Bass Coasts in Victoria were also found to be feeling the pinch.

The Ernst and Young (EY) report modelled the effect of a scalable government stimulus investment of between $500 million and $4 billion.

It found funding geographically targeted landcare and conservation programs could raise economic output by up to $5.7 billion while avoiding up to $620 million in welfare costs.

The report, titled Delivering economic stimulus through the conservation and land management sector, found even a lower-end $500 million “impulse” spend on worst-hit zones could avoid an extra $80 million spent on JobKeeper.

Jobs funded under the proposed stimulus package could include the management of environmental threats through pest control, funding for Indigenous rangers, as well as native revegetation programs, building fences, repairing infrastructure after bushfires, and for local councils.

The report noted a key strength of this type of investment:

“The ability to temporarily transfer workers who have lost their job into different industries may prevent displacement of people to other regions.”

The proposed jobs were also noted as being largely COVID-safe because of their physical nature.

The report estimated nearly 70 per cent of the roles in such a program could employ workers with no experience in the conservation and landcare sector.

Chief executive of the National Landcare Network Jim Adams said the report showed the spending could help regional communities.

“The labour-intensive nature of the work, combined with low capital costs, results in a high proportion of investment flowing to the employees and contractors delivering the work and, in turn, to their families and businesses in their local community,” he said.

A collection of landcare and environmental groups commissioned EY to independently assess the proposed stimulus, on behalf of 70 farming and conservation organisations, including the National Farmers Federation (NFF) and Conservation Council, who backed the plan.

‘Hotels, pubs hit hardest’

Jayden Hay, an IT worker in Coober Pedy, said he had seen a huge drop in his work since the pandemic and he was not the only one.

A man stands in front of a desert landscape.
Many of Jayden’s clients are local Coober Pedy businesses.(Supplied.)

“Hotels and pubs; those have been hit the hardest and the work hasn’t been very steady.”

Mr Hay said he thought many people in the town would jump at the opportunity for paid work, even if they had not worked in landcare before.

The Federal Government says it is open to considering the measures.

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