What really struck me about Trump’s RNC speech, Janet Redman told the Real News Network, is that he’s presenting himself as the “law and order president” — increased security against immigrants, defeating the barbarians of ISIS — and the concept of Americanism over globalism.

He didn’t talk much about climate, which, Redman said, might be a good thing since he has been a vocal climate change denier, except in the cases where it affects his real estate.

But during her campaign, Hillary Clinton has been missing an opportunity to be the candidate advocating for climate justice, according to Redman. Clinton has talked about closing down mines and mine workers having to lose their jobs, “and the way she said it was callous, without a broader framework of a just and fair transition,” that could be achieved by putting economic anchors in place to protect the workers who might lose their jobs, Redman said.

Clinton’s framing of the transition away from the fossil fuel industry as a threat to jobs plays into Trump’s pro-coal rhetoric “that there’s no way to do this without the collapse of an entire sector,” Redman said.

The Democratic party platform, Redman explained, has strong components, like protecting those who are hit first and worst by the damaging effects of climate change. They’d be smart to include that climate justice analysis to the DNC, Redman said, for example, addressing the lead water crisis in Flint as a climate justice issue that deals with systemic racism, poverty, and pollution.

“There’s a real opportunity right now to link the economic justice, racial justice, and environmental justice issues that would would actually help us move forward on these issues and galvanize a broader audience that is really being left out of the RNC,” Redman said.

Janet Redman directs the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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