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With a healthy dose of both optimism and realism, Andrew Yang rolled out an ambitious plan to spend $5T over 20 years to combat climate change and get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2049 using the slogan “Lower Emissions, Higher Ground” to sum up his approach.
The plan begins with the words “It’s Worse Than You Think” and “Our Planet Is a Mess,” and ends with the call to action “Let’s Go, America.”
While the plan is ambitious and pays homage to the Green New Deal for “sparking a conversation,” it also calls for a new wave of nuclear power development, funding to literally move communities that are in harm’s way and better prepare others for climate change, as well as a constitutional amendment to ensure environmental sustainability is required by states and the federal government.
Why This Matters: Yang’s plan is an interesting mix of public funding and private incentives to lower emissions and he is not afraid to suggest unconventional approaches like deploying mirrors in space to deflect the sun’s rays and controversial ones like developing a new wave of nuclear plants by 2027. It also reads differently than those that have been offered by career politicians — there are no references to current environmental laws or programs or even historical ones like the Civilian Conservation Corps — and thus it is very clear and easy for voters to understand. And his straight talk about the fact that we are ten years behind in dealing with climate change also gives him some credibility with most Democrats who see climate as a dire emergency. The question really is whether someone with no experience in government can pull off something this big. And whether mainstream Democrats are ready to embrace new taxes and nuclear power in a big way. We can’t wait to dig into this deeper with him at our Climate Forum on September 19-20! The Dems certainly are providing a stark contrast to the President who did not even bother to show up to yesterday’s G-7 meeting on climate change.
“Build a sustainable economy by transitioning away from fossil fuels to renewable energy, upgrading our infrastructure, and improving the way we farm and use land. Public financing options will allow individuals to make the right decisions for their families.”
“Build a sustainable world. The United States, throughout history, has led the world in times of crisis. We’re the most entrepreneurial country in the history of the world. It’s time to activate the American imagination and work ethic to provide the innovation and technology that will power the rest of the world.”
“Move our people to higher ground. Natural disasters and other effects of climate change are already causing damage and death. We need to adapt our country to this new reality.”
“Reverse the damage we’ve done. Research needs to be done on removing carbon from our atmosphere, cooling the planet and rejuvenating ecosystems.”
“Hold future administrations accountable. We need to pass a constitutional amendment that creates a duty on the federal and state governments to be stewards for the environment.”
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It’s spring in Paris, they are still struggling with COVID, and yet thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Paris and numerous other French cities to protest climate change. The French legislature is considering a law to impose tougher measures to combat climate change, but many believe the proposals are not sufficient and so they staged marches in Nancy, Toulouse, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, as seen in social media posts.
Why This Matters: Because of the Paris Agreement, France is associated with climate change progress.
As California’s drought conditions are worsening, Nestle is pumping millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino forest. State water officials have drafted a cease-and-desist order to force the company to stop overpumping from Strawberry Creek, which provides drinking water for about 750,000 people.
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