Last week, the Republican Members of Congress met at their annual policy conference and emerged from the meeting hoping the Green New Deal (GND) is a major issue in the 2020 election cycle because they think it is a winner for them. According to E&E News, their leadership is convinced that their best strategy for retaking […]Continue Reading 404 words
On Tuesday, moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives, led by Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey, announced at a press conference that they will develop a “concrete” new climate proposal as an alternative to the Green New Deal, with a goal of achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2050. While it is not clear what will be in the “concrete” proposal, the lawmakers promised to consult with stakeholders in developing it, and it is less ambitious than the Green New Deal, which sets a goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2030. The Green New Deal already has garnered 94 supporters in the House and has the support of all the leading Democratic candidates for President.Continue Reading 536 words
The Green New Deal has been labeled as an ultra-liberal (even socialist) policy proposal that has no shot of winning over voters in more conservative districts. However, in the past week, the resolution has picked up three important Christian endorsements. As the Huffington Post reported the Unitarian Universalist Association passed a resolution at its general […]Continue Reading 405 words
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Late last week the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a labor union representing almost 1.9 million workers, passed a resolution in support of the Green New Deal. This is significant because SEIU is the first national union to officially endorse the draft legislation at a time when most unions have been quick to come out […]Continue Reading 711 words
The New York Times reported on a new study published last week that found that older people are “significant contributors” to climate change because energy consumption increases with a person’s age, but also have experienced observable climate changes in their lifetimes. Meanwhile, The Washington Post found that many state and local politicians are putting the Green New Deal (GND) label on their own proposals to halt the climate crisis because the GND is so popular with young voters, even though the Sunrise Movement (the youth organization whose protests sparked the proposal) often pushes back on these proposals saying they don’t go far enough.Continue Reading 424 words
Today the outline of the Green New Deal (GND) was filled in a bit more when Senator Ed Markey, the lead GND sponsor in the Senate, released an infrastructure white paper for a “green and climate-friendly infrastructure legislative package” because “[c]limate change has amplified existing threats to America’s infrastructure.”Continue Reading 436 words
The Sunrise Movement held its biggest and highest profile event yet on its Green New Deal (GND) tour, packing the house at Howard University in Washington, with appearances by its high profile backers Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, the original cosponsors of the GND, and Senator Bernie Sanders. Fossil fuel companies and “conservatives in both parties who favor a middle ground” were proclaimed the enemies of the movement by speaker after speaker.Continue Reading 574 words
It was Green Day in California on Monday because, in addition to Beto O’Roarke’s climate policy rollout, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, announced a Green New Deal for Los Angeles — a bold plan to deal with carbon emissions in the city, with particular focus on green buildings and zero-emission cars, which would remake the city which is known for both its traffic and its smog.Continue Reading 371 words
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Spain held Parliamentary elections yesterday, and though no party won a majority, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, or PSOE, and current Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will win the largest percentage of the vote running on a progressive platform, of which an “ecological transition” that closely resembles the Green New Deal was a major plank.
The Intercept explained that Spain’s version of the Green New Deal includes:reducing emissions by 90 percent below 1990 levels by mid-century and generating all of the country’s power from renewables along the same timeline; mandating 74 percent of power to come from renewables by 2030;banning fracking nationwide, eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and government investments in fossil fuels, and phasing out fossil-fueled vehicles, with the aim of banning the registration and sale of carbon-emitting vehicles by 2040.Continue Reading 496 words
The debate around climate change is increasingly falling into two lines of argument — one around the Green New Deal and the economy and another around climate change as an existential threat to our national security.Continue Reading 652 words
By Monica Medina The hearing this week before the House Reform and Oversight Committee on the national security implications of climate change was an eye-opener. The goal of the hearing was to be non-partisan, with one Republican and one Democrat witness – both former Senators and members of the National Security team. But the Republicans […]Continue Reading 982 words
The House Committee on Government Oversight held the first in a series of hearings on climate change, with former Democratic Secretary of State John Kerry and Republican former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel both testifying that climate change presents “threat multiplying” security risks, and that intelligence and national security leaders of the last four Administrations (including President Trump’s current Director of National Intelligence and Secretary of Defense) have all been in agreement on this key point.Continue Reading 660 words