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The “New Green Deal — or whatever the hell they call it” — remained in the news over the weekend. Speaking at the CPAC conference on Saturday (for 2.5 hours no less), President Trump said he “encourages it” and “thinks it’s really something” but “takes the other side of the argument” because he is “mandated to.”
Forty-two members of the Sunshine Movement were arrested for unlawfully demonstrating in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Monday, where they were urging him to support the Green New Deal (GND). Senator McConnell has refused to meet with the young protesters but has promised to bring the GND Resolution to a vote in the Senate as soon as later this week. The students came to Washington to present Senators with a petition of 100,000 signatures of GND supporters from around the country.
We worried that the Green New Deal might be like other environmental proposals — they make the news once or twice and then vanish. But the Green New Deal (GND) remains on the front pages and a topic of conversation that is getting attention widely and beyond the liberal elites.
For all of us “green” nerds who are fascinated by the politics of climate change, not to mention all those Democratic candidates for President, the Yale Program on Climate Communications has a great data visualization site that will provide endless hours of entertainment. Check out their partisan climate opinion survey results for 2018, and the […]
Senator Bernie Sanders threw his hat into the ring yesterday for the Democratic nomination, and he turned to climate change about halfway through his launch video, saying that he is “running for President because we need to make policy decisions based on science, not politics. We need a President who understands that climate change is real, is an existential threat to our country and the entire planet, and that we can generate massive job creation by transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy.”
Reuters reported yesterday that the Trump Administration had planned to open a new detention center at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas to house up to 7,500 unaccompanied migrant children, but the site may not be safe. Earthjustice issued a report yesterday in which it raised concerns with this site because the organization has identified fouSuperfund sites on base in proximity to the proposed housing site, including a former landfill, artillery range, fuel depot, and fire training areas. While some areas have been cleaned up not all have been remediated, thus Earthjustice argues in the report that more extensive testing is warranted to ensure the site is safe because the clean up may not have been sufficient to house children there.
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