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The Senate was unable to agree on a bipartisan stimulus bill yesterday — negotiations apparently stalled because, among other things, the Democrats demanded that bailouts for airlines be conditioned on their lowering their emissions and that tax credits for wind and solar projects be extended. Senate Majority Leader McConnell angrily complained that the “Democrats won’t let us fund hospitals or save small businesses until they get to dust off the Green New Deal,” arguing that these “green” provisions have “have nothing to do with the coronavirus outbreak.”
Why This Matters: After delaying immediate economic relief and adjourning the Senate over the weekend ten days ago, now Senator McConnell seems in a rush to give billions to corporations while leaving workers and the environment out of the deal. But these green provisions the Dems are demanding will boost the economy and are only a downpayment on what is needed going forward. A bold $2 trillion “Green Stimulus” proposal emerged on Medium with detailed proposals across eight pillars: housing and civic infrastructure; labor and manufacturing; energy workers and infrastructure; agriculture and rural communities; green infrastructure and public lands; regulations, innovation, and public investment; transportation; and foreign policy.
The authors of the detailed Green Stimulus proposal maintain that this is the time to do “all the preparatory work now to make green projects ‘shovel ready.’” They hope to stimulate a virtual public comment period using “online channels, including public debate and consultation,” to “ensure that physical projects can commence as soon as it is feasible to restart major in-person work across the economy.” The authors argue that their proposal would create “millions of family-sustaining green jobs, lifts standards of living, accelerates a just transition off fossil fuels, ensures a controlling stake for the public in all private sector bailout plans, and helps make our society and economy stronger and more resilient in the face of pandemic, recession, and climate emergency in the years ahead.”
To Go Deeper: Read the Green Stimulus proposal in full by clicking here.
What You Can Do: Sign on to support the Green Stimulus proposal by clicking here.
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The White House is considering new clean energy strategies for President Biden’s budget package to potentially replace measures blocked by coal-state Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The administration is considering an expansion of grants and loans for agricultural and industrial businesses to help them transition to cleaner energy, […]
While Senator Joe Manchin leads the opposition to climate provisions in President Biden’s budget bill, his own state is the most exposed to floods in the nation, according to new data released this month by the nonprofit organization First Street Foundation. Over 60% of West Virginia’s power stations are at risk, twice the average and […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Documents obtained by Greenpeace UK’s investigative journalism team Unearthed reveal that many coal and oil-rich nations have urged the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to water down its upcoming report on the world’s options to fight climate change successfully. Thousands of comments were sent to the IPCC’s […]
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