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reducing emissions by 90 percent below 1990levels 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.
Prime Minister Sánchez is sometimes referred to as the ‘accidental Prime Minister” because he took over last summer following a corruption scandal that brought down Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his right-wing Popular Party, the PP. Immediately upon taking office, Sánchez appointed Teresa Ribera, Spain’s minister for ecological transition, who told The Intercept that her government “’accepts that we are in an emergency moment where we need to transform,’ calling it an ‘opportunity to update our economy and our industry.’ She sees it, too, as an opportunity to draw vital connections between income and wealth inequality and the degradation of the environment, ‘transforming that into a positive agenda.’”
Why This Matters:Spain’s transformation shows what can happen when a visionary leader charts a new course. Before this election, Spain had already done away with a tax on solar energy imposed by the prior government and had committed to installing 6,000-7,000MW of renewable power every year until 2030. It has also has set itself out as a model for a “socially just transition” towards clean energy, having overseen the closure of coal mines last December through a deal with mining unions that has the government investing €250m (£221m) in mining regions over the next decade to provide both early retirement schemes for miners over 48, with environmental restoration work in pit communities and re-training programs for younger miners into cutting-edge green industries. We can do many of the same things here — if we have progressive leadership and can develop the political will. And we can learn from Spain as they implement their Green New Deal.
Environmental Justice legislation is getting lots of attention this year as numerous bills are pending in Congress on a topic that, until now, barely received attention. Yesterday, Senator Cory Booker and Representative Deb Haaland rolled out a bill that would put $100 billion dollars toward eliminating pollution that has disproportionately harmed communities of color.
Why This Matters:Lisa Friedman of The New York Times wrote last month that by putting Senator Harris on the ticket with him, Vice President Biden signaled that environmental justice will be high on their agenda.
Congratulations to Senator Ed Markey — a very early #FriendofthePlanet — for his incredible come-from-behind victory over Congressman Joe Kennedy in the Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary. Senator Markey has long been someone I (Monica) admired — ever since his days as the leader of the nuclear freeze movement back in the 80s. He has been […]
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