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McConnell Blasts Dems’ Demand That Latest Stimulus Package Include Green Provisions

McConnell Blasts Dems’ Demand That Latest Stimulus Package Include Green Provisions

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.

Why This Matters:  After dragging his feet on immediate economic relief and adjourning the Senate over the weekend ten days ago, now Senator McConnell seems in a big rush to give billions to corporations while leaving workers and the environment out of the deal.

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Coronavirus: Nature Flourishes as Humans Stay Inside

Coronavirus: Nature Flourishes as Humans Stay Inside

As people around the world are staying indoors, factories are shuttering and cars are off the road, it’s become evident that the biggest winner of the coronavirus pandemic is our planet. Los Angeles’ air quality is in the green, and in fact, air pollution and CO2 emissions are falling around the world. Venice’s canals are […]

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Elizabeth Warren’s Contribution to Dems:  Policies Like Her Latest On Wall Street and Climate

Elizabeth Warren’s Contribution to Dems: Policies Like Her Latest On Wall Street and Climate

With Senator Elizabeth Warren exiting the Presidential race yesterday on the eve of the International Day of the Woman, we wanted to pay homage to her huge policy contribution to the Democratic contest with an impressive array of proposals, not the least of which dealt with climate change and the environment. 

Why This Matters:  Senator Warren’s numerous plans on climate and environment are both detailed and progressive but also achievable.  That is a tough needle to thread.

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Top Stories of 2019: The Green New Deal

Top Stories of 2019: The Green New Deal

Top Stories of 2019: This past February the announcement of the Green New Deal resolution sent reverberations throughout Capitol Hill as well as the nation. Suddenly, climate change became a major component of our political discourse.

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The European Union Moving Forward on a “Green Deal”

The European Union Moving Forward on a “Green Deal”

Last week, as the UN Climate Meeting lurched and sputtered, the European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen of Germany,  proposed the European “Green Deal” — a blueprint for how Europe will cut their carbon emissions in half by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, aiming to be a first-mover on creating climate-friendly industries and building clean technologies.  

Why This Matters:  Countries that seize the moment to transition to a fossil-fuel-free economy will win this century, and those that do not will be left behind.

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EU To Pass Europe-Wide Climate Law, But Will Miss Current Emission Reduction Goals

EU To Pass Europe-Wide Climate Law, But Will Miss Current Emission Reduction Goals

In a report published on Wednesday, the European Environment Agency said that Europe’s progress towards cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and boosting the share of renewables in the energy mix is not happening quickly enough and as a result, the EU will miss its goals.  Moreover, the EU can expect to confront heat waves that are more severe than recent record-breaking events every two years from 2050 on, The Telegraph reported.

Why This Matters:  The EU considers itself a climate leader globally and so missing these targets is a big deal.

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One of the Largest Banks in the World Will Stop Fossil Fuel Lending in by 2022

One of the Largest Banks in the World Will Stop Fossil Fuel Lending in by 2022

The European Investment Bank (EIB) in what some called a “game-changer” announced at the end of last week that it will phase out funding for fossil fuel projects by the end of 2021, dealing a major blow to oil and gas companies.  Instead, according to The Wall Street Journal, the bank will “use €1 trillion ($1.1 trillion) for climate-change action and environmentally sustainable investment by 2030 and help the EU reach 32% renewable energy across the bloc by 2030.”

Why This Matters:  We can think of 1.1 trillion reasons.  And this policy covers ALL fossil fuels including traditional natural gas projects.

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Bernie Sanders and AOC Release a Green New Plan for Public Housing

Bernie Sanders and AOC Release a Green New Plan for Public Housing

Yesterday Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that they plan to introduce the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act, legislation that would give a green overhaul to the entirety of the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units.

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Investigation By Associated Press Reveals More Than 1600 Risky Dams in the U.S.

Investigation By Associated Press Reveals More Than 1600 Risky Dams in the U.S.

The results of a two-year investigation by the Associated Press (AP) were published this week and the findings were shocking — nearly 1,700 dams located in 44 states and Puerto Rico were rated as “high-hazard” dams that are in poor or unsatisfactory condition.  Experts believe the actual number of risky dams is even higher — […]

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Bernie Sanders Staking His Campaign In Iowa on the GND and Climate Change

Bernie Sanders Staking His Campaign In Iowa on the GND and Climate Change

Senator Bernie Sanders is seeking to re-frame his Presidential campaign in Iowa on the issue of climate change with a huge ad buy there touting his support for the Green New Deal (see below) and a climate summit to be held this weekend with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez attending.

Why This Matters: Climate change has fallen out of the debate since the MSNBC climate forum in mid-September.  Sanders has consistently been in the top 3 candidates in Iowa so his focus on the climate issues will ensure that they are discussed again — and that is good news.

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Green Jobs Employ 10X As Many Americans as Fossil Fuel Jobs

Green Jobs Employ 10X As Many Americans as Fossil Fuel Jobs

In the United States, the green economy generates $1.3 trillion in annual sales revenue while creating 9.5 million full-time jobs (4% of the working-age population).

However: If Democrats want to win in places that have seen worker layoffs (like Ohio) they have to start talking about these jobs that their vision of the future uniquely supports.

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Republicans See GND As Key To Retaking the House in 2020

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 […]

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