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First major policy paper advocating for Green New Deal

Any time I mention the phrase “Green New Deal” I get a strong reaction. There’s a lot of heat being generated about it’s origins, but the truth is, we have 10 years to put a tourniquet on carbon emissions.

Luckily a serious policy think tank has just issued a major paper on what an environmentally responsible New Deal would look like. It’s getting coverage everywhere.

Policy paper by Data for Progress:
https://www.dataforprogress.org/green-new-deal/

Huff Post:
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c47a004e4b025aa26be00c9
“The heart of the proposal is a call for 100 percent carbon-free electricity before 2030, the date by which United Nations scientists said the world must halve global emissions or face cataclysmic global warming. But the paper goes beyond that goal, proposing lifting the geographical limitations on the TVA to create what would essentially function as a national power company....”


Yahoo News:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/proposal-aims-legacy-fdr-works-110028891.html
“In May 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act establishing the nation’s largest public utility and setting in motion an ambitious New Deal policy to provide electricity and jobs to some of the poorest Americans in the midst of the Great Depression.... Nearly 86 years later, a new proposal aims to sharpen the Tennessee Valley Authority into the speartip of a so-called Green New Deal...”


The Hill:
https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/426493-economic-reasons-for-a-green-new-deal
Let’s start with economic reasons for a Green New Deal. The global economy is creating half a million new jobs yearly in renewable energy and employs more than ten million people. In the U.S. we’ve created a hundred thousand new solar and wind jobs annually, 12 times faster than in the rest of the economy. Green energy is putting people to work.

Green power is also increasingly cheaper. Here at Stanford, we just signed a long-term contract to buy solar power for less than 2.5 cents a kilowatt-hour. That’s extremely low. Remarkable things are happening in wind power, too... Other countries are transforming even faster. A third of the cars consumers bought in Norway last year were electric, up 40 percent from the year before. The transition lets them couple zero-pollution vehicles with clean hydropower. China’s investing $360 billion in renewable power in their current five-year plan, creating 13 million new jobs. Their Green New Deal is here.

A Green New Deal also makes sense because we’re paying the costs of climate change today. We suffered $306 billion in damages from hurricanes, fires and other U.S. disasters in 2017, the last year data are fully available, a hundred billion more than ever before.”
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Thu Jan 24, 2019, 02:18 AM (1 replies)

FDR's (Democratic) New Deal now has a new, green wonky think tank

Any time I mention the phrase “Green New Deal” I get a strong reaction. It’s either “About time!” or “That’s just too new for anyone to grasp” or “Everyone is taking credit for that!” or “Was FDR a Democrat?” (he was).

Never mind. We have 10 years to put a tourniquet on carbon emissions and a serious policy think tank has just issued a major paper on what an environmentally responsible New Deal would look like. It’s getting coverage everywhere.

Huff Post:
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c47a004e4b025aa26be00c9
“The heart of the proposal is a call for 100 percent carbon-free electricity before 2030, the date by which United Nations scientists said the world must halve global emissions or face cataclysmic global warming. But the paper goes beyond that goal, proposing lifting the geographical limitations on the TVA to create what would essentially function as a national power company....”


Yahoo News:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/proposal-aims-legacy-fdr-works-110028891.html
“In May 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act establishing the nation’s largest public utility and setting in motion an ambitious New Deal policy to provide electricity and jobs to some of the poorest Americans in the midst of the Great Depression.... Nearly 86 years later, a new proposal aims to sharpen the Tennessee Valley Authority into the speartip of a so-called Green New Deal...”


The Hill:
https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/426493-economic-reasons-for-a-green-new-deal
Let’s start with economic reasons for a Green New Deal. The global economy is creating half a million new jobs yearly in renewable energy and employs more than ten million people. In the U.S. we’ve created a hundred thousand new solar and wind jobs annually, 12 times faster than in the rest of the economy. Green energy is putting people to work.

Green power is also increasingly cheaper. Here at Stanford, we just signed a long-term contract to buy solar power for less than 2.5 cents a kilowatt-hour. That’s extremely low. Remarkable things are happening in wind power, too... Other countries are transforming even faster. A third of the cars consumers bought in Norway last year were electric, up 40 percent from the year before. The transition lets them couple zero-pollution vehicles with clean hydropower. China’s investing $360 billion in renewable power in their current five-year plan, creating 13 million new jobs. Their Green New Deal is here.

A Green New Deal also makes sense because we’re paying the costs of climate change today. We suffered $306 billion in damages from hurricanes, fires and other U.S. disasters in 2017, the last year data are fully available, a hundred billion more than ever before.”

Policy paper by Data for Progress:
https://www.dataforprogress.org/green-new-deal/
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Jan 23, 2019, 12:41 PM (0 replies)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Committee Is Winning Even In Defeat

While we hoot and holler at the attention-getting devil in the White House, we are letting the planet’s chances at survival slip away. Luckily 40 Democrats, including Booker, Harris and Icasio-Cortez are building a serious hybrid of old and new Democratic imperatives: a Green New Deal. It’s not going away because nothing else has clicked — and polling shows that its policies supporting green infrastructure and jobs has huge bipartisan support.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Committee Is Winning Even In Defeat
A month ago, the Green New Deal was a fringe topic. Now it’s mainstream.

By Alexander C. Kaufman
12/20/2018
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c1c40c0e4b0407e9078ed20

....activists who had quickly garnered support for a resolution establishing a Green New Deal select committee from more than 40 incoming or sitting House Democrats and nearly a half-dozen senators, including three likely presidential contenders. In that, the congresswoman-elect from New York can claim victory.

The push forced a sea change in climate politics, pushing the policy debate from stagnant, wonky and dubious solutions centered on market tweaks to sweeping, dramatic policies that scientists say could actually make a dent in surging greenhouse gas emissions.

For years, the Republican Party’s unabashed embrace of the oil, gas and coal industries established its outright denial of the near-universally accepted science that burning fossil fuels is the main cause of climate change.

Then came Ocasio-Cortez.

In June, the avowed democratic socialist won a shocking primary victory against Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), one of the most senior Democrats in the House and a powerful deputy of Pelosi. Her campaign platform called for a Green New Deal, at the time described vaguely as 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 and 1940s-style economy-wide mobilization. It was essentially a clarion call to go to war against fossil fuel emissions.

Adding to the urgency of her plan was the report in October from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which found that, to avoid cataclysmic warming beyond 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit, world governments needed to halve global emissions in just 12 years. When the Democratic National Committee’s decision to backtrack on a ban on fossil-fuel corporate donations in August, the party’s rift on climate change became apparent....
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri Dec 21, 2018, 03:13 AM (4 replies)

Here's how Trump inadvertently exposed his allegiance to the petro-tyrants of Russia and Saudi Arabi

Raw Story via Salon:

Greed and climate-change denial: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

At the climate summit in Poland, a revelation: Our nation stands with the petro-tyrants of Russia and Saudi Arabia

https://www.salon.com/2018/12/17/greed-and-climate-change-denial-pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-curtain/

Like Dorothy’s dog Toto at the end of "The Wizard of Oz,” Donald Trump just pulled down the curtain and exposed the ugly reality of climate-change denial: It is driven neither by intellectual skepticism nor ideological disagreement but by pure greed, the greed of those who own -- or are retained by those who own -- oil, coal and natural gas. Climate denial is simply a cynical strategy to perpetuate inflated monopoly prices on fossil fuels.

In Katowice, Poland, for the first time, the global climate denial bloc linked arms publicly. The U.S. and Russia joined Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in cynically dismissing the latest scientific alarm bells. Not over its science: As Trump climate adviser Wells Griffith proclaimed, “We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice their economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability.” In other words, oil powers are entitled to their profits, at whatever cost to the rest of us.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Dec 18, 2018, 12:09 PM (2 replies)

Ocasio-Cortez (et al's) Green New Deal has momentum

Save a planet AND stick it to the 1%? Americans prove they care... if you don’t mention that Democrats initiated the Green New Deal:

Green New Deal Has Overwhelming Bipartisan Support, Poll Finds. At Least, For Now.

Sixty-four percent of Republicans — including 57 percent of conservative Republicans — back the core tenets of the sweeping proposal.

By Alexander C. Kaufman

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c169f2ae4b05d7e5d8332a5

The Green New Deal is the most popular policy hardly anyone has heard of yet. Eighty-two percent of Americans say they have heard “nothing at all” about the sweeping proposal to generate 100 percent of the nation’s electricity from clean sources within the next 10 years, upgrade the United States’ power grid, invest in energy-efficiency and renewable technology, and provide training for jobs in the new, green economy. But when asked “how much do you support or oppose” the aforementioned suite of policies, 81 percent of registered voters say they either “somewhat support” or “strongly support” the plan, according to new survey results shared exclusively with HuffPost from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University.

Ninety-two percent of Democrats supported the idea, including 93 percent of liberal Democrats and 90 percent of moderate-to-conservative Democrats. But 64 percent of Republicans ― including 75 percent of moderate-to-liberal Republicans and 57 percent of conservative Republicans ― also backed the policy goals outlined in the Green New Deal. Eighty-eight percent of independents endorsed the policies as well.

“Given that most Americans have strong support for the components and ideas of the Green New Deal, it becomes a communication strategy problem,” Abel Gustafson, a postdoctoral associate at Yale who co-authored a report on the findings, said by phone Sunday. “From here, it’s about how you can pitch it so you can maintain that bipartisan support throughout the rest of the process.”
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Dec 18, 2018, 11:33 AM (5 replies)

Green New Deal Has Overwhelming Bipartisan Support, Poll Finds.

Planet-saving GOOD NEWS here.... The gist is that we have to forge this Green New Deal into a bipartisan message. Republicans largely like the Green New Deal in principle, but get all crZy partisany if they find out Dems initiated it. (Remember the ACA?)

Green New Deal Has Overwhelming Bipartisan Support, Poll Finds. At Least, For Now.

Sixty-four percent of Republicans — including 57 percent of conservative Republicans — back the core tenets of the sweeping proposal.

By Alexander C. Kaufman

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c169f2ae4b05d7e5d8332a5

The Green New Deal is the most popular policy hardly anyone has heard of yet.

Eighty-two percent of Americans say they have heard “nothing at all” about the sweeping proposal to generate 100 percent of the nation’s electricity from clean sources within the next 10 years, upgrade the United States’ power grid, invest in energy-efficiency and renewable technology, and provide training for jobs in the new, green economy.

But when asked “how much do you support or oppose” the aforementioned suite of policies, 81 percent of registered voters say they either “somewhat support” or “strongly support” the plan, according to new survey results shared exclusively with HuffPost from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University.

Ninety-two percent of Democrats supported the idea, including 93 percent of liberal Democrats and 90 percent of moderate-to-conservative Democrats. But 64 percent of Republicans ― including 75 percent of moderate-to-liberal Republicans and 57 percent of conservative Republicans ― also backed the policy goals outlined in the Green New Deal. Eighty-eight percent of independents endorsed the policies as well.

“Given that most Americans have strong support for the components and ideas of the Green New Deal, it becomes a communication strategy problem,” Abel Gustafson, a postdoctoral associate at Yale who co-authored a report on the findings, said by phone Sunday. “From here, it’s about how you can pitch it so you can maintain that bipartisan support throughout the rest of the process.”
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Dec 18, 2018, 01:21 AM (4 replies)

Teddy Roosevelt is still sexy?

Let us now praise Teddy Roosevelt’s “trust-busting” sentiments (and the president who aggressively put his policies into practice, Howard Taft).

The following article nails the problem they illuminated. Too much power in the hands of either corporations or government leads to corruption and the exploitation of workers and our environment.

The one thing missing in this timely Huff Post article is this: simply balancing government and free enterprise is the wrong metaphor. It’s not a bad start, but it won’t keep us alive into the 22nd century. We must conceptualize local and federal government as a REGENERATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE at the center of our social organism which SUPPORTS non-monopolistic free enterprise. Don’t place them in opposition, situate the “Regenastructure” at the center and free enterprise circulating around it. Like the very brains of the social organism, the US Constitution would be at the very core of this interior nervous system, taking feedback from the extremities – voters, journalists, markets, etc.

But making Teddy Roosevelt’s trust-busting impulses sexy again is a good start:

Preserving U.S. Democracy Means Breaking Up Monopolies Like Facebook And Amazon

By Richard North Patterson
12/13/2018

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c1136c1e4b0ac53717b2ce3

For decades, Americans have feared that an oppressive federal government would strangle political and economic freedom. Instead, massive private institutions increasingly direct public policy, distort political discourse and dominate our daily lives.

The problem is not capitalism per se ― as with the worries about government, it’s size. Allowing business enterprises to accumulate unchecked dominance over key sectors of our economy corrodes competition, constrains opportunity and, ultimately, corrupts representative governance. True democracy, it transpires, can flourish only when economic power and prosperity are more equitably distributed.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Thu Dec 13, 2018, 02:25 PM (4 replies)

THIS IS THE HEADLINE: 45 Million More Americans to Live in Dem-Run States

While Trump continues to game the media with obstructionist baby poop, an INTELLIGENT media system would lead with this – and be DISCUSSING this:

45 MILLION MORE AMERICANS
TO LIVE IN DEM-RUN STATES
Democrats Won Full Control In 6 New States
By Molly Redden and Nick Baumann

Democrats swept key state legislative and gubernatorial races across the country Tuesday, ensuring that at least 45 million more Americans will live under unified Democratic governance of their states next year and opening the door for sweeping policy changes on issues such as health care and education.

The results mark a dramatic turnabout for Democrats, who had full control of just eight states prior to Tuesday’s elections. Republicans controlled 26 state governments, and 16 were split.

But Democrats rode a wave of voter enthusiasm into key governorships and invested huge sums to flip control of state legislatures. As of Wednesday morning, Democrats were projected to win full control in six new states — Colorado, Illinois, Maine, New Mexico, Nevada and New York — and had broken Republicans’ grip on Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.

Full control of a state government — the trifecta of the state House, state Senate and governorship — brings huge benefits. Parties with full control have far more freedom to enact their policy agendas. In many states, full control also gives the party absolute power over congressional and state legislative redistricting, which means it can draw districts that will be hard for its foes to win.

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5bd3770ee4b0a8f17ef7912a
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Nov 7, 2018, 07:32 PM (0 replies)

Trump just taken into custody for inciting violence...

... in that parallel world where we haven't lost our minds to the irrationals and Trump-Putin collusion.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Thu Oct 25, 2018, 01:06 AM (0 replies)
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