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New Presidential Candidate Making Global Warming #1 Priority

Good for him. He's seeing the big picture. Hats off if Warren, Booker, Harris or Sanders also prioritize the jobs-climate equation (the Green New Deal and its variants). We MUST simultaneously address the extreme wealth divide and our civilization-killing addiction to oil. We can only heal this country by taking such an integrated approach. FDR lives! Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) lives! Dr. Robert Bullard lives! (Dr. Bullard is the African American “father of the environmental justice movement.”)

Jay Inslee Officially Launches Historic 2020 Bid Centered On Climate Change

“I’m running for president because I’m the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s No. 1 priority.”

Alexander C. Kaufman Huffington Post

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c7887f3e4b087c2f294b12e

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday became the first major candidate in history to officially launch a White House bid centered entirely on combating climate change, entering a crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.

In a video that opens with shots of storm clouds gathering over the Seattle skyline, Inslee, 68, vowed to transition the nation to 100 percent renewable electricity and generate “millions of good paying jobs” in “every community across America.”
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri Mar 1, 2019, 02:42 PM (24 replies)

Young activists arrested at Mitch McConnell's office while demanding action on climate change

Looks like the old guard, no matter the party affiliation, are getting a lot of attention from the kids who have to live in the hurricane-saturated world the Big Oil generation has created. Green New Deal please. Big solutions time. We have 12 years to turn things around. Thankfully most Democrats are already with the kids... and the scientists.

Young activists arrested at Mitch McConnell's office while demanding action on climate change

Feb 25, 2019 12:06pm EST by Walter Einenkel
Source: Daily Kos

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1837571

Young people, worried for their future, are tired of waiting around for politicians to negotiate deals with the planet. Senators have been hiding in their offices for fear of facing these young people. Today’s big coward was Sen. Mitch McConnell.

They sang and marched peacefully up and down the hallway.

McConnell, who likely has 10 panic buttons throughout his office, may have pressed all of them, because the kids were being arrested for their part in the protest. This comes a short while after the protesters were warned that this kind of peaceful protest freaks people out.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Feb 26, 2019, 11:08 AM (4 replies)

Young activists arrested at Mitch McConnell's office while demanding action on climate change

Source: Daily KOS

Young people, worried for their future, are tired of waiting around for politicians to negotiate deals with the planet. Senators have been hiding in their offices for fear of facing these young people. Today’s big coward was Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The sang and marched peacefully up and down the hallway.

McConnell, who likely has 10 panic buttons throughout his office, may have pressed all of them, because the kids were being arrested for their part in the protest. This comes a short while after the protesters were warned that this kind of peaceful protest freaks people out.



Read more: https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1837571



Looks like the old guard, no matter the party affiliation, are getting a lot of attention from the kids who have to live in the hurricane-saturated world the Big Oil generation has created.

Green New Deal please. Big solutions time. We have 12 years to turn things around.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Feb 26, 2019, 12:35 AM (2 replies)

Earth may be 140 years away from reaching carbon levels not seen in 56 million years

Source: Science Daily

A new study finds humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate nine to 10 times higher than the greenhouse gas was emitted during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a global warming event that occurred roughly 56 million years ago.

The results suggest if carbon emissions continue to rise, the total amount of carbon dioxide injected into the atmosphere since humans started burning fossil fuels could equal the amount released during the PETM as soon as 2159.

"You and I won't be here in 2159, but that's only about four generations away," said Philip Gingerich, a paleoclimate researcher at the University of Michigan and author of the new study in the AGU journal Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. "When you start to think about your children and your grandchildren, and your great-grandchildren, you're about there."

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190220112221.htm



This, and the UN report giving us 12 years to do something, is why millions of younger Americans want a Green New Deal.

Hey Older Folks:

Remember that line in the Buffalo Springfield song? The one that goes "getting so much resistance from behind". Why are we hippies NOT listening to this new generation? Why do we protect the status quo so much?
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sat Feb 23, 2019, 06:29 PM (12 replies)

Australian Rat Declared Extinct Due To Man-Made Climate Change

Source: Huffington Post

The Australian government has confirmed the extinction of a small rodent native to a tiny spit of sand in the northernmost part of the Great Barrier Reef ― the first known mammal lost to human-caused climate change.

Bramble Cay melomys lived on the coral island of Bramble Cay, located in the Torres Strait between Queensland state and Papua New Guinea. The Government of Queensland initially declared the species extinct in a 2016 report, and Australian Environment Minister Melissa Price confirmed the die-off in a press release this week. The whiskered rat has been officially reclassified from “endangered” to “extinct.”

Geoff Richardson, an official with Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy, told lawmakers on Monday that the declaration “was not a decision to take lightly,” according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Read more: https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c6dca24e4b0e37a1ed47b1c



This was just announced Monday. EVERY piece of breaking news about a lost species due to OUR consumption of oil is WORSE NEWS THAN WE CAN EVEN CONCEIVE OF. Still driving around unnecessarily in gas guzzing SUVs? Please plan on going door to door for Democrats in 2020. We MUST vote out climate deniers like Trump and a majority of the Republican Party.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Thu Feb 21, 2019, 03:24 PM (6 replies)

A dead planet costs more


The War On Climate Change Won’t Be Won Quibbling Over The Green New Deal’s Costs

The mounting damage of global warming is a crisis far greater than the deficit.

By Zach Carter and Alexander C. Kaufman

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c66285be4b01757c369e3df

...The Green New Deal is framed as a joint resolution, not a formal law, meaning even if it passed, the measure wouldn’t bind the government to any new policies. This distinction is key to understanding what the Green New Deal is — and is not — and how to usefully talk about it now. It is a major statement of the Democratic Party’s political priorities. It is not a detailed blueprint of how to get there — or how to pay for it.

The Green New Deal’s agenda, however, is clear: Dramatic action must be taken to avert a climate disaster that will otherwise render much of the world uninhabitable. This is an emergency that deserves immediate attention. Millions of lives are quite literally at stake.

Instead of extreme weather disasters, famines and wars over natural resources, the Green New Deal envisions a future in which our nation overcomes its addiction to oil, gas and coal. The federal government would need so many workers to deploy renewable energy, retrofit buildings to be more energy efficient and construct more durable infrastructure that it could guarantee a job to every American who wants one. Those jobs would pay well and offer union protections. And because climate change touches on every facet of life, the transition away from fossil fuels would happen alongside a rapid expansion of safeguards for Americans already suffering the ill effects of dirty energy, from poisoned waterways to the coal industry’s monopolistic domination of entire regional economies.

One priority the Green New Deal does not include? Balancing the federal budget. Neither the Green New Deal legislation nor an FAQ released by Ocasio-Cortez last week included a detailed set of plans about how to pay for it. This is as it should be.

This was the approach taken during the original New Deal. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt saw fighting the Depression and the Nazi war machine as emergencies that required immediate action. Roosevelt himself liked balanced budgets as much as the next fellow. He raised taxes on the rich repeatedly ― the top rate rose as high as 94 percent during the war. But he didn’t let a balanced budget get in the way of progress. If he couldn’t get enough money from taxes, Roosevelt borrowed it, fighting both the Depression and World War II with enormous federal debts.

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 12:47 AM (1 replies)

Who needs a Green New Deal when you can make a big Deal of your New Green?

Donald Trump installed an 'executive time' toy in the White House—a new room-sized golf simulator

Daily KOS
https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1834420

What does he do during executive time? We know he obsessively watches cable news stories about himself. We know we often turns to Twitter to talk about himself or to attack others who are critical of him. We know he’s made 156 visits to Trump golf properties since taking office, at an estimated cost of $87,000,000 to taxpayers. And now we know he recently had an indoor room-sized golf simulator installed in the White House.

From the Washington Post:

President Trump has installed a room-sized “golf simulator” game at the White House, which allows him to play virtual rounds at courses all over the world by hitting a ball into a large video screen, according to two people told about the system.

......

Interesting to note this golf simulator was installed “during the last few weeks.” Donald Trump signed the stopgap funding bill on Jan. 25, 2019. When exactly was this simulator installed? Was this work going on during the shutdown of the federal government? The public deserves to know.

Would you be angry to learn this was installed during the shutdown?

Yes 92%
No 7%

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Feb 13, 2019, 08:27 PM (1 replies)

Republicans, the party of zero solutions, skewer Democrats' 'fringe' ideas

Source: Daily KOS

As they gear up for 2020, Republicans are resurrecting their go-to campaign strategy: fearmongering. They didn't have to spend any time dusting it off after grinding it home on immigration throughout the 2018 midterm elections, which did not end well for them. So what's the scary demon emerging in 2020? "Socialism" and a supposed compendium of Radical Left-ness that threatens to swallow the republic whole. Gasp!

.....

Republicans are so giddy over the wellspring of aspirational ideas from Democrats, they can't wait to put them on trial. Yep. After failing to have a fresh thought since the Reagan era, the GOP is allergic to newness. The struggle is real, folks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who panned taking "pointless" show votes on government funding last month, now wants to put the squeeze on Democrats by forcing them to vote on the Green New Deal, which is a nonbinding resolution. "We're going to be voting on that in the Senate to give everybody an opportunity to go on record," McConnell gleefully told reporters Tuesday.

Absolutely, let's do that, Mitch. Let's get Republicans on record for the do-nothing policies of yesteryear that landed our planet in this hot mess in the first place.... Democrats shouldn't bat an eye. The Green New Deal is a 13-page document with the apparently controversial goal of achieving “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers.” And thank goodness Democrats are refocusing the nation's attention on a problem that the U.N. is warning will have dire, potentially irreversible consequences unless a major course correction is undertaken in the next 12 years.

The fact of the matter is, the broad policy goals behind most of these "fringe" ideas enjoy popular support.

Read more: https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1834539
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Feb 13, 2019, 08:12 PM (3 replies)

Rep. Liz Cheney Goes On 'Hooey' Rant About The Green New Deal

Source: Huffington Post

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking House Republican, falsely claimed Tuesday that the Green New Deal seeks to “outlaw” airplanes, cars, gasoline and “probably the entire U.S. military.”

Cheney’s comments, which came during a congressional hearing on climate change, parroted a tweet that President Donald Trump posted last week....To be clear, the Green New Deal says nothing about eliminating airplanes, cars or the military. Instead, the non-binding resolution ― introduced last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) ― outlines lofty goals of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, building climate-resilient infrastructure and reversing income inequality by creating high-wage green jobs.

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), one of nearly 80 co-sponsors of the resolution, said Cheney’s line of questioning was “based on absolute hooey” and that no supporter wants to ban air travel.

“That’s absolutely crazy,” Huffman said.

Read more: https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c63469ee4b03de942968b77
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Feb 12, 2019, 08:13 PM (21 replies)

Please stop calling it "pro life"...

Language and imagery have more sway than most folks realize. If we were a nation who understood this we would treat the arts and entertainment more seriously, pay the creative community the same rate as lawyers to transform ghettos and strip malls into beautiful places, and we wouldn't let companies like Spotify and Ticketmaster screw musicians.

That said, if you want to stop Republicans from stealing your rights, start thinking like a Bob Dylan, a Kurt Cobain or NWA.

To wit:

"Pro life" is out.
"Forced maternal labor" is in (and just as bad as it sounds).

"Rich and poor" is out.
"Overpaid and underpaid" is in (and the solution to the problem is now embedded in the terms!)

"Socialism vs capitalism" is out.
"Infrastructure for a civic economy" is in.

"Left vs Right" is out.
"Rational vs irrational" is in.

...and if you're ready to push forward into a new Renaissance:

"God and goddess" are out.
"O Magnum Mysterium" is in!

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:52 PM (16 replies)
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