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4 days ago by jstenner
Proud that my candidate shows up when it matters.

This is why I trust Bernie.

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9 days ago by jstenner
RT : As we work to enact the , I'll make sure that frontline community leaders who know best what their nei…
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10 days ago by rossgrady
College Students Overwhelmingly Reject Joe Biden, Embrace Bernie Sanders: Poll
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13 days ago by jstenner
A successful climate plan must also tackle the housing crisis | Opinion (The Guardian, 10/1/2019)
The Democratic nominee should be able to answer the question: what will your climate plan do for the housing crisis?
greennewdeal  housingcrisis  housing  residential 
15 days ago by davidkoren
When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met Greta Thunberg: 'Hope is contagious'
AOC: I was really wallowing in despair for a while: what do I do? Is this my life? Just showing up, working, knowing that things are so difficult, then going home and doing it again. And I think what was profoundly liberating was engaging in my first action – when I went to Standing Rock, in the Dakotas, to fight against a fracking pipeline. It seemed impossible at the time. It was just normal people, showing up, just standing on the land to prevent this pipeline from going through. And it made me feel extremely powerful, even though we had nothing, materially – just the act of standing up to some of the most powerful corporations in the world.

From there I learned that hope is not something that you have. Hope is something that you create, with your actions. Hope is something you have to manifest into the world, and once one person has hope, it can be contagious. Other people start acting in a way that has more hope.

GT: Yeah. I know so many people who feel hopeless, and they ask me, “What should I do?” And I say: “Act. Do something.” Because that is the best medicine against sadness and depression. I remember the first day I was school-striking outside the Swedish parliament, I felt so alone, because everyone went straight past, no one even looked at me. But at the same time I was hopeful.
by:EmmaBrockes  from:TheGuardian  ClimateChange  GreenNewDeal  AlexandriaOcasioCortez  GretaThunberg  activism  hope  geo:UnitedStates  geo:Sweden 
19 days ago by owenblacker
Brexit may feel apocalyptic – but radical new ideas are taking root
"Whether these will make it into a manifesto is an interesting question, but when proceedings were at their most exciting there was a sense of an embryonic leftwing politics that might at last speak to a future oriented around three key things: the roots of inequality in society and the economy; the upturning of life and work by technology; and the need for a green approach to almost everything."

"In addition, something even more game-changing has happened. Since 2016 Brexit has been transformed from the modest and endlessly beneficial readjustment promised by the pro-leave campaigners – £350m extra a week for the NHS, and all that – to a revolutionary project in which national harm might have to be accepted in pursuit of sovereignty. This change does not seem to have significantly affected levels of support for leaving the EU. To many people – me included – this might appear irrational. But it also calls time on the pre-referendum idea that politics can never be about big, radical ideas. If politicians can defy every ounce of political and economic common sense and insist we leave the EU, why should there be any limit on the kind of red-green ideas that we saw last week?"
by:JohnHarris  from:CommentIsFree  Brexit  labour  politics  radical  geo:UnitedKingdom  GreenNewDeal 
19 days ago by owenblacker
RT : £25bn = 1/2 the annual amount needed for a

Road-building is the wrong policy if we are to stop the c…
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19 days ago by kevinmarks
The truth is not enough | LRB
Climate change activism generates two contradictory political forces. One is an increasingly urgent popular sense of the scale of the emergency, the devastation that climate change has already wrought and the worse that is yet to come: it energises popular protest and can inspire almost supernatural commitment. The counter-force is not only Koch-funded climate denialism or oil-industry greenwashing, but the deep imbrication of politics with powerful economic interests that have a large stake – however suicidally short-term – in maintaining something resembling the status quo. The CBI response to Labour’s Green New Deal – that there is ‘no credible pathway’ to net-zero emissions by 2030 – is leaden with spurious ‘realism’. Hope, such as it is, comes from the prospect that the first force can either wrench politicians from their cosiness with the second, or replace them.

Extinction Rebellion’s first demand is for governments to ‘tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency’. In the US, fogged with outright lies and denialism, telling the truth might be a good first step; elsewhere, the truth is widely, if only partially, accepted and understood. In the UK, Parliament has declared a ‘climate emergency’, but the government is still committed to fracking and the continued extraction of North Sea hydrocarbon reserves. The truth in itself is insufficient for action: only in concert with political organisation and planning can it make a dent.
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19 days ago by petej
Green New Deal – Full Language
The Green New Deal will convert the decaying fossil fuel economy into a new, green economy that is environmentally sustainable, economically secure and socially just. The Green New Deal starts with transitioning to 100% green renewable energy (no nukes or natural gas) by 2030. It would immediately halt any investment in fossil fuels (including natural gas) and related infrastructure. The Green New Deal will guarantee full employment and generate up to 20 million new, living-wage jobs, as well as make the government the employer of last resort with a much-needed major public jobs program.

Our nation – and our world – face a “perfect storm” of economic and environmental crises that threaten not only the global economy, but life on Earth as we know it. The dire, existential threats of climate change, wars for oil, and a stagnating, crisis-ridden economic system require bold and visionary solutions if we are to leave a livable world to the next generation and beyond.

These looming crises mean that the question facing us in the 2016 election is historically unique. The fate of humanity is in our hands. It is not just a question of what kind of world we want, but whether we will have a world at all.

Building on the concept of FDR’s New Deal, we call for a massive mobilization of our communities, government and the people on the scale of World War II – to transition our energy system and economy to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030, including a complete phase out of fossil fuels, fracked gas and nuclear power. We propose an ambitious yet secure economic and environmental program that will revive the economy , turn the tide on climate change, and make wars for oil obsolete – allowing us to cut our bloated, dangerous military budget in half. [1]

The Green New Deal is not only a major step towards ending unemployment for good, but also a tool to fight the corporate takeover of our democracy and exploitation of the poor and people of color. It will provide a just transition, with a priority on providing resources to workers displaced from the fossil fuel industry, low-income communities and communities of color most impacted by climate change. The Green New Deal will provide assistance to workers and communities that now have workers dependent on the fossil fuel, nuclear and weapons industries, and to the developing world as it responds to climate change damage caused by the industrial world.

The transition to 100% clean energy will foster democratic control of our energy system, rather than maximizing profits for energy corporations, banks and hedge funds. It will promote clean energy as a human right and a common good. It will include community, worker and public ownership, as well as small businesses and non-profits.

We will cut military spending by at least half to bring our troops – currently stationed in over 800 bases worldwide – home to their families, deploying our valued servicemen and women in their own communities to build up our country’s future and prosperity here at home. Maintaining bases all over the world to safeguard fossil fuel supplies or to shore up repressive oil monarchies could no longer be justified as “protecting American interests.”

The Green New Deal not only saves us from climate catastrophe. It also pays for itself through health savings alone, from the prevention of fossil fuel-related diseases – which kill 200,000 people every year and afflict millions more with asthma, heart attacks, strokes, cancer and other illnesses. This program not only addresses the urgent crises facing our society, but puts America’s leading role in the world to work in a constructive way: to build a just, sustainable, and healthy planet for our young people and future generations.

What the Green New Deal Will Do
Right now, our federal subsidy programs benefit large agribusiness corporations and the oil, mining, nuclear, coal and timber giants at the expense of small farmers, small business, and our children’s environment. We spend billions of dollars every year moving our economy in the wrong direction, turning our planet uninhabitable while imposing the greatest harm on communities of color and the poor. The Green New Deal will instead redirect that money to the real job creators who make our communities more healthy, sustainable and secure at the same time.

We will:

Invest in sustainable businesses including cooperatives and non-profits by providing grants and loans with an emphasis on small, locally-based companies that keep the wealth created by local labor circulating in the community rather than being drained off to enrich absentee investors.
Move to 100% clean energy by 2030. Invest in clean energy technologies that are ready to go now. Redirect research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal energy. We will invest in research in sustainable, nontoxic materials and closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry.
Create a Commission for Economic Democracy to provide publicity, training, education, and direct financing for cooperative development and for democratic reforms to make government agencies, private associations, and business enterprises more participatory. We will strengthen democracy via participatory budgeting and institutions that encourage local initiative and democratic decision-making.
Establish a Renewable Energy Administration on the scale of FDR’s hugely successful Rural Electrification Administration, launched in 1935, that brought electrical power to rural America, 95 per cent of which had no power. Emulated by many other countries, this initiative provided technical support, financing, and coordination to more than 900 municipal cooperatives, many of which still exist. The Green New Deal would update this model with eco-friendly energy sources.
End unemployment in America once and for all by guaranteeing a job at a living wage for every American willing and able to work. A Full Employment Program will create up to 20 million jobs, both directly and indirectly, by implementing a nationally-funded, locally-controlled, direct employment initiative replacing unemployment offices with local employment offices. The government will be the employer of last resort, offering jobs meeting community-identified needs in the public and non-profit sectors to take up any slack in private for-profit sector employment. These will include jobs in sustainable energy and energy efficiency retrofitting, mass transit and “complete streets” that promote safe bike and pedestrian traffic, regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture, clean manufacturing, infrastructure, and public services (education, youth programs, child care, senior care, etc). Communities will use a process of broad stakeholder input and democratic decision making to fairly design and implement these programs.

Dealing with the Climate Crisis – 100% Clean Energy by 2030
The centerpiece of the Green New Deal is a commitment to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030. The transition to clean energy is not only a visionary plan for a better world, it’s absolutely necessary to ensure we have a world at all.

The climate crisis is a serious threat to the survival of humanity and life on Earth. To prevent catastrophe, we need a WWII-scale mobilization to transition to a sustainable economy with 100% clean renewable energy, public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.

Already tens of millions of people have been turned into climate refugees, and hundreds of thousands die annually from air pollution, heat waves, drought-based food shortages, floods, rising seas, epidemics, storms and other lethal impacts of climate change and fossil fuels.

Scientists report that sea levels are rising much faster than predicted, and could overwhelm coastal areas within decades. New York. Baltimore. Miami. Los Angeles. New Orleans. And more. Some scientists say the data shows that sea levels may rise by 9 feet within the next 50 to 150 years. [2]

And as global climate change worsens, wars fought over access to food, water and land will become commonplace.[3]

Historically, talks aimed at stopping global warming have centered on the goal of staying below a 2°C rise in average temperature. The major “victory” in COP 21 in Paris was that the industrial polluting nations such as the US agreed with the rest of the world that the existing global warming cap target of 2 degrees Celsius would lead to catastrophic change. They agreed to set a lower target of “well below 2 degrees Celsius” and, preferably, 1.5 degrees Celsius. Scientific studies show this means reducing greenhouse gases twice as fast (7 to 9% annually) compared to the old goal of “80 by 50”. The GND’s plan to transition to 100% clean energy by 2030 is the only program in any US presidential candidate’s platform that even attempts to meet the scientific goal agreed to in Paris.

Going to 100% clean energy by 2030 means reducing energy demand as much as possible. This will require energy conservation and efficiency; replacing non-essential individual means of transport with high-quality and modern mass transit; and eliminating the use of fossil-based fertilizers and pesticides. Along with these steps it will be necessary to electrify everything else, including transport, heating, etc. Many current proposals by the state and federal government to move to renewables only address the existing electrical system, which accounts for only about 1/3 of the carbon footprint.

Studies have shown that there are no technological or logistical barriers to a clean-energy transition by 2030. [4] A British think tank recently put out a study saying that all fossil fuels could be eliminated in 10 years.[5]

The author of the best known series of studies on how to transition to 100% clean energy, Prof. … [more]
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20 days ago by juandante
CBO Infrastructure and Transportation | Congressional Budget Office
CBO analyzes federal policies regarding the nation's highways, airports, water supply systems, and communications and technology infrastructure.
infrastructure  spending  government  budget  transportation  green_energy  GreenNewDeal 
21 days ago by Marcellus
A historical look at infrastructure spending in the US, by the numbers | Fox Business
Here's a look at historical infrastructure spending in the country -- at both the federal and state and local levels -- by the numbers (compiled from the Congressional Budget Office).

Federal government: $98.4 billion
State and local governments: $342.1 billion

Federal government: $98.9 billion Local government: $349.4 billion
infrastructure  spending  government  budget  transportation  green_energy  GreenNewDeal 
21 days ago by Marcellus

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