Back in 2007, I wrote a column calling for a “Hot, Flat and Crowded.” Barack Obama picked up the theme and made a Green New Deal part of his 2008 platform, but the idea just never took off. So I’m excited that the new Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others have put forward their own takes on a Green New Deal, and it’s now getting some real attention. There is no agreed-upon policy road map for a Green New Deal. But as one of the leading climate bloggers, Joe Romm, recently pointed out, “Since the midterms, dozens of U.S. representatives and at least four Democratic senators have pledged support to create a Select Committee to create legislation for a Green New Deal. The goal is a ‘detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan’ to rapidly transition the country away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy, such as a solar, wind, and electric cars.” The Green New Deal that Ocasio-Cortez has laid out … [Read more...] about A Green New Deal Revisited!
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(CNN)New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and allied progressive groups are ramping up their push for a Green New Deal. The initiative came to national prominence after Ocasio-Cortez joined young activists from the Sunrise Movement at a protest in then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office during orientation for incoming House freshman last year. Ocasio-Cortez suggests 70% tax for wealthy to fund climate change plan Ocasio-Cortez, the Justice Democrats, a progressive group that recruited the Bronx-born New Yorker to run, and Sunrise are now poised to throw their organizing muscle behind the ambitious suite of policy proposals, which would move the country toward 100% renewable energy through a series of economic reforms, including a jobs guarantee and heavy public investment in low or no-carbon infrastructure like light rail for commuters. Movement leaders do not agree on a price tag. Estimates run in the hundreds of billions of dollars, or more. But they argue a … [Read more...] about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, activist groups map out next steps in Green New Deal fight
An aide for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., the latest prominent Democrat to announce plans to form a presidential exploratory committee, says Warren supports Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s the “Green New Deal” proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, further elevating the status of the plan at the highest levels of the Democratic Party. In expressing her support for the plan, Warren joins Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, both of whom have expressed interest in running for president in 2020. The Green New Deal has been hailed by Democrats and liberal pundits as one of the most important proposals to tackle global warming in decades, but don’t be fooled: Many supporters of the Green New Deal know it will do absolutely nothing to reduce global temperature or prevent future temperature rise—the primary purpose of the proposal, according to Ocasio-Cortez. The real goal of the Green New … [Read more...] about Opinion: Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ is not about global warming
Sen. Cory Booker joined the call Friday for a "Green New Deal" to attack climate change, his latest appeal to the Democrats' most liberal wing as he considers running for president in 2020. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, an incoming congresswoman and darling of the left, has called on Congress to take an aggressive approach to climate issues that rivals the economic New Deal that President Franklin Roosevelt implemented to battle the Great Depression. Booker’s endorsement comes as the former Newark mayor tries to counter the image that he is too aligned with the party's corporate interests, including Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry. That criticism regularly shows up in comment threads on Booker's social media posts, and it could be a drag if he competes in a field of 2020 candidates that includes fellow Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, among others. Ocasio-Cortez, who joined … [Read more...] about Cory Booker backs ‘Green New Deal’ on climate change in latest appeal to party’s left wing
Recently, while the administration and many pundits focused our attention on problems of asylum seekers at our borders, another more pervasive invasion was ignored. This invasion is eroding our beaches, helping burn our forests, flooding our plains and acidifying our oceans. This invasion is climate change, and our political discussion regarding how to approach this issue have been driven by vast amounts of money spent in the political process. As pointed out in a recent Washington Post op-ed by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.: “Fossil fuel companies and their allies are funding a massive and sophisticated campaign to mislead the American people about the environmental harm caused by carbon pollution. Their activities are often compared to those of Big Tobacco denying the health dangers of smoking.” A recent Climate Change Town Hall led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reinforced our concerns and, very importantly, focused on how to meet the challenge head on with a Green New … [Read more...] about YOUR TURN: Combat climate invasion with Green New Deal