• Bernie WINS Climate Change Town Hall
    CNN’s climate crisis town hall on Wednesday night was an unprecedented seven hours of discussion on climate change with 10 of the Democratic 2020 presidential contenders.

    It was also the most substantive discussion of climate change policies ever broadcast on primetime television.

    Each candidate was given a 40-minute segment, meaning they could provide long, nuanced answers to hard questions on the most far-reaching issue of our time.

    There was a lot that could have gone wrong, so it’s remarkable so much went right.

    The town hall easily outshone the muddled discussion in the paltry half-hour or so devoted to climate change across eight hours of official Democratic debates.
    #GreenNewDeal #CNNClimateTownHall #Bernie2020 #TheYoumgTurks
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    The Young Turks 9/5/19
    Bernie WINS Climate Change Town Hall CNN’s climate crisis town hall on Wednesday night was an unprecedented seven hours of discussion on climate change with 10 of the Democratic 2020 presidential contenders. It was also the most substantive discussion of climate change policies ever broadcast on primetime television. Each candidate was given a 40-minute segment, meaning they could provide long, nuanced answers to hard questions on the most far-reaching issue of our time. There was a lot that could have gone wrong, so it’s remarkable so much went right. The town hall easily outshone the muddled discussion in the paltry half-hour or so devoted to climate change across eight hours of official Democratic debates. #GreenNewDeal #CNNClimateTownHall #Bernie2020 #TheYoumgTurks https://youtu.be/r-kHKeR-p4k The Young Turks 9/5/19
    Bernie WINS Climate Change Town Hall
    http://tyt.com/townhall Bernie CRUSHED it at CNN’s climate change town hall! Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. MORE TYT:...
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  • Attacks on Greta Thunberg, Say Allies, Show Just How 'Terrified' Reactionary Forces Have Become of Global Climate Movement
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/02/attacks-greta-thunberg-say-allies-show-just-how-terrified-reactionary-forces-have
    Jon Queally, staff writer

    Champions of Greta Thunberg—and the 16-year-old climate activist herself—hit back against malicious right-wing bullies over the weekend as she called her Asperger's syndrome diagnosis a "superpower" and her defenders said there is but one reason that people attack the person who has galvanized the global climate strike movement: they are afraid of her.

    "The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent and compassionate 16 year old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth." —Owen Jones"The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent, and compassionate 16-year-old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth," said British political columnist activist Owen Jones. "She's achieved more [at age] 16 than they ever will."

    Following her recent arrival in the United States to attend rallies outside the United Nations and promote a week of international climate strike actions, taking place from Sept. 20 - 27, Thunberg on Saturday suggested that a fresh wave of criticism directed at her from climate science denialists and right-wingers—including those mocking her Asperger's diagnosis—exposes much more about them than her.

    Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg
    When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!
    I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And - given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower.#aspiepower
    View image on Twitter
    4:44 PM - Aug 31, 2019

    "I'm not public about my diagnosis to 'hide' behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an 'illness', or something negative," Thunberg added. "And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before."

    In a column on Al-Jazeera English published Monday, writer Andrew Mitrovica came to the defense of Thunberg as he referred to those attacking her as "scientifically illiterate bullies." According to Mitrovica, agreeing with Jones, it is Thunberg's attributes—including her fearlessness and abilility to speak and act so matter-of-factly—that makes hers such a potent voice. He writes:

    She disdains celebrity. She makes no claim to heroism. She rebuffs efforts to idolise her. She isn't calculating or preoccupied with fame or ego. There is no artifice about her. She speaks plainly, without affectation or embroidery.

    In words and deeds, Thunberg is the embodiment of philosopher Howard Zinn's admonition: "We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world."

    Meanwhile, in an interview with the UK's Channel 4 News, Thunberg said she has nothing to say to people who refuse to believe in the scientific warnings about the climate crisis.

    Mike Hudema ✔ @MikeHudema
    16-year-old climate activist @GretaThunberg says she “has nothing to say” to people who don’t believe in climate change - including President Trump.

    There is no time to waste, there is no planet B. #ActOnClimate #GreenNewDeal
    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/MikeHudema/status/1168565400239517696
    11:44 AM - Sep 2, 2019

    Asked if there was still time to address the planetary emergency, Thunberg said, "Yes, we do. We still have time. But that time will not last for long so we need to something now and we need to do it quickly and we need to do it drastically."

    But while part of Thunberg's story lends itself to the notion that "one person can make a difference," she is also the first to acknowledge that it is going to demand massive collective action—from everyone and all over the world—to solve the climate emergency.

    Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg
    On Friday the 20th and 27th of September we will strike again for the right to a future. But we can’t do it alone. To really make a difference we need the adults to join us.
    The children in India leads the way!! #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike https://twitter.com/fridays_india/status/1168177177281454080

    Fridays For Future India
    @fridays_india
    You are our voice @GretaThunberg & we the children of #India will echo your voice LOUD & CLEAR till it is heard...Striking together on 20th September’19!

    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/fridays_india/status/1168177177281454080
    12:50 PM - Sep 1, 20
    Attacks on Greta Thunberg, Say Allies, Show Just How 'Terrified' Reactionary Forces Have Become of Global Climate Movement https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/02/attacks-greta-thunberg-say-allies-show-just-how-terrified-reactionary-forces-have Jon Queally, staff writer Champions of Greta Thunberg—and the 16-year-old climate activist herself—hit back against malicious right-wing bullies over the weekend as she called her Asperger's syndrome diagnosis a "superpower" and her defenders said there is but one reason that people attack the person who has galvanized the global climate strike movement: they are afraid of her. "The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent and compassionate 16 year old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth." —Owen Jones"The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent, and compassionate 16-year-old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth," said British political columnist activist Owen Jones. "She's achieved more [at age] 16 than they ever will." Following her recent arrival in the United States to attend rallies outside the United Nations and promote a week of international climate strike actions, taking place from Sept. 20 - 27, Thunberg on Saturday suggested that a fresh wave of criticism directed at her from climate science denialists and right-wingers—including those mocking her Asperger's diagnosis—exposes much more about them than her. Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning! I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And - given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower.#aspiepower View image on Twitter 4:44 PM - Aug 31, 2019 "I'm not public about my diagnosis to 'hide' behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an 'illness', or something negative," Thunberg added. "And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before." In a column on Al-Jazeera English published Monday, writer Andrew Mitrovica came to the defense of Thunberg as he referred to those attacking her as "scientifically illiterate bullies." According to Mitrovica, agreeing with Jones, it is Thunberg's attributes—including her fearlessness and abilility to speak and act so matter-of-factly—that makes hers such a potent voice. He writes: She disdains celebrity. She makes no claim to heroism. She rebuffs efforts to idolise her. She isn't calculating or preoccupied with fame or ego. There is no artifice about her. She speaks plainly, without affectation or embroidery. In words and deeds, Thunberg is the embodiment of philosopher Howard Zinn's admonition: "We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world." Meanwhile, in an interview with the UK's Channel 4 News, Thunberg said she has nothing to say to people who refuse to believe in the scientific warnings about the climate crisis. Mike Hudema ✔ @MikeHudema 16-year-old climate activist @GretaThunberg says she “has nothing to say” to people who don’t believe in climate change - including President Trump. There is no time to waste, there is no planet B. #ActOnClimate #GreenNewDeal Embedded video: https://twitter.com/MikeHudema/status/1168565400239517696 11:44 AM - Sep 2, 2019 Asked if there was still time to address the planetary emergency, Thunberg said, "Yes, we do. We still have time. But that time will not last for long so we need to something now and we need to do it quickly and we need to do it drastically." But while part of Thunberg's story lends itself to the notion that "one person can make a difference," she is also the first to acknowledge that it is going to demand massive collective action—from everyone and all over the world—to solve the climate emergency. Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg On Friday the 20th and 27th of September we will strike again for the right to a future. But we can’t do it alone. To really make a difference we need the adults to join us. The children in India leads the way!! #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike https://twitter.com/fridays_india/status/1168177177281454080 … Fridays For Future India @fridays_india You are our voice @GretaThunberg & we the children of #India will echo your voice LOUD & CLEAR till it is heard...Striking together on 20th September’19! Embedded video: https://twitter.com/fridays_india/status/1168177177281454080 12:50 PM - Sep 1, 20
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  • Bernie Sanders 16 Trillion Dollar Green New Deal - Here's How It Will Work AND How It Will Be Paid For.
    #RealProgressives #MMT #GreenNewDeal #Bernie2020
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    Real Progressives 8/24/19
    Bernie Sanders 16 Trillion Dollar Green New Deal - Here's How It Will Work AND How It Will Be Paid For. #RealProgressives #MMT #GreenNewDeal #Bernie2020 https://youtu.be/jlg5aURKbHo Real Progressives 8/24/19
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  • Make Detroit the Engine of a Green New Deal - Hey...It REALLY COULD HAPPEN! [It's Simply Up To Those Of Us With The Vision]
    THIS is what a #GreenNewDeal means for #FrontlineDetroit communities.
    https://youtu.be/6-d-mJlYj6E
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    Make Detroit the Engine of a Green New Deal - Hey...It REALLY COULD HAPPEN! [It's Simply Up To Those Of Us With The Vision] THIS is what a #GreenNewDeal means for #FrontlineDetroit communities. https://youtu.be/6-d-mJlYj6E Sunshine Movement 8/6/19
    Make Detroit the Engine of a Green New Deal
    THIS is what a #GreenNewDeal means for #FrontlineDetroit communities.
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  • With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System'
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/19/petition-congress-100000-people-demand-green-new-deal-fixes-our-food-system
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    A coalition of environmental, farmworker, public health, and food safety advocacy groups on Thursday delivered to Congress a petition signed by more than 100,000 people which calls for a Green New Deal "that fixes our food system" to combat the climate crisis.

    The petition echoes a letter that more than 300 organizations sent to federal lawmakers in April on behalf of their millions of members.

    The letter came about two months after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the historic Green New Deal resolution supported by a growing grassroots movement and dozens of Democrats in Congress.

    "Supporting family farms, achieving universal access to healthy foods, and investing in sustainable farming and land-use practices that increase soil health are critical components of any comprehensive Green New Deal," declares the new petition, which notes that in addition to being a top generator of jobs, the U.S. food and farming sector is also a top generator of planet-heating emissions.

    "To reduce emissions and bolster our nation's resilience in the face of the climate crisis, we must enact policies that transform unsustainable industrial agriculture, reduce food sector consolidation, as well as empower farmers and ranchers to adopt organic and agroecological practices," the petition says.

    "These policies must support diversified and ecologically regenerative farming techniques that reduce greenhouse gases and other pollution, boost soil health, and sequester carbon in soil—enhancing local and regional food security, economic well-being, and biodiversity."

    The petition outlines specific food and farming policies that signatories believe should be prioritized in the Green New Deal:

    Carbon reduction, sequestration, and climate resilience;
    Fair prices for farmers, ranchers, and fishers; antitrust measures that help reverse food sector consolidation; and healthy working conditions with family-sustaining living wages for workers;
    Diversified, resilient local, and regional food economies anchored by family farmers; ranchers and fishers that ensure healthy, sustainable food for all to combat consolidation in the food and farming sector; and reverse the rapid loss of farmers and deterioration of farmland;
    Avoid "false solutions" and agribusiness-sponsored proposals that do nothing to address the systemic causes of our climate crisis and delay progress;
    Protection for workers, rural communities, consumer health and soil productivity through the transition away from harmful agrochemical use in agricultural practices and production;
    Ensure that those most affected by the exploitation of people and the environment of the current agricultural system and who have experience and knowledge to contribute have a seat at the table in decisions and negotiations.
    The petition is a collaborative project between the Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, the HEAL Food Alliance, the Farmworker Association of Florida, PANNA, 198 Methods, the Daily Kos, and the Organic Consumers Association, which tweeted about the key demands with the hashtag #GreenNewFoodDeal.

    "If we are to address the climate crisis, we must transform our food system," Lisa Archer, food and agriculture director for Friends of the Earth, said in a statement Thursday. "We have no time to waste."

    Jeannie Economos, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project coordinator of the Farmworker Association of Florida, pointed out that "agriculture—and the farmworker families on which it depends—are some of the first victims of a changing global climate."

    "We need a Green New Deal that centers family farmers, farm workers, and food workers," said Navina Khanna, director of the HEAL Food Alliance. "Making fundamental changes to our food and farming system is urgent and central to stabilizing our climate, and ensuring food security for current and future generations, and making sure that all people working in the system do so with meaning and dignity."

    The alliance shared a link to the petition—which is still available online for additional signatures—in a tweet Thursday:

    HEAL Food Alliance @HEAL_Food
    We need a #GreenNewFoodDeal that fixes our #food system in order to combat #climatechange. 100,000 signers (and counting!) agree that addressing food and #agriculture issues should be central to any #GreenNewDeal. http://bit.ly/greennewfooddeal … RT!
    With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System' https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/19/petition-congress-100000-people-demand-green-new-deal-fixes-our-food-system Jessica Corbett, staff writer A coalition of environmental, farmworker, public health, and food safety advocacy groups on Thursday delivered to Congress a petition signed by more than 100,000 people which calls for a Green New Deal "that fixes our food system" to combat the climate crisis. The petition echoes a letter that more than 300 organizations sent to federal lawmakers in April on behalf of their millions of members. The letter came about two months after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the historic Green New Deal resolution supported by a growing grassroots movement and dozens of Democrats in Congress. "Supporting family farms, achieving universal access to healthy foods, and investing in sustainable farming and land-use practices that increase soil health are critical components of any comprehensive Green New Deal," declares the new petition, which notes that in addition to being a top generator of jobs, the U.S. food and farming sector is also a top generator of planet-heating emissions. "To reduce emissions and bolster our nation's resilience in the face of the climate crisis, we must enact policies that transform unsustainable industrial agriculture, reduce food sector consolidation, as well as empower farmers and ranchers to adopt organic and agroecological practices," the petition says. "These policies must support diversified and ecologically regenerative farming techniques that reduce greenhouse gases and other pollution, boost soil health, and sequester carbon in soil—enhancing local and regional food security, economic well-being, and biodiversity." The petition outlines specific food and farming policies that signatories believe should be prioritized in the Green New Deal: Carbon reduction, sequestration, and climate resilience; Fair prices for farmers, ranchers, and fishers; antitrust measures that help reverse food sector consolidation; and healthy working conditions with family-sustaining living wages for workers; Diversified, resilient local, and regional food economies anchored by family farmers; ranchers and fishers that ensure healthy, sustainable food for all to combat consolidation in the food and farming sector; and reverse the rapid loss of farmers and deterioration of farmland; Avoid "false solutions" and agribusiness-sponsored proposals that do nothing to address the systemic causes of our climate crisis and delay progress; Protection for workers, rural communities, consumer health and soil productivity through the transition away from harmful agrochemical use in agricultural practices and production; Ensure that those most affected by the exploitation of people and the environment of the current agricultural system and who have experience and knowledge to contribute have a seat at the table in decisions and negotiations. The petition is a collaborative project between the Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, the HEAL Food Alliance, the Farmworker Association of Florida, PANNA, 198 Methods, the Daily Kos, and the Organic Consumers Association, which tweeted about the key demands with the hashtag #GreenNewFoodDeal. "If we are to address the climate crisis, we must transform our food system," Lisa Archer, food and agriculture director for Friends of the Earth, said in a statement Thursday. "We have no time to waste." Jeannie Economos, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project coordinator of the Farmworker Association of Florida, pointed out that "agriculture—and the farmworker families on which it depends—are some of the first victims of a changing global climate." "We need a Green New Deal that centers family farmers, farm workers, and food workers," said Navina Khanna, director of the HEAL Food Alliance. "Making fundamental changes to our food and farming system is urgent and central to stabilizing our climate, and ensuring food security for current and future generations, and making sure that all people working in the system do so with meaning and dignity." The alliance shared a link to the petition—which is still available online for additional signatures—in a tweet Thursday: HEAL Food Alliance @HEAL_Food We need a #GreenNewFoodDeal that fixes our #food system in order to combat #climatechange. 100,000 signers (and counting!) agree that addressing food and #agriculture issues should be central to any #GreenNewDeal. http://bit.ly/greennewfooddeal … RT!
    With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System'
    "We can't solve the climate crisis without taking food & ag into account!"
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  • The Road to a Green New Deal
    THIS is what winning looks like!

    We brought the movement for a #GreenNewDeal to every corner of the country.

    Thousands of ordinary people showed up all across America because they were ready to learn what the Green New Deal could mean for the future of their communities.

    We are ready for ambitious leadership that will make the #GreenNewDeal a number one priority and treat the climate crisis like the emergency it is.
    https://youtu.be/NpRdcP4TxU0
    The Sunrise Movement 6/19/19
    The Road to a Green New Deal THIS is what winning looks like! We brought the movement for a #GreenNewDeal to every corner of the country. Thousands of ordinary people showed up all across America because they were ready to learn what the Green New Deal could mean for the future of their communities. We are ready for ambitious leadership that will make the #GreenNewDeal a number one priority and treat the climate crisis like the emergency it is. https://youtu.be/NpRdcP4TxU0 The Sunrise Movement 6/19/19
    The Road to a Green New Deal
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  • Warren's New $2 Trillion Green Manufacturing Plan Welcomed as 'Win-Win' for Climate and Workers
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/04/warrens-new-2-trillion-green-manufacturing-plan-welcomed-win-win-climate-and-workers
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    As new polling showed Tuesday that public support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign has continued to rise as she's introduced a series of ambitious policy proposals, the Democratic candidate unveiled a $2 trillion renewable energy and green manufacturing plan welcomed by climate campaigners as a boon for both the planet and U.S. workers.

    "With this plan, Elizabeth Warren is seizing the enormous opportunity that transitioning to 100 percent clean energy represents for people across the country," Greenpeace USA senior climate campaigner Jack Shapiro said in a statement.

    "The renewable energy economy is a win-win for our climate and communities, and should be at the core of any plan to create jobs and spur innovation."

    In a Medium post published Tuesday, Warren detailed her green manufacturing plan, which she described as "part of how I'll implement my commitment to a Green New Deal" and just the first of several proposals under her new economic patriotism agenda.

    Noting that "over the next decade, the expected market for clean energy technology in emerging economies alone is $23 trillion," Warren wrote that she hopes to enable the United States to dominate that market by developing, manufacturing, and exporting "the technology the world needs to confront the existential threat of climate change."

    To achieve market dominance, she explained, the U.S. government would use revenue from her proposed Real Corporate Profits Tax to "invest $2 trillion over the next 10 years in green research, manufacturing, and exporting — linking American innovation directly to American jobs, and helping achieve the ambitious targets of the Green New Deal."

    Warren's green manufacturing plan has three parts:

    The Green Apollo Program would commit "$400 billion in funding over the next 10 years for clean energy research and development — more than 10 times what we invested in the last 10 years."

    The Green Industrial Mobilization would involve "a $1.5 trillion federal procurement commitment over the next 10 years to purchase American-made clean, renewable, and emission-free energy products for federal, state, and local use, and for export."

    The Green Marshall Plan would include the creation of "a new federal office dedicated to selling American-made clean, renewable, and emission-free energy technology abroad and a $100 billion commitment to assisting countries to purchase and deploy this technology."

    "The climate crisis demands immediate and bold action," Warren wrote, reiterating her support for a fair and just transition that's called for in the Green New Deal resolution introduced in Congress earlier this year.

    Referencing the World War II era, she added, "Like we have before, we should bank on American ingenuity and American workers to lead the global effort to face down this threat — and create more than a million good jobs here at home."

    The youth-led Sunrise Movement, in a series of tweets, said Warren's plan "shows clearly that she understands the frame of the #GreenNewDeal, the lessons from our history it draws upon, and that she is committed to mobilizing the federal government towards the scale of its ambition if elected."

    In a statement, Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, the North America director for 350 Action, praised "the international focus of her plan, the acknowledgement of the United States's disproportionate pollution, and the commitment to aiding under-invested countries that are already suffering from the climate crisis as a critical part of America's responsibility to the world."

    The green manufacturing plan, according to Warren, is the first of many plans she intends to unveil in the coming weeks that fall under her broader "agenda of economic patriotism," which she described as "using new and existing tools to defend and create quality American jobs and promote American industry."

    One of the other ways Warren would pursue this agenda is by creating a new federal agency, the Department of Economic Development, which would "replace the Commerce Department, subsume other agencies like the Small Business Administration and the Patent and Trademark Office, and include research and development programs, worker training programs, and export and trade authorities like the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative."

    Warren outlined her vision of economic patriotism in a video posted on social media Tuesday:

    Zach Carter, in a piece for HuffPost Tuesday, pointed out that Warren's broad economic platform follows a series of "ambitious, meticulously detailed" plans on everything from breaking up big tech giants like Amazon and Google to forgiving student debt and establishing universal childcare. However, he argued, the economic platform that she discussed in Detroit Tuesday "is a little different."

    The Massachusetts Democrat's economic agenda for the nation "retains Warren's wonk-flair," Carter wrote, "but the heart of her proposal is ideological rather than technical. Warren is making a crystal-clear statement of principles, and an equally plain break with the past 30 years of American trade policy―up to and including the presidency of Donald Trump."

    The presidential hopeful's "astonishing plan for economic patriotism" was celebrated by Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, as "in a class by itself, even for Warren."

    "Warren's proposal does nothing less than turn inside out the globalist assumptions pursued by the past several administrations, Democrat and Republican alike," Kuttner wrote Tuesday.

    "With this plan, Warren has begun an overdue debate that she deserves to win, both intellectually and politically. And she has demonstrated once again her potential as a powerful force against Donald Trump."
    Warren's New $2 Trillion Green Manufacturing Plan Welcomed as 'Win-Win' for Climate and Workers https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/04/warrens-new-2-trillion-green-manufacturing-plan-welcomed-win-win-climate-and-workers Jessica Corbett, staff writer As new polling showed Tuesday that public support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign has continued to rise as she's introduced a series of ambitious policy proposals, the Democratic candidate unveiled a $2 trillion renewable energy and green manufacturing plan welcomed by climate campaigners as a boon for both the planet and U.S. workers. "With this plan, Elizabeth Warren is seizing the enormous opportunity that transitioning to 100 percent clean energy represents for people across the country," Greenpeace USA senior climate campaigner Jack Shapiro said in a statement. "The renewable energy economy is a win-win for our climate and communities, and should be at the core of any plan to create jobs and spur innovation." In a Medium post published Tuesday, Warren detailed her green manufacturing plan, which she described as "part of how I'll implement my commitment to a Green New Deal" and just the first of several proposals under her new economic patriotism agenda. Noting that "over the next decade, the expected market for clean energy technology in emerging economies alone is $23 trillion," Warren wrote that she hopes to enable the United States to dominate that market by developing, manufacturing, and exporting "the technology the world needs to confront the existential threat of climate change." To achieve market dominance, she explained, the U.S. government would use revenue from her proposed Real Corporate Profits Tax to "invest $2 trillion over the next 10 years in green research, manufacturing, and exporting — linking American innovation directly to American jobs, and helping achieve the ambitious targets of the Green New Deal." Warren's green manufacturing plan has three parts: The Green Apollo Program would commit "$400 billion in funding over the next 10 years for clean energy research and development — more than 10 times what we invested in the last 10 years." The Green Industrial Mobilization would involve "a $1.5 trillion federal procurement commitment over the next 10 years to purchase American-made clean, renewable, and emission-free energy products for federal, state, and local use, and for export." The Green Marshall Plan would include the creation of "a new federal office dedicated to selling American-made clean, renewable, and emission-free energy technology abroad and a $100 billion commitment to assisting countries to purchase and deploy this technology." "The climate crisis demands immediate and bold action," Warren wrote, reiterating her support for a fair and just transition that's called for in the Green New Deal resolution introduced in Congress earlier this year. Referencing the World War II era, she added, "Like we have before, we should bank on American ingenuity and American workers to lead the global effort to face down this threat — and create more than a million good jobs here at home." The youth-led Sunrise Movement, in a series of tweets, said Warren's plan "shows clearly that she understands the frame of the #GreenNewDeal, the lessons from our history it draws upon, and that she is committed to mobilizing the federal government towards the scale of its ambition if elected." In a statement, Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, the North America director for 350 Action, praised "the international focus of her plan, the acknowledgement of the United States's disproportionate pollution, and the commitment to aiding under-invested countries that are already suffering from the climate crisis as a critical part of America's responsibility to the world." The green manufacturing plan, according to Warren, is the first of many plans she intends to unveil in the coming weeks that fall under her broader "agenda of economic patriotism," which she described as "using new and existing tools to defend and create quality American jobs and promote American industry." One of the other ways Warren would pursue this agenda is by creating a new federal agency, the Department of Economic Development, which would "replace the Commerce Department, subsume other agencies like the Small Business Administration and the Patent and Trademark Office, and include research and development programs, worker training programs, and export and trade authorities like the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative." Warren outlined her vision of economic patriotism in a video posted on social media Tuesday: Zach Carter, in a piece for HuffPost Tuesday, pointed out that Warren's broad economic platform follows a series of "ambitious, meticulously detailed" plans on everything from breaking up big tech giants like Amazon and Google to forgiving student debt and establishing universal childcare. However, he argued, the economic platform that she discussed in Detroit Tuesday "is a little different." The Massachusetts Democrat's economic agenda for the nation "retains Warren's wonk-flair," Carter wrote, "but the heart of her proposal is ideological rather than technical. Warren is making a crystal-clear statement of principles, and an equally plain break with the past 30 years of American trade policy―up to and including the presidency of Donald Trump." The presidential hopeful's "astonishing plan for economic patriotism" was celebrated by Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, as "in a class by itself, even for Warren." "Warren's proposal does nothing less than turn inside out the globalist assumptions pursued by the past several administrations, Democrat and Republican alike," Kuttner wrote Tuesday. "With this plan, Warren has begun an overdue debate that she deserves to win, both intellectually and politically. And she has demonstrated once again her potential as a powerful force against Donald Trump."
    Warren's New $2 Trillion Green Manufacturing Plan Welcomed as 'Win-Win' for Climate and Workers
    "With this plan, Elizabeth Warren is seizing the enormous opportunity that transitioning to 100 percent clean energy represents for people across the country."
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  • As Youth-Led Campaign Kicks Off, Poll Shows Majority of Canadians Want a Green New Deal, Too
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/18/youth-led-campaign-kicks-poll-shows-majority-canadians-want-green-new-deal-too
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    A new poll shows that the majority of Canadians want a Green New Deal to address the global climate crisis and economic injustice, as a youth-led campaign kicks off in the North American country to demand just that.

    Ottawa-based polling firm Abacus Data asked 2,000 Canadians whether they support or oppose "a massive government jobs program and investment in clean energy, green technology, and electrification" that "would aim to move Canada to 100 percent clean energy by 2030 and make it so Canada produces and consumes the same amount of carbon emissions by 2050."

    Sixty-one percent of respondents said they support or somewhat support the proposal, recently popularized by a growing grassroots movement in the United States and progressive Democrats in the U.S. Congress.

    When pollsters asked Canadians if they would back a deal that "required corporations and the wealthy to pay higher taxes," support for the proposal shot up to 66 percent.

    The survey was commissioned by North99, a Canadian nonprofit composed of "progressive people united by a concern about rising inequality and the increasing influence of the far-right."

    Responding to the polling results in a statement to The Toronto Star, North99 co-director Taylor Scallion said:

    "The conversation among politicians has revolved around pollution pricing, but climate change is an existential challenge and requires a solution that matches its scale. Canadians know we need a much broader mobilization against climate change."

    The newspaper's report on Wednesday came as a coalition of young Canadians launched Our Time, a non-partisan campaign backed by international environmental group 350.org and local hubs across Canada.

    With the country's next federal election planned for October, Our Time is urging voters to sign a pledge to support candidates that endorse a Green New Deal for the country.

    "Canada needs a Green New Deal to fight the climate crisis at the scale that science and justice demand," said Amber Dyck an organizer with the Our Time Ottawa hub.

    "The time of our political leaders doing business as usual is done, we're tired of watching politicians fail to take this crisis seriously. This is our time to decide and our time for a Green New Deal."

    The campaign's website lays out four key goals for a Canadian Green New Deal:

    It meets the scale and urgency of the climate crisis, listening to and basing its prescriptions for climate action on the best available science.

    It creates millions of good jobs through a historic economic mobilization to get Canada to 100 percent renewable energy that works for everyone.

    It enshrines dignity, justice, and equity for all, ensuring climate solutions are solutions that lift up all communities and reflect the reality that front line, marginalized, and Indigenous communities are bearing the brunt of fossil fuel and climate impacts.

    It works in service of real reconciliation—respecting the rights, title, and sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples.

    "We don't live single-issue lives and climate change isn't a single-issue problem," said Avery Shannon, of Our Time's Vancouver hub.

    "If we want to tackle climate change, we have to tackle inequality; from the indigenous frontlines to disability justice. Our vision for this Green New Deal is to address all of that and more."

    "People in Canada overwhelmingly want bold, transformative action on climate. And it's even more popular when you suggest the rich should pay more taxes to fund it," Canadian writer and social justice activist Derrick O'Keefe tweeted about the poll's findings.

    "Let's make this the frame of this year's federal election."

    The results were also welcomed by the U.S.-based, youth-led Sunrise Movement—which launched a nationwide tour Thursday to build support for the Green New Deal resolution that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced in February with dozens of Democratic co-sponsors.

    With a nod to the widespread support among Americans for the resolution, the group tweeted, "The #GreenNewDeal is taking off in Canada and...it's incredibly popular there too!"
    As Youth-Led Campaign Kicks Off, Poll Shows Majority of Canadians Want a Green New Deal, Too https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/18/youth-led-campaign-kicks-poll-shows-majority-canadians-want-green-new-deal-too Jessica Corbett, staff writer A new poll shows that the majority of Canadians want a Green New Deal to address the global climate crisis and economic injustice, as a youth-led campaign kicks off in the North American country to demand just that. Ottawa-based polling firm Abacus Data asked 2,000 Canadians whether they support or oppose "a massive government jobs program and investment in clean energy, green technology, and electrification" that "would aim to move Canada to 100 percent clean energy by 2030 and make it so Canada produces and consumes the same amount of carbon emissions by 2050." Sixty-one percent of respondents said they support or somewhat support the proposal, recently popularized by a growing grassroots movement in the United States and progressive Democrats in the U.S. Congress. When pollsters asked Canadians if they would back a deal that "required corporations and the wealthy to pay higher taxes," support for the proposal shot up to 66 percent. The survey was commissioned by North99, a Canadian nonprofit composed of "progressive people united by a concern about rising inequality and the increasing influence of the far-right." Responding to the polling results in a statement to The Toronto Star, North99 co-director Taylor Scallion said: "The conversation among politicians has revolved around pollution pricing, but climate change is an existential challenge and requires a solution that matches its scale. Canadians know we need a much broader mobilization against climate change." The newspaper's report on Wednesday came as a coalition of young Canadians launched Our Time, a non-partisan campaign backed by international environmental group 350.org and local hubs across Canada. With the country's next federal election planned for October, Our Time is urging voters to sign a pledge to support candidates that endorse a Green New Deal for the country. "Canada needs a Green New Deal to fight the climate crisis at the scale that science and justice demand," said Amber Dyck an organizer with the Our Time Ottawa hub. "The time of our political leaders doing business as usual is done, we're tired of watching politicians fail to take this crisis seriously. This is our time to decide and our time for a Green New Deal." The campaign's website lays out four key goals for a Canadian Green New Deal: It meets the scale and urgency of the climate crisis, listening to and basing its prescriptions for climate action on the best available science. It creates millions of good jobs through a historic economic mobilization to get Canada to 100 percent renewable energy that works for everyone. It enshrines dignity, justice, and equity for all, ensuring climate solutions are solutions that lift up all communities and reflect the reality that front line, marginalized, and Indigenous communities are bearing the brunt of fossil fuel and climate impacts. It works in service of real reconciliation—respecting the rights, title, and sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples. "We don't live single-issue lives and climate change isn't a single-issue problem," said Avery Shannon, of Our Time's Vancouver hub. "If we want to tackle climate change, we have to tackle inequality; from the indigenous frontlines to disability justice. Our vision for this Green New Deal is to address all of that and more." "People in Canada overwhelmingly want bold, transformative action on climate. And it's even more popular when you suggest the rich should pay more taxes to fund it," Canadian writer and social justice activist Derrick O'Keefe tweeted about the poll's findings. "Let's make this the frame of this year's federal election." The results were also welcomed by the U.S.-based, youth-led Sunrise Movement—which launched a nationwide tour Thursday to build support for the Green New Deal resolution that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced in February with dozens of Democratic co-sponsors. With a nod to the widespread support among Americans for the resolution, the group tweeted, "The #GreenNewDeal is taking off in Canada and...it's incredibly popular there too!"
    As Youth-Led Campaign Kicks Off, Poll Shows Majority of Canadians Want a Green New Deal, Too
    "Canada needs a Green New Deal to fight the climate crisis at the scale that science and justice demand."
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  • 300+ Groups to Congress: #GreenNewDeal 'Must Transform Our Food System and Revitalize Rural America'
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/10/300-groups-congress-greennewdeal-must-transform-our-food-system-and-revitalize-rural
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    "To address the climate crisis, the Green New Deal must transform our food system and revitalize rural America," a large coalition of green groups told Congress Wednesday.

    The demand came in a letter (pdf) that more than 300 ranching, fishing, farm-worker, food, agriculture, consumer, public health, and environmental organizations sent to lawmakers on behalf of their millions of members.

    In February, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the historic Green New Deal resolution, backed by dozens of other Democratic lawmakers and a growing grassroots movement of Americans frustrated with Republican lawmakers and the Trump administration's attacks on climate and environmental protection efforts—as well as insufficiently bold measures by Democrats to tackle the global crisis.

    "As the Green New Deal moves forward with proposals to combat the climate crisis while creating millions of jobs and ensuring a just transition to a sustainable future," says the coalition's letter, "America's farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who feed the nation must be at the center of this policy agenda, not on the sidelines."

    "To reduce emissions and bolster our nation's resilience in the face of the climate crisis," the letter continues, "we must enact policies that transform unsustainable industrial agriculture, reduce food sector consolidation, and empower farmers and ranchers to adopt organic and agroecological practices."

    Noting that "the original New Deal helped America's farmers survive the Great Depression and feed our nation while restoring farmlands and soil," the letter points out that the Green New Deal can benefit the climate and the environment while also "ensuring fair prices and family-sustaining livable wages for the farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who bring food to our tables."

    As Friends of the Earth outlined in a statement, the coalition's letter details four key policy priorities for the Green New Deal:

    Carbon reduction, sequestration, and climate resilience via a rapid, just transition that empowers farmers and ranchers to adopt ecologically regenerative, organic, and agroecological practices;

    Fair prices for farmers, ranchers, and fishers, anti-trust measures that help reverse food sector consolidation, and healthy working conditions with family-sustaining living wages for workers;

    Diversified, resilient local and regional food economies anchored by family farmers, ranchers, and fishers that ensure healthy, sustainable food for all, combat consolidation in the food and farming sector and reverse the rapid loss of farmers and deterioration of farmland; and

    Avoid "false solutions" and agribusiness-sponsored proposals that do nothing to address the systemic causes of our climate crisis and delay progress.

    "The food system's profound ecological, social justice, and economic problems are interconnected and cannot be addressed piecemeal," the letter concludes.

    "The Green New Deal presents a unique opportunity to address the climate crisis and the deep inequities that are a fundamental threat to us all."
    300+ Groups to Congress: #GreenNewDeal 'Must Transform Our Food System and Revitalize Rural America' https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/10/300-groups-congress-greennewdeal-must-transform-our-food-system-and-revitalize-rural Jessica Corbett, staff writer "To address the climate crisis, the Green New Deal must transform our food system and revitalize rural America," a large coalition of green groups told Congress Wednesday. The demand came in a letter (pdf) that more than 300 ranching, fishing, farm-worker, food, agriculture, consumer, public health, and environmental organizations sent to lawmakers on behalf of their millions of members. In February, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the historic Green New Deal resolution, backed by dozens of other Democratic lawmakers and a growing grassroots movement of Americans frustrated with Republican lawmakers and the Trump administration's attacks on climate and environmental protection efforts—as well as insufficiently bold measures by Democrats to tackle the global crisis. "As the Green New Deal moves forward with proposals to combat the climate crisis while creating millions of jobs and ensuring a just transition to a sustainable future," says the coalition's letter, "America's farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who feed the nation must be at the center of this policy agenda, not on the sidelines." "To reduce emissions and bolster our nation's resilience in the face of the climate crisis," the letter continues, "we must enact policies that transform unsustainable industrial agriculture, reduce food sector consolidation, and empower farmers and ranchers to adopt organic and agroecological practices." Noting that "the original New Deal helped America's farmers survive the Great Depression and feed our nation while restoring farmlands and soil," the letter points out that the Green New Deal can benefit the climate and the environment while also "ensuring fair prices and family-sustaining livable wages for the farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who bring food to our tables." As Friends of the Earth outlined in a statement, the coalition's letter details four key policy priorities for the Green New Deal: Carbon reduction, sequestration, and climate resilience via a rapid, just transition that empowers farmers and ranchers to adopt ecologically regenerative, organic, and agroecological practices; Fair prices for farmers, ranchers, and fishers, anti-trust measures that help reverse food sector consolidation, and healthy working conditions with family-sustaining living wages for workers; Diversified, resilient local and regional food economies anchored by family farmers, ranchers, and fishers that ensure healthy, sustainable food for all, combat consolidation in the food and farming sector and reverse the rapid loss of farmers and deterioration of farmland; and Avoid "false solutions" and agribusiness-sponsored proposals that do nothing to address the systemic causes of our climate crisis and delay progress. "The food system's profound ecological, social justice, and economic problems are interconnected and cannot be addressed piecemeal," the letter concludes. "The Green New Deal presents a unique opportunity to address the climate crisis and the deep inequities that are a fundamental threat to us all."
    300+ Groups to Congress: #GreenNewDeal 'Must Transform Our Food System and Revitalize Rural America'
    "America's farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who feed the nation must be at the center of this policy agenda, not on the sidelines."
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