AFL-CIO and 160 local labor unions back Maine’s Green New Deal: “It’s basically an economic and job growth strategy for Maine.”

Climate Progress, by Kyla Mandel, April 16, 2019 400 STUDENTS FROM KING MIDDLE SCHOOL GATHER AT PORTLAND CITY HALL PLAZA IN MAINE AFTER THEY MARCHED FROM THE SCHOOL TO PROMOTE CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS. (CREDIT: BY GORDON CHIBROSKI/PORTLAND PRESS HERALD VIA GETTY IMAGES) The Maine American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which represents over 160 local labor unions …

Everything else in the Green New Deal: Niskanen Center perspective concludes, “Insular policymaking via cooperation among political officials and interest groups” is what you need

Policy change is not reliably driven by electoral outcomes or public opinion. It is instead a product of intense insider activity to overcome profound status quo biases in the political system—biases that are not easily moved by external political pressure or material resources. A review of the political histories of the most significant policy changes over the past 70 years (a universe of 790 legislative …

The Green New Deal and the case against incremental climate policy: The only way Democrats can hope to pass climate legislation is by radically shaking up the status quo balance of powers.

Plenty imagine that they might appeal to the centrist legislators of their fantasies, but none discuss policy proposals in terms of their ability to marshal grassroots energy on the side of the aisle that actually cares about global warming. None contemplates how to build the power to force change, as opposed to persuading status quo powers to accept it. The GND theory …

Exxon predicted in 1982 exactly how high global carbon emissions would be today. Seas were 75 ft higher last time CO2 levels were this high

World continues to follow high emissions growth pathway that Exxon projected in 1982 SUN SETS ON THE BAO STEEL MILL IN BAOTOU, INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA. BAOTOU, A ONE-INDUSTRY TOWN, IS ALSO NOTORIOUS AS A BIG POLLUTER, MOSTLY FROM THE LARGE BAO STEEL FACTORY. (PHOTO CREDIT: RYAN PYLE/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES) KYLA MANDEL, Climate Progress, MAY 14, 2019, Exxon predicted in 1982 exactly …

The Guardian view on a Green New Deal: we need it now. Policymakers ought not wait for economic theory to catch up with the environmental crisis

Editorial Sun 12 May 2019 The Guardian Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email The Green New Deal – In Britain it is advocated by both Tory MPs and Jeremy Corbyn; while a non-partisan Canadian coalition of nearly 70 groups are backing such a scheme. However, it has been made flesh by US Democrats, in particular the political phenomenon in the US House of Representatives, Alexandria …

Let’s seize the moment and create a Green New Deal: We are coming together across party lines to ally the issue of climate change with social transformation

Ed Miliband, Caroline Lucas and Laura Sandys, UK Tue 30 Apr 2019 in the Guardian  ‘We need to end the opposition to onshore wind energy and position ourselves as a global centre of excellence for renewable manufacturing.’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Three things stand out from the recent youth climate strikes, the visit of Greta Thunberg and the peaceful protests of Extinction Rebellion. The first is the …