Another take on how to accomplish a GND

Energy Innovation’s take on how to accomplish a Green New Deal Following a year in which U.S. carbon emissions from energy rose, after years of declines, Green New Deal (GND) proponents are calling for a plan to convert 100% of the electricity supply to renewable energy, among other decarbonization initiatives. The big picture: Although a massive undertaking, this energy transition is technologically feasible and …

New York Clean Energy Mandate (RPS standard) to be 70% in 2030

Excerpt from Clean Technica, Cuomo Announces Mammoth Offshore Wind & Distributed Solar Increases, January 16th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill Focusing specifically on the renewable energy aspects of his policy promises, Governor Cuomo unveiled a plan to mandate 100% clean energy by 2040 — the most aggressive such goal in the United States which, if approved, would set a target five years …

The 1.5C target is still physically possible and dependent on choices now. Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change. All new cars, energy etc. should use renewables and be emission free

Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change – study There is widespread coverage of a new study published in Nature Communications which concludes that “climate change could be kept in check if a phaseout of all fossil fuel infrastructure were to begin immediately”. The Guardian adds: “The study found that if all fossil fuel infrastructure – power plants, factories, vehicles, …

Minnesota youth press lawmakers 10 point Green New Deal platform

Frank Jossi, January 10, 2019, Energy News, Minnesota youth call for urgent action on climate from new governor The student group held a news conference Wednesday asking for new regulations on greenhouse gases and fossil fuels. A group of high school students Wednesday asked Minnesota’s new governor to pass an executive order to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and propose a plan …

626 environmental organizations demand a Green New Deal

On behalf of their millions of members and supporters, 626 environmental organizations on Thursday demanded that U.S. policymakers “pursue visionary and affirmative legislative action” such as a Green New Deal to combat the “urgent threat” of the global climate crisis. Angela Adrar of Climate Justice Alliance, a signatory, emphasized that “such a new, green economy needs to be guided by the leadership …

Developing the details of a Green New Deal. “If they’re not going to develop the plan,” says Evan Weber of Sunrise, “we will. We’ll get together the scientists, the engineers, the community leaders…”

From David Roberts, Kate Aronoff, and more… A Green New Deal would require a plan that fully decarbonizes the economy, invests trillions of dollars, and provides a federal job guarantee, while addressing and mitigating historical inequalities. (Oh, and it might also include such “additional measures such as basic income programs [or] universal health care programs.”) Preferably, no one who receives any …

Getting to zero in heating, in conjunction with utilities, in urban/development policy, and with the Green New Deal

Empowering Utilities to Participate in the Clean-Energy Transition – Part II, Part 2: Aligning Energy Demand with Renewable Energy Production in Oregon January 9, 2019  |  By Todd Zeranski & David Labrador This is the second blog in a three-part series. The first blog, Renewable Heating in Juneau, Alaska, is available here. One of the central challenges in transitioning to a more distributed and …

2018 policy notes on jobs guarantee programs

By Matt Bruenig, People’s Policy Project, 2018 Discussion around the idea of a job guarantee has picked up of late (CBPP, The Nation, Sanders Institute I, II). As with any idea that attracts a sizable number of adherents, the term “job guarantee” means lots of different things to a lot of different people, which makes it a difficult thing to talk about in …

UK Green New Deal Group Calls for “Jobs in Every Constituency”: Return a sense of hope for the future and economic security for all

September 10th, 2018. The Green New Deal Group has launched a new report. This is a summary: Jobs in Every Constituency: A Green New Deal Election Manifesto Background To return a sense of hope for the future and economic security for all, the government and all political parties need urgently to consider embracing a ‘jobs in every constituency’ Green New Deal infrastructure programme. The Green New Deal …

Shelley Welton: Decarbonizing electricity is a social project that should be managed by politically accountable entities, working through public processes capable of chan­neling and incorporating numerous goals related to decarbonization

It must be part of a larger social conversation about how we want to live in communities in the future. These conversations are worth preserving for the public forum, in which debate, dissent, experimentation, and long-term social visions can continue to develop within and alongside decarboniza­tion policies in the coming decades. May 2018, Vol. 118, No. 4 Columbia Law Review  By Shelley …