Plan, Mood, Battlefield – Reflections on the Green New Deal

Thea Riofrancos May 16, 2019 Plan, Mood, Battlefield – Reflections on the Green New DealPDF Climate scientists are beginning to sound like radicals. The 2018 IPCC report concluded that “unprecedented changes across all aspects of society” would be needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In its devastating report on the dire state of the planet’s ecosystems, the UN’s panel on Biodiversity …

Ways to meet climate goals: the short list of climate actions that will work

September 29th, 2019 by Michael Barnard, Clean Technica   cleantechnica.com/2019/09/29/the-short-list-of-climate-actions-that-will-work/ I spend a lot of time critiquing solutions for low-carbon transformation, and that leads, inevitably, to people asking me: what works? What should we be doing? Most recently, that came in the form of a question on Quora that was well enough formed to trigger me to write down the solution set: “What exactly …

Transitions that work: The principles include strong governmental support, dedicated funding streams, strong and diverse coalitions, and economic diversification

The principles include strong governmental support, dedicated funding streams, strong and diverse coalitions, and economic diversification. The case of Tonawanda, New York, where the coal-fired power plant shut down, highlights how many of these principles work in practice. There, a diverse coalition, including the Kenmore Teachers Association, the Western New York Area Labor Federation, the United Steelworkers of America, Tonawanda, …

Green New Deal Plus Clean Energy for Developing World

Only a Global Green New Deal Can Save the Planet. And Bernie Sanders has a plan for that. By Tom Athanasiou, Sept 17, 2019, The Nation Unveiled on August 22, when his presidential campaign visited Paradise, California, the once-idyllic town incinerated by last summer’s record wildfires, Sanders’s Green New Deal envisions “a ten-year, nationwide mobilization centered around justice and equity.” …

Al Gore: We can do it, but we need significant policy change and new people in office

Sept. 20, 2019, NYTimes Things take longer to happen than you think they will, but then they happen much faster than you thought they could. The destructive impacts of the climate crisis are now following the trajectory of that economics maxim as horrors long predicted by scientists are becoming realities. More destructive Category 5 hurricanes are developing, monster fires ignite and …

Getting to 100% in Cities

by John Farrell, ILSR, 2018. Updated presentation. Resolutions Go for 100%: Over 70 U.S. cities have set goals to get all of their electricity from renewable sources within 15-20 years, offering lower costs and more local energy production. Listen to podcasts with the pioneers––http://bit.ly/VoicesOf100 Commit to developing local renewable energy: In Taos, N.M., and Minneapolis, Minn., city officials have set …

Curbed, Sept 2019 But before any new infrastructure can be designed, we have to reframe what infrastructure actually means in America’s consciousness. “Right now the term ‘infrastructure’ as used by politicians is problematic,” says Vishaan Chakrabarti, an architect, incoming dean at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and author A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America. In the …

Climate Strike Demands

Here are the demands of the Climate Strike listed at https://strikewithus.org/#demands Green New Deal Transform our economy to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030 and phase out all fossil fuel extraction through a just and equitable transition, creating millions of good jobs A halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, processing and infrastructure projects immediately  Indigenous Sovereignty Honor …

What George Carlin Taught Us About Media Propaganda by Omission: On Bernie Sanders, Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal

September 16, 2019 by Jeff Cohen in Common Dreams It is instructive when you realize what news outlets are doing when they only give you the “partial score.”by Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the Spin Room after the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision …