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 …

Why the Green New Deal is a touchy subject for Minnesota labor unions

The United Steelworkers, which in Minnesota represents thousands of miners and other workers, is a founding member of the BlueGreen Alliance, an organization that brings together unions and environmental advocates such as the Sierra Club.  The alliance calls for rapid reductions in greenhouse gasses and says America must commit to reducing its emissions to net zero by 2050, meet the …

Greening your life is good and well, but this is going to take systemic change

China and India currently have much lower rates of car ownership than countries in the west, but as they grow richer their new middle classes will inevitably seek to emulate western consumers. The number of cars per thousand people are as follows: the US, 811; the UK, 471; China, 179; India, 22. There are 2.8 billion people in China and India. …

Bernie Sanders’ plan calls to seize public production of power

The for-profit companies that reign over our energy system now have shown no meaningful sign of being willing to transform our energy system; they are much more interested in shareholder gains and business as usual. Together, for-profit utilities and fossil fuel companies have created powerful political-economic machines across the country to solidify the status quo of extraction and extortion. In contrast, democratic public …

Bernie Sanders’ climate plan

Calling the global climate crisis both the greatest threat facing the United States and the greatest opportunity for transformative change, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive Green New Deal proposal that would transition the U.S. economy to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million well-paying union jobs over a decade. “If fossil fuel executives and lobbyists reading Sanders’ plan …

Every American Should Be Guaranteed a Job. The Green New Deal Could Make That Happen

While a jobs guarantee is already popular—52% of Americans support it, according to a poll by Civis Analytics—polling commissioned by the Sunrise Movement indicates that a jobs guarantee focused on green jobs and climate protection is even more popular. It’s not new; President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed a “second Bill of Rights” in his 1944 State of the Union, a list of …

Seattle City Council passes resolution advancing Green New Deal

Katie Pyzyk 14 Aug 2019 in Utility Dive The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for the passage of a federal Green New Deal, which has generated vigorous debate in Congress, and the council committed to developing a local version. The resolution sets the standards for drawing up Seattle’s Green New Deal. It includes eliminating greenhouse gases by 2030; prioritizing low-income communities and communities …

Wait, 40 percent of white evangelicals support the Green New Deal?

Scott Olson / Getty ImagesPEW RESEARCH By Kate Yoder on Jul 29, 2019   Get your daily dose of good news from Grist Subscribe To The Beacon In the 2016 presidential election, 81 percent of white evangelical Christians voted to elect President Trump. But this core base of the Republican Party, despite Fox News’ efforts, is more receptive to large-scale action to combat climate change than you might expect. In …