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Green New Deal News ~ March 1st

Green New Deal News ~ March 1st

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Every week at the Lab Report we’re collecting the latest news and info on developments with the Green New Deal. For more news right to your inbox, be sure to sign up for emails and updates below. Here’s the top Green New Deal news from the week: (more…)
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How a Green Tennessee Valley Authority Could Lead a Green New Deal

How a Green Tennessee Valley Authority Could Lead a Green New Deal

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A utility established by FDR’s original New Deal could be the key to jump-starting the Green New Deal. As the nation’s largest public utility, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is in a unique position to provide a big boost to a new, green economy. Currently operating in seven southern states, an expanded coverage area and green initiatives for the TVA may be a key step in revolutionizing the nation’s energy infrastructure. In a recent report by the People’s Policy Project (PPP), founder Matt Bruenig suggests that, “A Green TVA should be one of the government’s primary approaches to increasing the supply of clean energy. Because it is a federally-owned corporation, it can be used directly by the government to achieve energy transition goals.” History and Coverage area of TVAIn 1933,…
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Green New Deal News ~ February, 16

Green New Deal News ~ February, 16

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Every week at the Lab Report we’re collecting the latest news and info on developments with the Green New Deal. For more news right to your inbox, be sure to sign up for emails and updates below. Here’s the top Green New Deal news from the week: (more…)
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Why Green Banking May Help Create a Green New Deal

Why Green Banking May Help Create a Green New Deal

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Colorado is going green in a whole new way. At a climate change conference in Poland late last year, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced that the state would be implementing a Clean Energy Fund in 2019. Colorado’s the latest state to join an ever-growing list establishing green financial mechanisms. Green Banks, like the newly-formed Green Bank of Colorado, focus on funneling public and private funds into clean energy initiatives. This is a big financial step that could set into motion some of the goals of the Green New Deal.The Green New Deal, or GND, is a proposal to restructure the national economy and reduce the impacts of environmental pollution. Colorado’s new green banking strategy is part of the state’s climate plan, which commits to reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions…
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Green New Deal News ~ February, 8

Green New Deal News ~ February, 8

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Every week at the Lab Report we’re collecting the latest news and info on developments with the Green New Deal. For more news right to your inbox, be sure to sign up for emails and updates below. Here’s the top Green New Deal news from the week: (more…)
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How Tax Changes Could Help a Green New Deal

How Tax Changes Could Help a Green New Deal

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If the Green New Deal is going to succeed, we will likely need major changes to the country’s energy tax structure; changes that would eliminate big tax cuts and subsidies for the oil and gas industry and instead encourage renewables. Bill’s like Senator Ron Wyden’s Clean Energy for America Act (introduced in 2017-18), could help level the playing field for clean energy, giving a boost to development efforts like the Green New Deal. Currently, Big Oil profits enormously from federal tax cuts and subsidies that come from the pockets of American taxpayers. Green energy companies don’t see nearly the same tax incentives that the oil and gas industry has spent nearly a century building up. For instance, if a company invests in putting up a new oil well one year, they can…
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Green New Deal News ~ January, 24

Green New Deal News ~ January, 24

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Every week at the Lab Report we’re collecting the latest news and info on developments with the Green New Deal. For more news right to your inbox, be sure to sign up for emails and updates below. Here’s the top Green New Deal news from the week: (more…)
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Green New Deal Popular With Both Parties…for now

Green New Deal Popular With Both Parties…for now

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The concepts behind a Green New Deal are currently widely popular with members of both political parties. But there's a catch. Most don't know much about it...The Green New Deal (GND), in its most basic sense, is a robust series of programs involving investment in clean energy jobs and infrastructure resulting in transformation of the energy sector, and the economy overall. In addition to these massive investments into clean energy programs, citizens are given a federal-job guarantee, and there is a transformative effect on the U.S. economy.The concept of a GND in the US was first mentioned in a column written by Thomas Friedman in 2007 and expanded upon in his subsequent book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded. It was also included as part of Barack Obama's campaign platform in 2008.…
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