Green New Deal Roundup ~ January, 4

Every week at the Lab Report we’re collecting the latest news and info on developments with the Green New Deal. For more news and info be sure to sign up for emails and updates below. Here’s the top Green New Deal posts from the week:

#1: With a Green New Deal, Here’s What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation

author: Kate Aronoff source: The Intercept 

Climate journalist Kate Aronoff paints a picture of what a Green New Deal may look like for the next generation. This vision includes nods to the guaranteed jobs portion of the GND as well as a healthcare system that no longer forces employers to pick up the tab for medical coverage. With a host of new democratic representatives signing on to a measure creating a select House committee to explore the issue, progress may be made. for a Green New Deal to tasked with crafting, over the course of a year, a comprehensive plan to move the U.S. away from fossil fuels by 2030 and accomplish seven goals related to decarbonizing the economy.

#4: The Game-Changing Promise of a Green New Deal
author: Naomi Klien source: The Intercept 

Naomi Klein offers some in-depth perspective on the history of climate change politics over the last 10 years and the very real difference that having top level politicians active on an issue can make. “This is the game-changer of having representatives in Congress rooted in working-class struggles for living-wage jobs and for nontoxic air and water —.”

#3: We Can Pay For A Green New Deal
author: Stephanie Kelton, Andres Bernal, and Greg Carlock  source: Huffington Post

In an opinion piece for the Huffington Post, authors Stephanie Kelton, Andres Bernal, and Greg Carlock explain the mindset changes that will need to take place to finance a Green New Deal on a scale that’s needed. They argue that “a Green New Deal can create good-paying jobs while redressing economic and environmental inequities. One policy vision, by the progressive think tank Data for Progress, is based on a foundation of equity and justice. It proposes a transition to a low-carbon economy using clean and renewable energy, the restoration of forests and wetlands, and the build-up of resilience in both rural and urban communities.”

#4: How to Make the Next Green New Deal Work

author: Edward Barbier   source: Nature
Economist and author Edward Barbier of a Global Green New Deal highlights the factors a Green New Deal must entail based on past experiences. “As the 116th US Congress begins, a coalition is growing around an ambitious Green New Deal. If successful, a new House of Representatives committee would craft a 10-year plan to shift away from polluting industries, embrace green infrastructure and produce 100% of energy from renewables, improving prospects for US workers.” Barbier argues though that “To make green investments pay off, policymakers must learn from past mistakes and stop subsidizing polluters.”

Green New Deal in the States

#5: Oil Companies Spent Millions to Defeat Green New Deal in Washington State
author: C.J. Polychroniou   source: truthout


To understand the challenges that getting meaningful climate legislation passed, we need look no further than the number of state based ballot initiatives that went down in defeat this fall. C.J. Polychroniou examines how a monumental carbon tax went down to defeat in Washington State. “Record amounts of money were spent trying to derail the efforts of activists and labor unions fighting to save the environment.” Polychroniou also interviews state AFL-CIO President Jeff Johnson about the effort.