Green New Deal Roundup ~ January, 11

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 news from the week:

#1: The Green New Deal Rises Again

author: Thomas Friedman source: New York Times

Economist Thomas Friedman revisits the ideas he proposed back in 2007, how they’ve changed, and what’s stayed the same:

“Clean energy is a problem of scaleIf you don’t have scale, you have a hobby. I like hobbies. I used to build model airplanes. But you can’t mitigate climate change as a hobby. The reason I called for a Green New Deal was first and foremost to convey that this undertaking required a massive, urgent response commensurate with the scale and time frame posed by accelerating disruptive climate….To achieve scale, though, my view was that a Green New Deal had to be embraced by more than liberals. You had to reach conservatives and even climate deniers. My way of doing that was to focus on something we can all agree on: math. There are about 7.6 billion people on the planet today and, according to the United Nations, there will be 8.6 billion in 2030. A billion more people driving, flying, eating protein, building homes and drinking water in just over a decade.”

#2: Something Old, Something New

author: Justine Calma source: Grist

The Green New Deal (as advocated by current national proponents) is sparking debate within a number of progressive circles. Author Justine Calma explores the desires that the justice community seaks when the legislation is drafted:

“There has been a lot of talk in Green New Deal circles about uplifting poor and working-class communities. Advocates have floated ideas ranging from a job-guarantee program offering a living wage to anyone who wants one to explicitly ensuring the rights of workers to form a union. But as workers’ rights organizations point out, energy and extractive industries have provided unionized, high-paying jobs for a long time — and they want to make sure workers can have the same or a better quality of life within green industries.”

#3: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, activist groups map out next steps in Green New Deal fight
author: Gregory Krieg source: CNN

Congressional progressive democrats and organizers with the Justice Democrats and Sunrise Movement are taking their argument to the states with efforts to mobilize and influence public officials around the country on the Green New Deal:

“As part of the new outreach, organizers will train volunteers — online and in-person at a series of events this spring — to more effectively confront elected officials and ask for their support. The “Road to a GND Tour” was drawn up as a traveling pressure campaign designed to secure the support of political leaders, from mayors and city council members to federal lawmakers, around the country.”

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#4: Del. Rasoul and Del. Guzman Announce “Green New Deal” Virginia Co-Chairs, Lobby Day, Website

author: Blue Virginia source: Blue Virginia

Momentum for a Green New Deal is also picking up within states as well. Virginia has established its own Green New Deal working group complete with its own website.

“Green New Deal VA has had overwhelming support since its initial launch in December 2018, with 23 partner organizations such as The Sunrise Movement, Virginia Organizing, Virginia Power and Light, Poor People’s Campaign Virginia, and CCAN. The coalition shows its diverse commitment to economic, environmental, and social justice issues in Virginia.”

#5: A Green New Deal Could Turn Cities Into Clean Energy Leaders

author: Patrick Sisson source: Curbed

While cities can create dense urban spaces that require less vehicle miles traveled for many residents, they often are often consumers of far more energy than rural areas. So, as author Patrick Sisson explains, lowering the carbon emissions of these urban centers may be a critical component of a Green New Deal:

“A proposed Green New Deal is exciting for cities because the multifaceted program can answer their multifaceted need. Urban areas create an outsized amount of carbon emissions, but due to density, they can be leaders in energy efficiency and renewable power—if the right investments are made.

Delivering Urban Resilience, a study of three different U.S. cities released last year, made the case that green infrastructure can save U.S. cities billions. An additional analysis by C40, a coalition of international cities dedicated to climate change, suggests a suite of green infrastructure investments can both benefit public health and the economy. These reports are far from theoretical: An earlier C40 analysis showed that 27 cities around the globe have already seen their emission peak, suggesting it is possible to combine growth and emissions reductions.”

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