Green New Deal News ~ January, 24

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:

#1: New Proposal Aims To Make Legacy FDR Works Project The Flagship Of A Green New Deal

author: Alexander C. Kaufman source: Huffington Post

As interest in the Green New Deal grows, initial praise has started to give way to potential policy proposals. This week Matt Bruenig from the People’s Policy Project released a far-reaching piece outlining a grand plan for the largest federally owned utility, the Tennessee Valley Authority, to go carbon free by 2030.

“In May 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act establishing the nation’s largest public utility and setting in motion an ambitious New Deal policy to provide electricity and jobs to some of the poorest Americans in the midst of the Great Depression.

Nearly 86 years later, a new proposal aims to sharpen the Tennessee Valley Authority into the speartip of a so-called Green New Deal, a nascent push to radically shrink greenhouse gas emissions and give good-paying clean energy jobs to every American who wants one.”

#2: The Green New Deal drives conservatives nuts, so right-wing media is going on the attack

author: Ted MacDonald source: Media Matters

Green New Deal Conservatives

Interest in the Green New Deal is swelling across the political spectrum and with that, the conservative policy and media juggernaut  

The Green New Deal has surged into the American political discourse over the last two months on a wave of activism and high-profile Democratic endorsements. According to its leading proponents at the activist group Sunrise Movement, the plan aims to “transform our economy and society at the scale needed to stop the climate crisis.” It seeks to decarbonize the economy, create millions of green jobs, and rectify racial and economic inequality, though a specific policy agenda has yet to be worked out….

Outlets from Fox News to Breitbart News to the Las Vegas Review-Journal have spread inaccurate claims about the Green New Deal to stoke fears that it would destroy the U.S. economy and political system. The Heartland Institute, a right-wing think tank known for its climate denial, is one of the most active opponents of the Green New Deal, and it is using right-wing media outlets to amplify its attacks.”

#3: This Is What the Green New Deal Needs to Actually Work

author: John Reilly  source: Fortune

While the idea of a Green New Deal is catching on with renewed interest like wildfire, the economics of the potential package of laws and programs have not been flushed out. John Reilly, the co-director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, makes the case in Fortune this week that economic dynamics must be taken into account.

“Is the Green New Deal (GND) a liberal pipe dream, or is it an opening for an economically viable, bipartisan climate change solution?

The program put forward by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her team reimagines the U.S. as a nation with no carbon emissions, full employment, a fair and equal economy, and justice for all. This GND proposal pairs massive government spending with quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve to achieve these aims. Since we can just print money, the argument goes, it would cost nothing.

Not so fast…”

Green New Deal in the States

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#4: SF moves toward public power and a ‘local version of a green new deal’

author: Editorial  source: Houston Chronicle

San Francisco Green New Deal

San Francisco has long had a struggle for local control of their power sector. Now, with the recent fires and bankruptcy caused by Pacific Gas and Electric in Northern California, that dream may become a reality. With this new push for public power, SF is trying out their own version of a local Green New Deal.

San Francisco’s push to transition to a public power system after PG&E announced it will file for bankruptcy is not the only big energy plan in the making.

Supporters of The City’s renewable energy program CleanPowerSF are calling for a “local version of a green new deal” that includes an aggressive build out of local renewable energy projects.

Renewable energy projects and installation of energy efficiencies were long envisioned as part of CleanPowerSF.

#5: New York’s renewables, environmental efforts accelerate

author: Paul Ciampoli  source: Public Power’s Distributed Energy Resources


Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York state continue their push for enacting a Green New Deal in the Empire State.

“New York State’s ambitious renewable energy and environmental goals advanced with the recent announcement of $1.5 billion in awards to renewable energy developers and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s unveiling a state “Green New Deal” that will statutorily mandate that the state’s power be 100 percent carbon-free by 2040, among other things.

Cuomo recently unveiled details of the state’s Green New Deal, which is included in the New York 2019 Executive Budget.

The Green New Deal will statutorily mandate New York’s power be 100 percent carbon-free by 2040. The cornerstone of the new mandate is a significant increase of New York’s Clean Energy Standard mandate from 50 percent to 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030.”

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