IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: GNR Special Coverage: Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey introduce The Green New Deal. What's in it, what's not, and what happens next... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'; Los Angeles ditches plan to invest billions in fossil fuels; The East Coast Is Going to Get Arkansas-ified; America's Energy Future: What the Government Misses in Its Energy Outlook and Why It Matters; 'Astounded': former fire chief unloads on politicians over climate change inaction; TVA proposes to close Paradise, Bull Run coal units despite Trump tweet; Keystone Pipeline Likely Cause of Oil Spill in Missouri... PLUS: Cashing In on a Warming Arctic: In Maine, some see the melting ice to the north as an opportunity.... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- The 'Green New Deal' is now an actual thing:
- Resolution on a Green New Deal [PDF] (Office of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)
- VIDEO: House and Senate Democrats on Green New Deal (C-SPAN):
Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) unveiled the "Green New Deal" resolution calling for broad scope of economic and energy reforms to target climate change. In the press conference, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said the president has expanded the government in other ways and responded to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comments on the proposal.
- Green New Deal (New Consensus):
New Consensus works to develop and promote the Green New Deal, a World War Two-scale mobilization to fix America's greatest problems...The Green New Deal includes investments not only in communities and public infrastructure but also in private industry to enable a sweeping transformation of our entire economy - with the public receiving appropriate ownership stakes and returns on its investments.
- AUDIO: 'Green New Deal' Rising - interview with Vox.com's David Roberts, 'BradCast' 2/8/2019 (The Brad Blog)
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline (NPR)
- AUDIO: Ocasio-Cortez To Unveil Ambitious Plan To Combat Climate Change (NPR)
- Fact Check: 7 questions about the Green New Deal (Politifact)
- There's now an official Green New Deal. Here's what's in it. (David Roberts, Vox):
A close look at the fights it picks and the fights it avoids.
- 'Existential' threat to the planet: Ocasio-Cortez offers Green New Deal details (NBC News)
- AOC's Green New Deal could finally force the U.S. to get serious about climate change (op-ed, LA Times)
- Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change (AP)
- Green New Deal Resolution Calls for 100% 'Clean, Renewable and Zero-Emission Energy Sources' (GreenTech Media)
- The Green New Deal Takes Its First Congressional Baby Step, as Pelosi Mocks "Green Dream or Whatever" (The Intercept)
- Ocasio-Cortez says we need World War II-scale action on climate. Here’s what that looks like. (Climate Progress)
- With a Green New Deal, Here’s What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation (Kate Aronoff, The Intercept, 12/5/2018)
- It's cheaper to act on climate change than suffer the consequences:
- Here's How Much Climate Change Could Cost the U.S. (Scientific American)
- AOC's Green New Deal Resolution Is Utopian - and Pragmatic (NY Magazine):
If the entire Democratic agenda is rebranded as the "Green New Deal," a future Democratic government will be less likely to ignore the central importance of climate sustainability to all of its other policy goals; which is to say, a future Democratic government will be less likely to de-prioritize preventing ecological catastrophe.
- Wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme weather cost the nation 247 lives, nearly $100 billion in damage during 2018 (Washington Post):
Experts say that climate change might already be fueling an increase in the number of billion-dollar disasters... The number of billion-dollar weather disasters in the United States has more than doubled in recent years, as devastating hurricanes and ferocious wildfires that experts suspect are fueled in part by climate change have ravaged swaths of the country, according to data released by the federal government Wednesday.
- The Wretched, Climate-Killing Truth About American Sprawl (Wired)
- Green New Deal Critics See Red (Oil Price)
- House Republican leader wastes no time in freaking out over Green New Deal (Climate Progress)
- The official 'Green New Deal' does not ban cars, cows, or anything else:
- Ocasio-Cortez retracts erroneous information about Green New Deal backed by 2020 Democratic candidates (Washington Post):
More than a dozen media outlets, particularly in conservative outlets, reported on policies in the FAQ page that the co-signers of the Green New Deal resolution have not agreed to support.
- As momentum for Green New Deal builds, opponents strike out at 'socialism' and 'cow farts' (Climate Progress):
A preview of what the fight over the historic effort is going to look like.
- What's actually in the 'Green New Deal' from Democrats? (Washington Post):
No one is proposing to "eliminate all planes, cars, cows, oil, gas and the military."
- House Republicans reveal how they'll attack the growing popularity of a Green New Deal (Climate Progress)
- The Republican Assault On The Green New Deal Begins (Huffington Post):
Polls show the Green New Deal appeals to voters from both parties. The GOP apparently hasn't heard.
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
For a comprehensive roundup of daily environmental news you can trust, see the Society of Environmental Journalists' Daily Headlines page
- Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature' (Guardian UK)
- The East Coast Is Going to Get Arkansas-ified (The Atlantic)
- Los Angeles ditches plan to invest billions in fossil fuels, Mayor Eric Garcetti says (LA Times)
- America's Energy Future: What the Government Misses in Its Energy Outlook and Why It Matters (Inside Climate News)
- 'Astounded': former fire chief unloads on politicians over climate change inaction (Sydney Morning Herald)
- 'Historic' storm hurls huge waves and 191-mph winds at Hawaii; rare snow hits Maui (Washington Post)
- TVA proposes to close Paradise, Bull Run coal units despite Trump tweet (Utility Dive)
- Keystone Pipeline Likely Cause of Oil Spill in Missouri - TransCanada accepts responsibility (US News)
- Cashing In on a Warming Arctic: In Maine, some see the melting ice to the north as an opportunity. (The Atlantic)
- Former Congressman John Dingell Leaves an Incredible Conservation Legacy - including authoring the Endangered Species Act (Audubon Society)
- 2 big payouts may endanger New Jersey’s post-Sandy dune work (AP)
- Top Leader at Interior Dept. Pushes a Policy Favoring His Former Client (NY Times)
- Waste Management CEO talks climate change, ocean plastic and 'zero waste' (Waste Dive)
- Trump’s Tariffs Sent Solar Jobs Tumbling For The Second Year In A Row (Huffington Post)
- Pittsburgh Water Agency To Spend $50M To Replace Lead Pipes (AP)
- Fourth National Climate Assessment, Vol. 2: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States [PDF] (U.S. Global Change Research Program)
- What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like: How to hit the most stringent targets, with no loopholes. (David Roberts, Vox)
- A Global Shift To Sustainability Would Save Us $26 Trillion (Vox)
- Project Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming (Drawdown.org)
- An Optimist's Guide to Solving Climate Change and Saving the World (Vice)
- The great nutrient collapse: The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention. (Politico)
- The world's bleak climate situation, in 3 charts: We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there. (Vox)
- The Climate Risks We Face (NY Times):
To stabilize global temperature, net carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced to zero. The window of time is rapidly closing to reduce emissions and limit warming to no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, the goal set in the Paris climate accord. The further we push the climate system beyond historical conditions, the greater the risks of potentially unforeseen and even catastrophic changes to the climate - so every reduction in emissions helps.
- The Uninhabitable Earth: When will climate change make earth too hot for humans? (New York Magazine):
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak - sooner than you think.
- A beginner's guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy (Vox):
Clean-energy enthusiasts frequently claim that we can go bigger, that it's possible for the whole world to run on renewables - we merely lack the "political will." So, is it true? Do we know how get to an all-renewables system? Not yet. Not really.
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