WASHINGTON – Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. The freshman lawmaker is teaming up with veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts on the plan, which aims to eliminate the U.S. carbon footprint by 2030. Several Democratic presidential hopefuls have embraced the idea of a Green New Deal without saying exactly what it means. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted Thursday that she was proud to join Ocasio-Cortez and Markey "on a #GreenNewDeal resolution to fight for our planet and our kids' futures." A joint resolution drafted by Ocasio-Cortez and Markey sets a goal to meet "100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources," including dramatic increases in wind and solar power. A news conference at the Capitol was set for later Thursday as the … [Read more...] about Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change
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The 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (popularly known as COP24) concluded this past weekend in Katowice, 80 km northwest of Krakow.The two-week event was a meeting of diplomats, scientists, climate change activists (such as British naturalist David Attenborough and former US vice president Al Gore), and industry representatives to agree on rules for how to implement the Paris Agreement. In that 2015 accord, nearly 200 countries agreed on principles to try to keep global average temperature from rising more than 2C above pre-industrial levels.There is broad scientific consensus that the Earth’s average temperature has been climbing at a significant rate since the late 19th century, and that emissions of greenhouses gasses (such as carbon dioxide and methane) due to human activities are chiefly to blame. While a difference of, say, 0.5C might seem insignificant, even a slight increase in average global temperature could lead to more droughts and forest fires, … [Read more...] about The UN climate conference in Katowice is over. What does it mean for Poland and the world?
When Michael Bloomberg took the stage at the climate summit in San Francisco in September, wearing a pin badge of the American flag and an appropriately green tie, the audience greeted him almost as if he was a head of state.Many of the people attending the summit probably wished that he were. In the two years since Donald Trump was elected president, Mr Bloomberg has become a sort of climate ambassador for the US.After President Trump said he would pull the US out of the Paris climate accord, Mr Bloomberg helped lead a new coalition of cities, states and businesses, called We Are Still In, that pledged to cut emissions anyway.Since leaving office in 2013, Mr Bloomberg, who was mayor of New York City for three terms, has devoted an increasing amount of his time and fortune to climate-related causes, including fighting the use of coal. Mr Bloomberg says he has been galvanised in part by Mr Trump’s support for coal. “I’m dismayed by what goes on in Washington every … [Read more...] about Bloomberg flies US flag for climate change action
Photo: Depositphotos.com The Netherlands will not be able to meet its clean air targets without reintroducing nuclear power, Klaas Dijkhoff, leader of the right-wing VVD in parliament, told current affairs show Nieuwsuur on Monday night. Nuclear energy offers the best way of meeting the targets set down in the Paris agreement, Dijkhoff said, adding that it is relatively clean and does not produce CO2. ‘I do not see how you can reach the targets without nuclear power,’ he said. ‘So as far as I am concerned, we can start building straight away… I hope we can look at it rationally, and not on the basis of ideas from the 1980s which have been overtaken.’ The Liberal democratic party D66 and ChristenUnie, two of the other partners in the current coalition government, said they did not back the idea. ‘I will look at every proposal seriously because dogma does not help the climate,’ said D66’s new leader Rob Jetten. ‘But I am … [Read more...] about VVD leader backs nuclear power to solve climate problems
By Joshua Posaner | Tips to [email protected] and [email protected] | @joshposaner and @saimsaeed847 | View in your browser Thanks to Laura Greenhalgh and Hanne Cokelaere. ELECTIONS — BULC PLANS TO STICK AROUND: Transport and Mobility Commissioner Violeta Bulc told us at POLITICO’s Connected Transport Summit that she’s happy in the world of Brussels politics and could very well remain in the EU capital after 2019. But when it comes to staying in her post, she also pointed out it’s up to the government back home in Slovenia to decide whether they want to keep her in the Berlaymont, and her party is one of several junior coalition partners. “Brussels has many more opportunities other than being a commissioner,” Bulc said. Handover notes: If she does move on come 2019, Bulc has a decent to-do list for her successor. “It’s very clear that whoever will comes next needs to deal with multi-modality, integrated ticketing and mobility as a … [Read more...] about POLITICO Pro Morning Mobility: What next for Bulc — Vienna’s no frills take-off — Audi comes clean