opinion Pacific Daily News Published 2:03 AM EST Mar 7, 2019 The knives are definitely out for the Green New Deal. The sweeping plan to fight climate change has been called immoral, a socialist manifesto and suggestive of Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia The resolution's progressive overreach makes it a ripe target. It calls for nothing less than a complete overhaul of the American economy, with guarantees for jobs, high-quality health care and higher education that seem to go far beyond fighting global warming. Green New Deal: What is it and what does it mean for climate change? Our View: Take steps to help prevent grass fires on Guam Potential government costs for infrastructure, research and housing upgrades to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions to zero by "a 10-year national mobilization" are through the roof, requiring higher taxes or deficit spending. But the resolution has shown success. If nothing else, it has people … [Read more...] about Do more than just mock Green New Deal: Our View
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National has laid out what its “bluegreen” policy would look like if the party was elected to government – but environment groups have been quick to point out shortcomings. The party’s discussion document, launched at its BlueGreen Forum in Raglan today, has proposed a range of policies, including a proposed new national park in the Catlins. “National’s ambition is to be the party that is best able to deliver a clean environment with a strong economy,” party leader Simon Bridges said. “It doesn’t have to be one or the other. We know we can deliver a better environment without imposing a whole series of unneeded environmental taxes.” Its proposals for freshwater included a new and more efficient water allocation method; looking at whether water management should either be carried out nationally or catchment-by-catchment; ensuring measurement tools were consistent across town and country; and adopting environment watchdog Simon … [Read more...] about National proposes new park in Catlins
"I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called 'Carbon Footprint' to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military - even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!" - President Donald Trump, in a tweet on Feb. 9 "There are multiple doctored GND [Green New Deal] resolutions and FAQs floating around. There was also a draft version that got uploaded + taken down. There's also draft versions floating out there. Point is, the real one is our submitted resolution, H.Res. 109." - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in a tweet on Feb. 9 - - - No one is proposing to "eliminate all planes, cars, cows, oil, gas and the military." No one created "doctored" versions of the Green New Deal that included these outlandish proposals. As a reader service, we're going to summarize what's actually in the Green New Deal from Democrats, and how we ended up with all this confusion. The Green … [Read more...] about What’s actually in the ‘Green New Deal’ from Democrats?
The freshman congresswoman moved late last month to create a House Select Committee on a Green New Deal that would draw up a national climate plan, Sputnik reported. However, her attempts were stifled by her own party's leadership, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declining to create the committee and instead forming a House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis — without Ocasio-Cortez in it. Pelosi later dismissed the concept of a Green New Deal entirely, calling it "the green dream" in comments to reporters. © AP Photo / J. Scott ApplewhiteTwitterstorm as Ocasio-Cortez Says Gives 'Zero' F*** About Fellow Dems' Pushback The plan, which draws its inspiration from the 1930s New Deal programs by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, aims to tackle climate change by expanding renewable power sources, building an energy-efficient power grid, removing greenhouse gas emissions and investing in … [Read more...] about AOC’s Green New Deal Gives Framework for ‘Climate Justice’ But Remains Vague
IS the Earth getting hotter or colder? Why should we care? Here's what we know and don't know about our planet's changing climate. What is climate change? The planet's climate has constantly been changing over time. The Earth's average temperature is about 15C, but some evidence suggests it has fluctuated between much higher and much lower in the past. However, the current period of warming is occurring more rapidly than many past events. Climate scientists are concerned that the natural fluctuation is being overtaken by a huge human-induced warming that has serious consequences for the stability of the planet's climate. What is causing climate change? A natural function of the Earth's atmosphere is to keep in some of the heat that is lost from the Earth. This is known as the greenhouse effect. The atmosphere allows the heat from the Sun (short-wave radiation) to pass through to heat the Earth's surface. The Earth's surface then gives off heat (long-wave radiation). This heat is … [Read more...] about What is climate change? The definition, causes and effects