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
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Elizabeth Weise and Ledyard King USA TODAY Published 8:31 AM EST Feb 7, 2019 The Earth is facing a climate change deadline, with a looming tipping point into a dramatically changed, less hospitable planet – and Democratic lawmakers are beginning what's likely to be a long discussion over how best to deal with it. These first attempts have coalesced under the umbrella phrase "Green New Deal," championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. A "Dear Colleague" letter from her office circulating in Congress this week includes calls for the United States within 10 years to shift to energy systems that are "net-zero" when it comes to greenhouses gases. It also insists the transition be "fair and just to all communities and workers." Ocasio-Cortez first outlined her environmental plan in December and now she and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., who led House efforts on climate change a decade ago, are working … [Read more...] about Green New Deal: What is it, what does it mean for climate change?
Rookie lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making a splash in Congress by championing everything from sharply higher taxes on the rich to immigrant rights. But arguably her biggest challenge -- one that could conceivably affect every American -- is to breathe life in Washington for the "Green New Deal." The initiative's audacious goal: Convert the entire U.S. economy to renewable energy within 12 years, while also sparking a massive burst of job-creation and technological innovation. So far, details are scant, with the New York Democrat and Sen. Ed Markey, D.-Mass., reportedly preparing to release more specifics within the next week or so. For now, here's a look at what the Green New Deal is all about."A suite of economic policies"The proposal's name deliberately echoes President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, the label for a sweeping group of federal programs enacted in the 1930s to end the Great Depression. In the Green New Deal's case, proponents are outlining a group of … [Read more...] about The Green New Deal is about to get real
By Massimiliano Santini and Fabrizio Tassinari FLORENCE – Earlier this month, Jim Yong Kim abruptly resigned from his post as World Bank president, leaving a pillar of the international financial order without leadership or direction. Kim will join a private equity firm, where he believes he can “make the largest impact on major global issues like climate change.” True, the private sector has an important role to play in mobilizing funds for upgrading business models to address the threat posed by climate change. But governments and multilateral institutions remain indispensable to securing the comprehensive economic transformation that is needed. The scientific evidence for global warming is unequivocal. According to conservative estimates, an increase in global temperature of more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century would cause widespread environmental devastation. Increasingly severe weather conditions would destroy … [Read more...] about A green new deal for Europe
Eli Blumenthal USA TODAY Published 5:17 PM EST Jan 15, 2019 T-Mobile has its T-Mobile Tuesdays, Verizon has its VerizonUp and AT&T has its AT&T Thanks. After long being the only carrier without one, Sprint on Tuesday is finally getting into the rewards game. Called simply My Sprint Rewards, the new program echoes the others by offering perks, contests and other goodies to those who subscribe to Sprint's service. Sprint users can check the offers by downloading the My Sprint Rewards app for iOS or Android and logging into their accounts. There is no cost to join the program with Sprint promising "exclusive deals" from the carrier as well as from a "large variety of well-known brands in apparel, auto, beauty, electronics, health, home, sports, travel and more." Exactly what those offers will be was not immediately clear, though companies listed on the My Sprint Rewards website include AMC, Sam's Club, Shipt and H&R … [Read more...] about Sprint’s new rewards program is latest bid to rival other carriers