Rep. Ocasio-Cortez releases Green New Deal resolution

February 8, 2019 by  
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On February 7, House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) released an official resolution for the highly debated “Green New Deal.” The resolution provides further information on the broad goals of the original proposal, however it remains abstract and nonbinding — and that is only if the House votes to approve it. The resolution delivers a more tangible framework upon which Ocasio-Cortez and her team plan to push for co-sponsors and move the resolution to the House and Senate floors. The summary report indicates that legislators would begin to assemble the “nuts and bolts” of the plan by drafting specific Green New Deal bills. The document specifies five ambitious goals to be completed in 10 years, reduced from the proposal’s original seven goals . Five Green New Deal Goals 1. Ensure net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers 2. Create millions of high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all 3. Invest in infrastructure and industry to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century 4. Guarantee clean air and water, climate and community resilience, healthy food, access to nature and a sustainable environment for all 5. Promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future and repairing historic oppression of frontline and vulnerable communities While the resolution focuses on an equitable transfer to renewable energy and a reduction in carbon emissions, the Green New Deal is an all-inclusive economic overhaul that also promises broad access to jobs, fair wages and healthcare. NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben breaks down some of the notable and far-reaching objectives that fall under the above-mentioned goals, including: • Attaining 100 percent renewable energy by 2020, including transferring away from nuclear energy • Upgrading “all existing buildings to energy-efficient” • Incentivizing farmers to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions • Investing in the electric car industry and expanding high speed rails to compete with and eventually stamp out the airline industry • Guaranteeing jobs with adequate wages and comprehensive benefits for all Americans • Ensuring “high-quality healthcare” for all Americans The resolution continued to be revised after it was released, with many media outlets updating their published stories throughout the day. Does the Green New Deal have the support it needs? Ocasio-Cortez from the House is also joined by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), who is working to garner support in the Senate. Related: Is the Green New Deal the all-inclusive climate plan we need? Though the document’s summary cites that 92 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans support the Green New Deal, the controversial responses do not seem to support this claim. In fact, the current co-sponsors, published by Axios , include “Reps. Brendan Boyle (Pa.), Joaquin Castro (Texas), Yvette Clarke (N.Y.), Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), Ted Lieu (Calif.), Joe Neguse (Colo.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.),” all of whom say their support is pending final language. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has been called out for her lack of support for the Green New Deal. On Wednesday, she was quoted in Politico saying: “The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it right?” In addition to politicians on both sides of the aisle, journalists and climate experts argue the Green New Deal is wildly ambitious. Environmental Fellow Jesse Jenkins,  interviewed by NPR, contends that reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 is already a major challenge, so reaching zero-emissions by 2030 — as the resolution mandates — will be next to impossible. However, Ocasio-Cortez told NPR’s Morning Edition , “Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us.” Political activists across the country — largely led by a youth organization called the Sunrise Movement — are showing up at congressional offices to pressure their representatives to come out in support of the Green New Deal by the end of February. Even if the resolution does not pass, which many believe will be the outcome, the activists hope that the mounting attention will make climate change a key issue — if not the most central issue — in the upcoming 2020 presidential race. Can Americans curb climate change? The resolution explains that the U.S. contributes an alarming 20 percent of the world’s carbon emissions and is in the position to become a leader in drastic green economy development. Despite the Trump administration’s recent break from global climate commitments, statistics show that the U.S. has already made the most significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions since 2000. Though the data indicates the U.S. has only made an 8 percent reduction, given that the U.S.’s total contribution to pollution is among the highest, this 8 percent reduction equates to 760 million metric tons, nearly as much as the sum of the European Union’s reductions. Though significant, this accomplishment still does not change Americans’ title as the world’s largest polluters per-capita. The U.S. indeed has the numbers to make a difference; what it needs now is for these types of policies to have the support that this vision could be our reality. + Green New Deal Resolution Via NPR Image via SCOOTERCASTER / Shutterstock.com

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4 Natural Supplements to Support Medical Detox

January 17, 2018 by  
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If you’re struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, the first … The post 4 Natural Supplements to Support Medical Detox appeared first on Earth911.com.

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PopTarts Works’ Cardboard Beehive Hotel Can Support a Colony of City Bees

October 7, 2013 by  
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The designers of  PopTarts Works were alarmed by the growing disappearance of Toronto’s bees, so they went about trying to find a design solution that could help their fuzzy, flying local friends. What they created was a Beehive Hotel—a bee-friendly space that encourages urban pollinators to make a home and reproduce. The hotel is a sculptural object that uses simple materials and laser cutting for a unique and contemporary form. The Beehive Hotel is designed to support a colony of mason bees, which is estimated to pollinate up to 2,000 flowers per day. Read the rest of PopTarts Works’ Cardboard Beehive Hotel Can Support a Colony of City Bees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee hive design , beehive hotel , city bees , colony collapse disorder , design to save bees , supporting bee colonies , Urban bee hives        

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Cohen Van Balen Heals People Using Old Dogs and Transgenic Sheep

February 22, 2013 by  
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London-based studio Cohen Van Balen works synchronizing design and biotechnology. Their new and unconventional project sees animals as life support ‘devices’ for human patients suffering from renal and respiratory ailments. The ‘Life Support’ concepts offer thoughtful alternatives to inhumane medical therapies, as well as a way for humans to develop a relationship of mutual reliance with an  animal . Read the rest of Cohen Van Balen Heals People Using Old Dogs and Transgenic Sheep Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , Cohen Van Balen , Design for Health , Dialysis Sheep , dog , Life Support , Respiratory Dog , sheep , transgenic lamb

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Department of Defense Spends Thousands to Save a Butterfly

October 10, 2011 by  
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Photo: Wikimedia Commons Normally, common sense might suggest that living on a military base’s artillery range would reduce an animal’s hopes of long-term survival — but for one threatened butterfly species, the opposite is true. Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies are listed as an endangered species in their native Washington State, so when thousands of them took up residence on Joint Base Lewis McChord near Tacoma, the insects earned the support of one of the most deep-pocketed agencies on Earth: the US Department of Defense. As it turns out, … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Ralph Nader: Tar Sands Pipeline Would Usher in "Corporate Dictatorship"

September 2, 2011 by  
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The two week-long tar sands pipeline protests are entering its final stages, and I’m in Washington D.C covering the action. Today, notable Keystone XL opponents Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, along with a number of the nation’s religious leaders, accompanied hundreds of Americans to the White House. There, they risked arrest to confront the Obama administration on its tacit approval of the potentially devastating 1,700 tar sands pipeline. Around midday, the famed consumer advocate Ralph Nader stopped by Lafayette Square to lend his support to the protest. Approving the tar sa… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Aveda Aims for Zero Waste: Pilots Packaging Take-Back Program in Colorado

April 21, 2011 by  
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Image: Rachel Cernansky As of yesterday, Coloradoans have a way to recycle packaging items that are not accepted by their curbside collection program. With the support of the city of Denver, Aveda launched its take-back program—the latest step toward its 2020 goal of becoming a zero-waste company.

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World Health Organization Calls BPA Legislation and Control "Premature"

December 10, 2010 by  
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Bisphenol A Is In Your Tomato Sauce TreeHugger was one of the earliest sites to raise concern about endocrine disrupting chemicals like Bisphenol A; we were loud in our support for the removal of polycarbonate bottles (an easy target as there are lots of alternatives) and for the elimination of BPA epoxies from tin cans . Treehugger was the first to note that BPA is used in the lids of home canning products , and recently covered the issue of

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Paul Nichols Uses Technology and Daring to Catch Animals in His Camera Trap

December 10, 2010 by  
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Revenge of the Electric Car (Official Trailer!)

December 10, 2010 by  
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