Tag: Green New Deal

The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the ’80s Was a Republican

It was not so long ago that a young congresswoman proposed major climate legislation that would transform the national energy system and, with it, the economy. Speaking on the floor of the House, she lamented the tens of billions of dollars in federal handouts to the fossil fuel industry and the government’s failure to adopt […]

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A Case for a Market-Driven Green New Deal

The best thing to come from the Senate’s floor debate on the Green New Deal late last month may have been these eminently sane remarks, calling on lawmakers of both parties to “move together” in order “to lower emissions, to address the reality of climate change, recognizing that we’ve got an economy we need to […]

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Selling the Green New Deal With Optimism, Not Fear

The following article originated as a reply to last month’s Res Publica, “How Green Was My Virtue.” How can a democratic political system institute far-reaching changes to a wildly destructive and unequal political economy? Amid mounting signs that climate change is already altering most modes of human enterprise—and life on Earth more broadly—this is far […]

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With Polls and Private Meetings, Republicans Craft Blunt Messaging to Paint Democrats as Extreme

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders are sharpening and poll-testing lines of attack that portray Democratic policies on health care, the environment and abortion as far outside the norm, in hopes of arming President Trump with hyperbolic sound bites — some of them false — asserting that Democrats would cause long waits for doctors or make killing […]

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Purity vs. Pragmatism, Environment vs. Health

Right now there are two big progressive ideas out there: the Green New Deal on climate change and “Medicare for all” on health reform. Both would move U.S. policy significantly to the left. Each is sponsored by a self-proclaimed socialist: the Green New Deal by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Medicare for all by Bernie Sanders. (Of […]

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How Radical Is Too Radical for 2020 Democrats?

In the current election cycle, bets on moderation have few takers. Leading Democratic candidates are supporting bold progressive policy initiatives that are supported by liberal primary voters but may prove to be a tough sell to the general electorate. President Trump and his Republican allies will certainly try to use these initiatives against their Democratic […]

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A Green Real Deal, for Real Results, Real Soon

Here’s some news you may have missed. Southeastern Africa got hit in March with a cyclone that United Nations officials say was one of the worst weather disasters to ever strike the Southern Hemisphere. “Ever” is a long time. The storm swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, killing hundreds. My friend Greg Carr, who runs […]

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The Green New Deal Fan on Fox News Wasn’t a Random Diner. He’s a Climate Activist.

It is well known that President Donald Trump likes to watch Fox & Friends every morning. So it is likely that the commander-in-chief was watching Thursday when a young man at a diner in Riverside, Missouri, schooled Fox News reporter Todd Piro on the particulars of the Green New Deal. But even if Trump didn’t […]

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MSNBC’s Wild Ride

On January 31, Rachel Maddow, the eponymous host of The Rachel Maddow Show, returned from a commercial break. In the previous segment, she had interviewed Betsy Woodruff, a Daily Beast reporter, who had written a story on alleged connections between the Russian government and the National Rifle Association. Before that, Maddow had conducted a friendly and knowing colloquy […]

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Donald Trump, President of the US, Says Windmill Noise ‘Causes Cancer’

Trump photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. Windmill via Flickr user Romuald Goudeau Donald Trump has always been vocal in his passionate hatred of windmills, an innocuous power source he’s slandered as “disgusting,” an “aesthetic disaster” and “the greatest threat in the US to both bald and golden eagles,” which is just completely false. This week, […]

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Trump’s 2020 Campaign: A Traditional Operation With a Wild-Card Candidate

WASHINGTON — On a former trading floor in an office tower in Rosslyn, Va., with sweeping views of the Potomac River, the Trump 2020 campaign is settling in. It has about 40 staff members and counting, reported $19.2 million in cash on hand in its last report and has spent $4.5 million on online ads […]

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Bernie Sanders Says ‘No’ to Incrementalism, Highlighting Divide Among Democrats

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced legislation this week to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, Democrats across the ideological spectrum were quick to express their support: moderates, liberals, even Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the often uncompromising progressive freshman. But not Bernie Sanders. When asked on Tuesday night whether he, too, supported the House bill, Mr. Sanders […]

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How Green Was My Virtue

Whatever its other legacies may prove to be, classical liberalism—the public philosophy that organizes social relations around the principles of individualist market exchange—is looking more and more like a recipe for environmental catastrophe, as reports of accelerating climate change become steadily more dire. Can the civic republican tradition succeed where market individualism seems to be […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Brought The Hammer Down On A Republican Who Called The Green New Deal ‘Elitist’

Getty Image In the two short months since having been sworn into Congress as the youngest woman ever, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has already proven time and time again that she is a force to be reckoned with. Conservatives seem perplexed and slightly terrified by the 29-year-old Bronx native, who shrugs off the right-wing’s best attempts at […]

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People Actually Like the Green New Deal

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, brought the Green New Deal to a vote in the Senate on Tuesday. He defeated consideration of the plan 57-0, winning over three Democratic senators and one independent who caucuses with the Democrats. The rest of the Democratic caucus voted “present,” in an attempt to confound Mr. McConnell’s strategy, […]

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Editorial Observer: Where’s Your Climate Plan, Mr. McConnell?

For those wondering if it was still possible for the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, to raise his cynicism game, Tuesday’s show vote on the Green New Deal supplied a resounding “yes.” Of all the pressing business Mr. McConnell could be tackling, he devoted precious floor time to the resolution introduced last month by the […]

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Senate Blocks Green New Deal but Expends Plenty of Carbon Talking About It

WASHINGTON — The Senate blocked consideration of the Green New Deal on Tuesday, ending a Republican effort to hitch Democratic presidential candidates to the climate plan and paint Democrats as out-of-touch socialists and fantasists. The resolution that Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, put to a test vote called on the federal government […]

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Would the Green New Deal Survive the Supreme Court?

How the United States confronts climate change will be decided whenever the Democratic Party regains control of the White House and Congress. But it may ultimately be Chief Justice John Roberts who decides whether they succeed. Every major Democratic policy would need to survive scrutiny by the justices. So how would the Green New Deal fare […]

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What Democrats Need to Know to Win in Rural America

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — It’s caucus season here in Iowa, and Democratic presidential candidates are swarming the place like flies at a cattle barn. We’ve talked policy with Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand over beers, and watched Kamala Harris work the crowd at a bar in Indianola. We’ve been in what once would have been “smoke-filled rooms” […]

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Climate Change: How Can Manhattan be Protected? Make It Bigger

After Hurricane Sandy flooded Lower Manhattan and caused massive damage to the city’s financial center, climate scientists agreed it was only a matter of time before a new superstorm would bring the same kind of damage — or worse. That realization, in part, led Mayor Bill de Blasio to embrace an unconventional solution: Make Manhattan […]

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