The New Green Deal: Moving Beyond the Hype



A couple of weeks ago we saw the unveiling of the New Green Deal. In the spirit of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with a second from Senator Ed Markey from Delaware, stood in front of the media and laid down an ultimatum to the American public and political elite alike.

The New Green Deal makes a compelling case that we have to act now on carbon emissions or face the consequences of climate Armageddon. I agree with this. In fact I’ve been saying it for years. Ocasio-Cortez and Markey’s plan outlines several broad objectives. Among them; our electric grid must be powered entirely by alternative energy by 2030, and by 2050 our nation’s automotive fleet is to be converted to electric power. There are several other ambitious environmental goals, including retrofitting buildings for conservation. You can dig deeper here for the details.

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  1. Sorry, nope.

    Agenda 21, and the Green Party’s Green New Deal. AOC is not promoting anything new, though very flawed indeed.

    Other narratives need to be inserted. I know this piece above is long, but maybe some hyperlinks — digital rhetoric yet at the Intercept — to other more off-the-mainstream left thinking?

    Cory Morningstar — interview her, or solicit a piece from her and pay her? Nah, Jeremy and Glenn get a whole lot of yearly salary that cuts into freelance journalists getting a few shekels for their work!

    Look, ocean acidification will outlive even a magic wand of instantaneously cutting CO2 like that. The plastics industry is ramping up. In Oregon, we will have yet another Canadian LNG pipeline rammed up our asses. Extraction industries are on full throttle.

    We need more local reporting and perspectives. Little people going to pay the ferryman.

    John Steppling —

    There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.

    — Aldous Huxley, The Ultimate Revolution, March 20, 1962

    Ending Militarism. Militarism in all its forms, from the prison-industrial complex to wars of occupation, is one of the most powerful obstacles to the achievement of reproductive, environmental and climate justice. Ending militarism is a point where our struggles can and should converge, where there are multiple overlaps. The list is long: Military toxins damage the environment and harm reproductive health. Militarism increases violence against women, racism and anti-immigration activities. Militarism robs resources from other social and environmental needs. War destroys ecosystems, livelihoods, and health and sanitation infrastructure. It is the biggest threatof all to sustainable social reproduction.

    — Betsy Hartmann and Elizabeth Barajas-Román, The Population Bomb is Back with a Global Warming Twist

    Global Research audiences are well aware of how simple it is to dismiss and ignore people with narratives that threaten the powerful (think about challenges to the official stories about the White Helmets in Syria, Russia-Gate, 9/11, Venezuela’s ‘dictatorial’ president, etc). It should literally have been child’s play to sabotage Greta long before her campaign had a chance to touch the minds and hearts of millions. Is there more to the story of the rise of Greta Thunberg?

    Investigative journalist Cory Morningstar, encouraged by this broadcaster, looked into the background of the young environmental crusader and revealed some rather concerning details about convergences with major players in the international environmental NGO arena. The result of her research is a comprehensive series of articles entitled The Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg – For Consent.

    This four part essay, (part 4 is to be posted on or around February 3rd) exposes the involvement of a technology firm called We Don’t Have Time, which was pivotal in launching Greta’s online presence to viral status. Cory also outlines how Non-Governmental Organizations like AVAAZ, aligned with imperial interests and powerful figures like Bill Gates and Al Gore have been engineering climate solutions and climate activism for years. She argues that well-intentioned youth activists are helping to manufacture the demand for a program which will further assault the world’s most marginalized peoples, and devastate rather than heal a degraded planet.

    “Frontline and Vulnerable Communities” are Forgotten

    The Green New Deal resolution emphasises the importance of “justice and equity” for “frontline and vulnerable communities”. The focus for GND authors is often on foreseen climate impacts, but consideration should be given to existing vulnerable communities and the known destructive effects of fossil fuel extraction, transport, refining, and burning. By remaining silent on actual legislation like the USE IT Act, by not attending or staying silent at key committee meetings, by ignoring the stated outcomes supported by unions and other Labor organisations working in mining, pipeline building, refining, and transport, and by ignoring the stated object of the Carbon Capture Coalition, the 4 cosponsors of the Green New Deal and their friends in the Sunrise Movement, Justice Democrats PAC, Brand New Congress PAC, Data for Progress think tank, and New Consensus think tank are abrogating their stated responsibility to “frontline and vulnerable communities”. How can an extended life for fossil fuels be goods in any way? How can a plan that that continues our rampant consumer culture founded on the creation of externalities in the global south, ensures the continued destruction of aquifers, the poisoning of rivers, the removal of mountain tops, the capture of vast quantities of water for extraction, and all the other ways we already know that fossil fuels destroy life and health be a good thing?

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  2. After sharing it on social media, I followed your National Poetry Month piece to your website/blog. I don’t agree with all of Clay’s points, but appreciate his rural community perspective, which is so much part of any audience here where I live. More climate conversation is better than intransigent denial. Major culture shifts are a hard sell. I’m taking a whack at it locally, inching along when a revolution is called for — groundwork until they converge,

    Thanks for the links., not msm, is where to go for anything on climate. Have you seen Rich Moser’s pieces on climate and corporatism at his BeFreedom blog, in CountPunch too?


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