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Series | Part 2: The Secret to Funding a Green New Deal

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/ Environmental activists occupy the office of then incoming Democratic majority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

A network of public banks, including a central bank operated as a public utility, could similarly fund a U.S. Green New Deal—without raising taxes, driving up the federal debt or inflating prices.

Ellen Brown, Truthdig

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March 19, 2019 | As alarm bells sound over the advancing destruction of the environment, a variety of Green New Deal proposals have appeared in the U.S. and Europe, along with some interesting academic debates about how to fund them. Monetary policy, normally relegated to obscure academic tomes and bureaucratic meetings behind closed doors, has suddenly taken center stage.

The 14-page proposal for a Green New Deal submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., does not actually mention Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), but that is the approach currently capturing the attention of the media—and taking most of the heat. The concept is good: Abundance can be ours without worrying about taxes or debt, at least until we hit full productive capacity. But, as with most theories, the devil is in the details.

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Series | Part 1: This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work. Ellen Brown, Truthdig

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  • The Public Bank Option: The Precedent of Roosevelt’s New Deal
  • Related: What’s the ‘Green New Deal’? The surprising origins behind a progressive rallying cry.
     

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The Mental Health Crisis of This Unhinged Presidency

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We are not well, America.
Our leaders are really not well.
We need to vote for our health and for our lives.
We need to get well together.

John Pavlovitz, johnpavlovitz.com

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July 11, 2018 | “I feel like I’m losing my mind.”

These words are a continual presence these days.
 I hear them a couple hundred times a day, in one form or another. 
I read them in desperate social media outbursts.
 I find them in my inbox from friends and from strangers.
 I hear them in my own head.

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Series | Part 1: This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work

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/ Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is part of a group of Congress members pushing for a "Green New Deal." (Charles Krupa / AP)

  • The Public Bank Option: The Precedent of Roosevelt’s New Deal
  • Related: What’s the ‘Green New Deal’? The surprising origins behind a progressive rallying cry.

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December 16, 2018 | With what author and activist Naomi Klein calls “galloping momentum,” the “Green New Deal” promoted by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., appears to be forging a political pathway for solving all of the ills of society and the planet in one fell swoop. Her plan would give a House select committee “a mandate that connects the dots” between energy, transportation, housing, health care, living wages, a jobs guarantee and more. But even to critics on the left, it is merely political theater, because “everyone knows” a program of that scope cannot be funded without a massive redistribution of wealth and slashing of other programs (notably the military), which is not politically feasible.

That may be the case, but Ocasio-Cortez and the 22 representatives joining her in calling for a select committee also are proposing a novel way to fund the program, one that could actually work. The resolution says funding will come primarily from the federal government, “using a combination of the Federal Reserve, a new public bank or system of regional and specialized public banks, public venture funds and such other vehicles or structures that the select committee deems appropriate, in order to ensure that interest and other investment returns generated from public investments made in connection with the Plan will be returned to the treasury, reduce taxpayer burden and allow for more investment.”
 

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What’s the ‘Green New Deal’? The surprising origins behind a progressive rallying cry. Alexander C. Kaufman, Grist

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  • “The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialists of America US representative of a working-class Bronx and Queens district in New York City said by email. “It will require the investment of trillions of dollars and the creation of millions of high-wage jobs. We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy but this time green energy.”
     

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Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived

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/ Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia, Eastern Washington and Montana enshrouds the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. In the Pacific Northwest, experiencing weeks on end of wildfire smoke during the summer months has become the “new normal.” / Dahr Jamail

  • The human race is too stupid to survive, as amply proven by the people it chooses to lead (into oblivion).  We'll just all go on our merry way, uninvolved ... .
  • Related: A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.

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September 25, 2018 | Over the years, writing these climate disruption dispatches has often weighed heavily on my soul. I’ve struggled to find a delicate balance between tracking this information, which these days means reporting on the demise of the biosphere, and living a meaningful life.

Recently, I again failed to achieve that balance, and needed to take a short respite from work to find my inner footing. I headed into my sanctuary, the mountains, for solace. I backpacked up into the northeastern Cascade Mountains of Washington State, where I live, and pitched a camp on the banks of a clear, turquoise alpine lake at 6,900 feet. I was surrounded by snowfields, high peaks, and mountain larch that will soon be turning from green to yellow as autumn rapidly approaches.

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A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  •  https://www.rollingstone.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/climate-catastrophe-math.jpg?crop=900:600&width=1440Part 1: You, Too, Are in Denial of Climate Change
  • Thinking climate change will only hit elsewhere, or only in the future, pummeling others but sparing you — these are delusions, too.
  • Part 2: Is a Green New Deal Possible Without a Revolution?
  • A Green New Deal is the name of our desire.


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Don't Let Mercury Back in Our Air and Water

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October 8, 2018 | To stop this attack in its tracks, we need public officials stepping up. Take action today, and demand your elected officials join the outcry against this disastrous proposal.

Here are the details:

The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) protect against mercury and 84 other hazardous pollutants such as arsenic, sulfur dioxide, and lead, and the Trump Administration is now “reconsidering” the foundation upon which MATS stands. They’re just steps away from putting these crucial health protections on the chopping block.

EPA estimates that MATS save up to 11,000 lives per year and prevent thousands of heart attacks, asthma attacks and hospital visits each year. However, Trump and his administration have chosen to place the wishes of their allies before the health of children and families.

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The Anger Is Real. Let’s Do Something With It. Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

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