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Climate Crisis Legislation

Do you support the Green New Deal and similar legislation which enact policies that will immediately lower emissions through their implementation?

BACKGROUND

  • Climate breakdown is an existential threat to the global environment, human and nonhuman life, security and economies;
  • The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has determined that in order to avoid the most severe impacts of a changing climate the world must cut greenhouse gas emissions from human sources in half by 2030 and achieve net-zero global emissions by 2050;
  • The Green New Deal calls for a 10-year national mobilization effort, including the following goals and projects as much as is technologically feasible: building smart power grids; upgrading existing buildings and constructing new buildings to achieve maximum energy and water efficiency; removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and agricultural sectors; cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites;

REFERENCES

  • EQ Research, “States Chart Paths to 100% Targets,” https://eq-research.com/blog/100/ and Environment America, “Nine States Campaign for 100 Percent Clean Energy,” https://environmentamerica.org/news/ame/nine-statescampaign-100-percent-clean-energy

Renewable Energy

Do you support the premise that the US federal government should actively support an energy transition to a clean, renewable power system, to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, with binding interim deadlines at 2025, 2030, 2035, 2040, and 2045?

BACKGROUND

  • The dangerous and expensive threat of climate change is compelling us to eliminate sources of anthropogenic carbon pollution in order to avoid serious ecosystem degradation or
    even collapse;
  • Catastrophes continue to engulf our planet, including rising sea levels, intensifying
    storms, floods, landslides, melting glaciers, fires, desertification and more;
  • Even our life-support system on earth is jeopardized by a warming of more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels;
  • Renewable energy is now competitive with coal in 75% of cases, and will soon be less expensive than all fossil fuels;
  • Grid management and energy storage technologies are rapidly developing to meet the challenges of managing high volumes of renewable energy;
  • Renewable energies drastically reduce the pollution of our air, land, and water, and can provide the basis of a new “green” economy with plentiful jobs and adequate energy for our
    well-being and our industry;
  • Climate science has been under systematic attack by climate change deniers, including the present administration, with renewable energy research to be cut from $2.3 billion
    to $700 million in the 2020 federal budget;
  • Experimental and pilot programs have been developed to ease the transition from fossil-fuel related jobs to renewable energy and other jobs;
  • Markets alone are not capable of piloting a systems-level change, especially in the face of entrenched oligopolistic energy corporations with their subsidies, amortized infrastructure
    and assets, and established supply chains and delivery systems;
  • Democrats and Republicans alike have argued that alternative energy programs help ensure US energy security.

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