Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Chris Murphy (D-CT) compared Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-MA) so-called Green New Deal to the moon landing.Host Jake Tapper said, “You co-sponsored a resolution outlining a green new deal in the Senates that calls for a sweeping overhaul of the entire U.S. economy in ten years by ‘Meeting 100% of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emissionz energy sources.’ A fellow senator who caucuses with the Democrats, Independent Senator Angus King of Maine and Obama former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz say they don’t think this plan is realistic.” Murphy saidM, “I think it’s absolutely realistic and we need to set our sights high. There are a lot of people who said it wasn’t realistic for the United States to get a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s1 when President Kennedy initially outlined that goal but … [Read more...] about Dem Sen. Murphy: Green New Deal Comparable to Moon Landing
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It’s hard to recall a Washington idea that has rocketed to prominence as quickly as the “Green New Deal,“ rookie Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s radical proposal to decarbonize the American economy. House Democratic leaders have created a new select committee on climate change to pursue a Green New Deal. Democratic candidates for president are racing to endorse a Green New Deal. The details are still up in the air, but a massive climate investment is suddenly emerging as tentpole of Democratic politics. Although the idea sounds as radical and new as Ocasio-Cortez herself, it’s been done once before, and just a decade ago: President Barack Obama signed a prototype Green New Deal into law in February 2009, pouring an unprecedented $90 billion into clean electricity, renewable fuels, advanced batteries, energy efficiency, a smarter grid and a slew of other green initiatives.Story Continued Below If you haven’t heard of … [Read more...] about The Trouble With the ‘Green New Deal’
Democrats are rallying to turn the “Green New Deal” into a centerpiece of their Capitol Hill agenda and the party’s 2020 platform — as soon as they decide what exactly it is. The term has become a potent brand name for a slate of ideas for transforming the economy and fighting climate change, championed by progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and embraced, at least cautiously, by potential presidential nominees including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Beto O’Rourke.Story Continued Below But not all Democrats have signed onto the full agenda that Ocasio-Cortez and her activist allies have rolled into their Green New Deal platforms — which encompasses proposals such as a complete switch to clean energy by 2030, big tax increases on the wealthy, retrofits of every building in the U.S. and a federal guarantee of a well-paying job to everyone who wants one. And some leading Democrats on the Hill … [Read more...] about Question for Democrats: What is a ‘Green New Deal’?
Taxing carbon to tackle climate change is one of those big ideas that have long held a kind of bipartisan sway in Washington — endorsed by Al Gore and former members of Ronald Reagan’s Cabinet, economists from both parties and even Exxon Mobil. But environmentalists are increasingly ready to look elsewhere.Story Continued Below This month's fuel-tax riots in Paris and the defeat of a carbon-fee ballot measure in Washington state show the difficulty of getting people to support a levy on the energy sources that heat their homes and power their cars. Meanwhile, even the most liberal Democratic candidates this year gave carbon taxes scant if any mention in their climate platforms, focusing instead on proposals like a phaseout of fossil fuels and massive investments in wind and solar power. The story of the carbon tax’s fading appeal, even among groups that like it in principle, shows the difficulties of crafting a politically palatable solution to one of the … [Read more...] about Why greens are turning away from a carbon tax
In the adventure classic Back to the Future, Emmett “Doc” Brown uses energy generated from rubbish to power his DeLorean time machine. But while a time machine may still be some way off, the prospect of using rubbish for fuel isn’t too far from reality. Plastics, in particular, contain mainly carbon and hydrogen, with similar energy content to conventional fuels such as diesel. Plastics are among the most valuable waste materials – although with the way people discard them, you probably wouldn’t know it. It’s possible to convert all plastics directly into useful forms of energy and chemicals for industry, using a process called “cold plasma pyrolysis”. Here be gadgets Not here exactly, but on our new hardware site Plugged. Here Pyrolysis is a method of heating, which decomposes organic materials at temperatures between 400℃ and 650℃, in an environment with limited oxygen. Pyrolysis is normally used to generate energy in … [Read more...] about How we can turn plastic waste into green energy