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The Race to Shape the Green New Deal

Do you support the Green New Deal?

by Axios | Updated on 1.10.19

A suite of groups on the environmental movement's left flank are out with a new open letter to House members about their legislative goals around climate change.

Why it matters: The statement endorsed by groups including Friends of the Earth and 350.org is an early sign of efforts to influence the shape of the Green New Deal (and climate policy more broadly).

What they're saying: The letter calls for various aggressive and "visionary" measures they say are needed to hold the global temperature rise to 1.5°C, such as...

  • Ending fossil fuel leasing on public lands and halting approval of fossil fuel infrastructure.
  • Moving the country to 100% renewable electricity by 2035 at the latest.
  • Decarbonizing transportation with major investments in public transit, and phasing out sales of internal combustion vehicles.
  • Using the "full power" of the Clean Air Act by setting strict deadlines for emissions cuts from transportation, smokestacks and other sources.

The groups behind the letter include the Center for Biological Diversity, the Climate Justice Alliance, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Food & Water Watch, Oil Change USA and more.

  • All told, several hundred groups — a tally that includes a large number of local organizations — signed on.
  • Yes, but: It does not include a number of the largest players in climate politics, like the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund.

The big picture: It's part of a wider effort to both lay down markers and eventually craft policy specifics around the plan, both in Congress and on the campaign trail.

  • A spokesperson for the Sunrise Movement, a group at the forefront of the Green New Deal push that also signed the new letter, tells me they've been meeting with the campaigns of 2020 White House hopefuls.

The intrigue: One notable omission from the new letter is a call for carbon taxes or other forms of carbon pricing.

  • 350.org's Jamie Henn says his organization feels the letter is aimed at promoting ideas that are often missing or downplayed in Washington.
  • He says it's not a statement against carbon pricing, but does signal that progressives don't see pricing as the central pillar of cutting emissions to the degree needed.

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  • Lionman
    Voted Support
    01/10/2019
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    It’s a Big, Harry, Audacious Goal (BHAG), and not likely something we can fully accomplish. But, that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t make positive improvement trying to get there. Will it take longer than they think? Probably, even they admit that. But, if we don’t start, we’ll never accomplish anything. In the end, unfortunately, there will be some of the same faces in Congress at the end of it, who are there at the start.

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  • JTJ
    Voted Oppose
    01/10/2019
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    Don’t be stupid, leftists don’t give a crap about the climate. They are using climate change to push socialism. This is about the domination and destruction of America. Wake up!

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  • John
    01/10/2019
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    This bill is a joke, only committing America to follow this will not curb Global warming, if there is such a thing anyway. Other countries would have to change too and i dont see that happening.

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  • BlueSphere
    Voted Support
    01/10/2019
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    Yes, I support the Green New Deal. Keep working on it! 🤗

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  • Robert
    Voted Oppose
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    More liberal nonsense.

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  • Craig
    01/11/2019
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    This is where democratic (small d) energy needs to be. When the country was on the brink FDR had the strength to pull us back. The far right hates him still. It was worth the price.

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  • Eric
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    70% top marginal tax rate at $10mill? Say no more. Let’s do it

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  • John
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    Before it is too late, ACT!

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  • ConservativeGuy
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    There is no New Green Deal. How can anybody support it? Those of you who do support it should park their car, turn off their heat and lights, process their own food and clothing and recycle their own waste.

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  • Jeffrey
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    We’ve already determined and verified that we can be sustained on “green” energy which would be better all the way around. Cars powered by electric, houses powered by solar panels, etc. why are people so stuck on stupid that they wouldn’t want to better the environment and themselves.

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  • Milan
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    This is something we need to come together and work out. 70% seems impossible - but make it a more palatable number with progressive tax rate that people can live with. No business or anything else will survive if the planet becomes inhospitable. Whether you believe climate change is human caused or not isn’t even the point. It is happening. We do know for a fact that deforestation takes a heavy toll and continuing to ravage virgin land which is sequestering carbon is nothing if not insane. We know that pollution is at unsustainable levels. We do know that Big Ag is using systems that cannot continue because they are destroying our oceans with their heavy synthetic fertilizers. We know that factory farming is unsustainable - especially in light of more frequent natural disasters that damage the waste systems and release toxic fluid into our drinking water. We know that fossil fuels are releasing carbon into the atmosphere that at the very minimum cause unhealthy air. We have not even addressed the fact that the EPA is allowing pollinator killing pesticides and herbicides into our food supply and threatening the very existence of future production. This is unacceptable. We need a multi pronged approach now - our carbon levels have been rising since Trump game into office - and we should have been leading the world in lowering these.

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  • Sean
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    70% taxes to support the hoax of “global warming.” Climate change is real as we are having colder winters also. Mankind is not as responsible as the media makes it out to be. This is just a reason to raise taxes instead of making smarter choices in spending and trading. Typical ignorance of the left and their followers. Smh

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  • Miles
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    This deal would permanently ruin the country. The amount of money ACTUALLY required for all of these things would require literally all tax money (at a ridiculous 70%) to be funneled at one thing for many decades. The plan proposed is a disguise for redistribution of wealth, would fail miserably & is economically illiterate. Ocasio-Cortez is a moron.

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  • A
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    We must do something to create a sustainable economy and a livable planet.

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  • Mary
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    01/11/2019
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    I support the planet and everything that we can do to stop global warming. Conserve, develop alternative energies,create new jobs in the alternative energy fields and respect our planet for this is all we have for ourselves and future generations of inhabitants.

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  • 1958FRO
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    Global warming and climate change needs immediate attention.

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  • RAN
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    Absolutely not, it’s nothing but socialism and control over the people.

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  • Chuck
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    Anyone with common sense should know all this going Green environmental crap is nothing but fear-mongering US towards globalization and Socialism! Many of our political paid prostitutes have bowed their knees to the Climate Change Golden calf of the United Nations selling US out and OUR American Heritage of Liberty and Freedom making global government into God!

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  • eliyak
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    The last thing we need is another spending spree. Pay down the debt and reform/abolish Social Security before it runs out of funds!

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted Oppose
    01/12/2019
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    Fake science, fake news! We will waste trillions on this false narrative while ignoring the crisis on the border!

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  • Sandra
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    01/10/2019
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    "Bout time...and hopefully....in time.

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