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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Green New Deal - Saving the Planet will not be EASY - but at least NOW THERE IS A PLAN!

The Green New Deal as outlined by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts is a way to get started.  But it's only the beginning.  


This Resolution to be voted on in Congress soon - must become a major WORLD WIDE MOBILIZATION to work in time to save us.  Get Mobilized.  Study the Plan - Tell the World about this most momentous decision that must be made - or else the Human Race may go the way of the Dodo Bird.  We'll be filling this in with related information that makes this all far more practical than the critics think.  There is new technology and systems just around the corner, such as Artificial Intelligence that can make this all a simple and fast, inexpensive and a 'just-in-the-nick-of-time solution.  


IF NOT NOW - WHEN?  IF NOT YOU - WHO?

 Come back for more details as we post them.  We're also preparing a new book and lecture series to make it all come together and irrefutable.





With inspired leadership provided by amazing people - THERE IS HOPE

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H. RES. 109
** MY NOTATIONS IN GREEN **

  Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 7, 2019 Ms. Ocasio-Cortez (for herself, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Tlaib, Mr. Serrano, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Vargas, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. Lynch, Ms. Velázquez, Mr.Blumenauer, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Castro of Texas, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. Jayapal, Mr. Khanna, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Ms. Pressley, Mr. Welch, Mr. Engel, Mr. Neguse, Mr. Nadler, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Takano, Ms. Norton, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Lowenthal, Ms. Matsui, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Levin of California, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Huffman, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. García of Illinois, Mr. Higgins of New York, Ms. Haaland, Ms. Meng, Mr. Carbajal, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Ms. Mucarsel-Powell, Mr. Moulton, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Meeks, Mr. Sablan, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Bonamici, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Levin of Michigan, Ms. McCollum, Mr. DeSaulnier, Mr. Courtney, Mr.Larson of Connecticut, Ms. Escobar, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Keating, Mr. DeFazio, Ms. Eshoo, Mrs. Trahan, Mr. Gomez, Mr. Kennedy, and Ms. Waters) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Education and Labor, Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, the Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
RESOLUTION
Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
Whereas the October 2018 report entitled “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the November 2018 Fourth National Climate Assessment report found that—

(1) human activity is the dominant cause of observed climate change over the past century; 
** Despite what Climate Change Deniers say, it should be obvious to anyone with a brain that it is our use of cars and trucks by the billions of hours every day that is causing the Earth to heat up.  If you just open your eyes and look at the tail-pipes of the five to ten million cars that traveled along the same road you are driving on, you can do the math in your head.  Every gas-burning vehicle has to belch forth at least 5 lbs of soot and smoke and toxic Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Sulfur Dioxide every few miles.  Still don't believe me that cars and trucks are poisoning all life on the planet?  So, do this for me, drive your car into your garage or any enclosed space.  Leave your motor running and read a magazine or a good long book in your car.  Report back to me what happened.  (That's one less 'Climate Denier' to deal with. **

(2) a changing climate is causing sea levels to rise and an increase in wildfires, severe storms, droughts, and other extreme weather events that threaten human life, healthy communities, and critical infrastructure;  ** Just ask the people who have lost their homes to fires and floods if they think we're living in normal times. ** 

(3) global warming at or above 2 degrees Celsius beyond preindustrialized levels will cause—
(A) mass migration from the regions most affected by climate change; ** Ask yourself why President Trump really wants his WALL?  Why England is breaking away from the EU?  Why armies are massing at almost every border? ** 

(B) more than $500,000,000,000 in lost annual economic output in the United States by the year 2100;  ** I believe it's more like 500 Trillion, not the very low 500 Billion they are predicting here because they don't take into account how hard a human being can work if they're suffocating.  Yes, many of us will be on OXYGEN TANKS, but not more than a small percentage will be able to afford Oxygen by this time. **  

(C) wildfires that, by 2050, will annually burn at least twice as much forest area in the western United States than was typically burned by wildfires in the years preceding 2019;  ** This is obvious.  The fires are worse every year.  But, it's not just the forests, it's the homes and infra-structure, roads, bridges, damns that are destroyed and cause even more damage later on when it rains hard the following winter.  Most people don't realize also that lost FORESTS MAKE THE PROBLEM worse because trees ABSORB the toxic gases and BREATHE OUT clean and pure oxygen that we need to live. ** 

(D) a loss of more than 99 percent of all coral reefs on Earth;  ** This is really bad news because the Coral Reefs are where sea life is spawned and all of the plankton and other tiniest of animals in the ocean are the main provider of LIFE-GIVING OXYGEN that we need to breathe.  Losing the Coral Reefs will have an effect of hastening the day when there's so little oxygen in the air that we breathe that billions of us will start to die of suffocation.  If could only arrange it so that the Climate-Deniers are the first to go - we might be able to save the rest of us, but suffocation will not be able to discern the differences among us.  We will all go at the same rate, sadly. ** 

(E) more than 350,000,000 more people to be exposed globally to deadly heat stress by 2050; and

(F) a risk of damage to $1,000,000,000,000 of public infrastructure and coastal real estate in the United States; and

(4) global temperatures must be kept below 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrialized levels to avoid the most severe impacts of a changing climate, which will require—

(A) global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from human sources of 40 to 60 percent from 2010 levels by 2030; and

(B) net-zero global emissions by 2050;

Whereas, because the United States has historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions, having emitted 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions through 2014, and has a high technological capacity, the United States must take a leading role in reducing emissions through economic transformation;

Whereas the United States is currently experiencing several related crises, with—
(1) life expectancy declining while basic needs, such as clean air, clean water, healthy food, and adequate health care, housing, transportation, and education, are inaccessible to a significant portion of the United States population;

(2) a 4-decade trend of wage stagnation, deindustrialization, and antilabor policies that has led to—
(A) hourly wages overall stagnating since the 1970s despite increased worker productivity;

(B) the third-worst level of socioeconomic mobility in the developed world before the Great Recession;

(C) the erosion of the earning and bargaining power of workers in the United States; and

(D) inadequate resources for public sector workers to confront the challenges of climate change at local, State, and Federal levels; and

(3) the greatest income inequality since the 1920s, with—
(A) the top 1 percent of earners accruing 91 percent of gains in the first few years of economic recovery after the Great Recession;

(B) a large racial wealth divide amounting to a difference of 20 times more wealth between the average white family and the average black family; and

(C) a gender earnings gap that results in women earning approximately 80 percent as much as men, at the median;

Whereas climate change, pollution, and environmental destruction have exacerbated systemic racial, regional, social, environmental, and economic injustices (referred to in this preamble as “systemic injustices”) by disproportionately affecting indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth (referred to in this preamble as “frontline and vulnerable communities”);

Whereas, climate change constitutes a direct threat to the national security of the United States—
(1) by impacting the economic, environmental, and social stability of countries and communities around the world; and

(2) by acting as a threat multiplier;
Whereas the Federal Government-led mobilizations during World War II and the New Deal created the greatest middle class that the United States has ever seen, but many members of frontline and vulnerable communities were excluded from many of the economic and societal benefits of those mobilizations; and

Whereas the House of Representatives recognizes that a new national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal era is a historic opportunity—

(1) to create millions of good, high-wage jobs in the United States;

(2) to provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States; and

(3) to counteract systemic injustices: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that—
(1) it is the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal—
(A) to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers;

(B) to create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States;

(C) to invest in the infrastructure and industry of the United States to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century;

(D) to secure for all people of the United States for generations to come—
(i) clean air and water;

(ii) climate and community resiliency;

(iii) healthy food;  ** This is where the Republicans claim that we want to take your hamburgers away.  No, we just want you to eat a healthier diet so that you can think straight, have more energy, require less drugs, be more productive, and live longer. ** 

(iv) access to nature; and  ** What's wrong with getting out-doors, hiking, climbing, bicycling, watching the birds and squirrels enjoying this wonderful planet - getting relaxed, finding some peace and quiet contemplation. Do you always have to be driving in your car to the local McDonalds? ** 

(v) a sustainable environment; and

(E) to promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth (referred to in this resolution as “frontline and vulnerable communities”);  ** Do people who are not as fortunate as you have the same rights to life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness?  Or is it just you? **

(2) the goals described in subparagraphs (A) through (E) of paragraph (1) (referred to in this resolution as the “Green New Deal goals”) should be accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization (referred to in this resolution as the “Green New Deal mobilization”) that will require the following goals and projects—

** This SECTION BELOW is how we can also alter the Economic System so that it benefits all the workers more equitably.  After the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the finest man who ever breathed the air, put Americans to work building public works projects like the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge.  This is the kind of program we need now to put people to work whose talents would be otherwise wasted and the economic system would have to support anyway, but if you're accomplishing something that will SAVE THE PLANET - that's a good thing - not a bad thing - right?  You see that? ** 

(A) building resiliency against climate change-related disasters, such as extreme weather, including by leveraging funding and providing investments for community-defined projects and strategies;

(B) repairing and upgrading the infrastructure in the United States, including—
(i) by eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible;

(ii) by guaranteeing universal access to clean water;

(iii) by reducing the risks posed by climate impacts; and

(iv) by ensuring that any infrastructure bill considered by Congress addresses climate change;

(C) meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources, including—
(i) by dramatically expanding and upgrading renewable power sources; and

(ii) by deploying new capacity;

(D) building or upgrading to energy-efficient, distributed, and “smart” power grids, and ensuring affordable access to electricity;

(E) upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification;

(F) spurring massive growth in clean manufacturing in the United States and removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and industry as much as is technologically feasible, including by expanding renewable energy manufacturing and investing in existing manufacturing and industry;

(G) working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible, including—
(i) by supporting family farming;

(ii) by investing in sustainable farming and land use practices that increase soil health; and

(iii) by building a more sustainable food system that ensures universal access to healthy food;  ** Again, when we use complicated sentences like these, the Republicans think it means that we're going to take their Hamburgers away from them.  This kind of thinking is what I call 'gummed up thinking' probably caused by too much animal fat in their diets.  We're just saying, it's healthier for the planet and your own longevity and energy is you ate less beef and chicken and more of what these creatures eat, GREENS.  The GREEN NEW DEAL is about eating and living GREEN on a GREEN planet, so that you have some planet left that you can give to your children.  ** 

(H) overhauling transportation systems in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible, including through investment in—
(i) zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing;

(ii) clean, affordable, and accessible public transit; and

(iii) high-speed rail; ** This is where the Republicans think that we're going to require that you NEVER fly in an airliner again.  It doesn't say that.  We're suggesting that high-speed rail could and should compete with highly inefficient and gaseous airliners so that we use them less and less.  Have you ever noticed the CONTRAILS they leave in the sky?  These act like clouds to deflect the sun's energy which is part of the Climate Change problem.  OPEN YOUR EYES - look at the sky once in a while and you will be amazed at the truth hitting you on the head every day. ** 

(I) mitigating and managing the long-term adverse health, economic, and other effects of pollution and climate change, including by providing funding for community-defined projects and strategies;

(J) removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and reducing pollution by restoring natural ecosystems through proven low-tech solutions that increase soil carbon storage, such as land preservation and afforestation;  ** Forests and life in the ocean are what gives us the life-giving oxygen that we need to live.  Do you want to suffocate to death?  That's what's coming unless you get on board with these goals.  At least open your mind to them and read a little Science before making your fear mongering claims that you're losing your Hamburgers - please? ** 

(K) restoring and protecting threatened, endangered, and fragile ecosystems through locally appropriate and science-based projects that enhance biodiversity and support climate resiliency;

(L) cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites, ensuring economic development and sustainability on those sites; ** This stuff is leaking into our air and water.  I say find the people who made these waste dumps and force them to pay for the clean-up.  Under a Republican EPA - we'll never make any progress.  Just going backwards and making it worse for future generations to have to clean up after these slobs ** 

(M) identifying other emission and pollution sources and creating solutions to remove them; and

(N) promoting the international exchange of technology, expertise, products, funding, and services, with the aim of making the United States the international leader on climate action, and to help other countries achieve a Green New Deal;

(3) a Green New Deal must be developed through transparent and inclusive consultation, collaboration, and partnership with frontline and vulnerable communities, labor unions, worker cooperatives, civil society groups, academia, and businesses; and

(4) to achieve the Green New Deal goals and mobilization, a Green New Deal will require the following goals and projects—
(A) providing and leveraging, in a way that ensures that the public receives appropriate ownership stakes and returns on investment, adequate capital (including through community grants, public banks, and other public financing), technical expertise, supporting policies, and other forms of assistance to communities, organizations, Federal, State, and local government agencies, and businesses working on the Green New Deal mobilization;

(B) ensuring that the Federal Government takes into account the complete environmental and social costs and impacts of emissions through—
(i) existing laws;

(ii) new policies and programs; and

(iii) ensuring that frontline and vulnerable communities shall not be adversely affected;

(C) providing resources, training, and high-quality education, including higher education, to all people of the United States, with a focus on frontline and vulnerable communities, so that all people of the United States may be full and equal participants in the Green New Deal mobilization;  ** A mobilization is exactly what is required.  We must ALL get on board with these goals or else it could be too late and we should just roll over and die.  There is really no more time to be debating these issues any longer because we are reaching the 'TIPPING POINT' where there could remain no choices that are guaranteed to reverse the impact of the last 500 years and so we go extinct.  It's happened to millions of species over the millennia.  We must not take the slightest chance of extinction of the human being - unless it's the extinction of the Climate Deniers.  I would support the extinction of that branch of human thought because it's the only hope for the rest of us. ** 

(D) making public investments in the research and development of new clean and renewable energy technologies and industries;

(E) directing investments to spur economic development, deepen and diversify industry and business in local and regional economies, and build wealth and community ownership, while prioritizing high-quality job creation and economic, social, and environmental benefits in frontline and vulnerable communities, and deindustrialized communities, that may otherwise struggle with the transition away from greenhouse gas intensive industries;

(F) ensuring the use of democratic and participatory processes that are inclusive of and led by frontline and vulnerable communities and workers to plan, implement, and administer the Green New Deal mobilization at the local level;

(G) ensuring that the Green New Deal mobilization creates high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages, hires local workers, offers training and advancement opportunities, and guarantees wage and benefit parity for workers affected by the transition;

(H) guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States;

(I) strengthening and protecting the right of all workers to organize, unionize, and collectively bargain free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment;

(J) strengthening and enforcing labor, workplace health and safety, antidiscrimination, and wage and hour standards across all employers, industries, and sectors;

(K) enacting and enforcing trade rules, procurement standards, and border adjustments with strong labor and environmental protections—
(i) to stop the transfer of jobs and pollution overseas; and

(ii) to grow domestic manufacturing in the United States;

(L) ensuring that public lands, waters, and oceans are protected and that eminent domain is not abused;

(M) obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of indigenous peoples for all decisions that affect indigenous peoples and their traditional territories, honoring all treaties and agreements with indigenous peoples, and protecting and enforcing the sovereignty and land rights of indigenous peoples;

(N) ensuring a commercial environment where every businessperson is free from unfair competition and domination by domestic or international monopolies; and

(O) providing all people of the United States with—
(i) high-quality health care;

(ii) affordable, safe, and adequate housing;

(iii) economic security; and

(iv) clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and access to nature.

This CALL FOR UNITY by the best members in Congress - for the Human Spirit - to join in an historic Mobilization of all of our personal energies is what I call 'Thinking Outside The Box.'  We find in this Congressional Resolution, a New Deal for Everyone that would be even more impactful on our lives than the New Deal brought forth by Franklin D. Roosevelt - a saint in my mind and certainly the best President of this or any other country in history.  There is no one comes even remotely close.  What FDR taught us is that the purpose and mission of a good government is to be socially responsible by delivering things to people what people cannot deliver to themselves.

The Green New Deal would be even more historic and beneficial for ALL of humanity, not just America, because it would save the entire Human Society. What is more 'Socialistic' than that?  How can that be a bad thing?


COMING SOON 
to a MOVIE THEATER NEAR YOU


NASA SHOWS HOW FAST OUR PLANET IS CHANGING


FOR THOSE who think these goals are IMPOSSIBLE and PIE in the SKY - 


This guy got up to 89 Miles Per Hour using only his feet, nothing else.

BHOOO~YAH!




FROM NBC NEWS:
Days before his death, the 'grandfather' of climate science left a final warning

Wallace Smith Broecker, the scientist who popularized the term “global warming” and first described the critical role oceans play on climate, had an urgent message just days before his death.

Humanity is not moving quickly enough to slow the production of carbon dioxide that is warming the Earth, Broecker said on Feb. 11 on a livestream to a meeting of top climate researchers. “If we are going to prevent the planet from warming up another couple of degrees, we are going to have to go to geoengineering,” he said.

A week after his dramatic appeal, Broecker, 87, died of congestive heart failure.
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