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Post by Addie » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:08 pm

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'Great Example' of Local Organizing as Maine AFL-CIO Signs Onto #GreenNewDeal

"The work of moving towards a renewable economy must be rooted in workers's rights and economic and social justice."


Maine's Green New Deal legislation is the first to be backed by labor unions.

The Maine AFL-CIO made its support for the state-level bill public on Tuesday.

The union delivered a strong statement allying the organization with the environmentally friendly policy from executive director Matt Schlobohm.

Schlobohm said that the Green New Deal could answer the "twin crises" of climate change and inequality.

"Climate change and inequality pose dire threats to working people, to all that we love about Maine, and to our democracy," said Schlobohm. "The work of moving towards a renewable economy must be rooted in workers's rights and economic and social justice."

The announcement of the union support came from freshman Democratic state Rep. Chloe Maxmin, who introduced the bill last month.



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Post by Addie » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:02 pm

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New York City Passes Historic Climate Legislation

The Climate Mobilization Act lays the groundwork for New York City’s own Green New Deal.


The nation’s largest and most economically influential city passed a historic bill Thursday capping climate-changing pollution from big buildings and mandating unprecedented cuts to greenhouse gases.

The City Council approved the legislation in a 45-to-2 vote Thursday afternoon, all but ensuring its passage by a mayor eager to burnish his climate bona fides ahead of a potential run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

“We are on the precipice of climate disaster, and New York City is acting,” Corey Johnson, the council speaker, said in a statement. “I hope other cities follow suit.”

The effort demonstrates one of the clearest examples yet of what a municipal version of the Green New Deal, the national movement for a multi-trillion dollar climate-friendly industrial plan, might look like. The legislation is forecast to spur thousands of blue-collar jobs and make it easier for the city to take advantage of future state and federal funding for clean energy projects and climate change-ready infrastructure.

The measure, introduced by Councilman Costa Constantinides, a Democrat from Queens, is the centerpiece of a suite of six climate bills packaged together as the Climate Mobilization Act.



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Post by Addie » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:24 pm

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Puerto Rico Is The Best Argument For The Green New Deal

The island, still struggling under the 2017 hurricane damage, shows why half-measure climate change policies won’t work. ...


When the skies open up ― as they often do ― the Caño Martín Peña, a nearly four-mile canal that connects San Juan Bay to two lagoons in the middle of Puerto Rico’s sprawling capital city, floods into her neighborhood. And with the floodwaters come rats, trash and human feces, flowing through the winding streets. Cruz is one of 26,000 people who live in the communities ― some of the city’s poorest ― that nestle along the channel.

The canal is a literal cesspool. The Environmental Protection Agency found fecal bacteria there in concentrations of 1.5 million colonies per 100 milliliters of water, which is 7,500 times the level considered safe. Asthma rates for children under 5 living near the canal are twice the average for the rest of Puerto Rico. The National Institutes of Health found that the likelihood of suffering diarrheal diseases and mosquito-borne dengue infections surges the closer someone lives to the channel.

The risk of floods increases as climate change raises sea levels and exacerbates storms, and it threatens the nearby Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, a vital hub for people and goods on an island dependent almost entirely on imports from the mainland.

The solution to the problem is straightforward: The canal needs to be dredged.

Yet Senate Republicans nixed money earmarked for the canal during the latest row over relief funding as President Donald Trump launched new attacks on Puerto Rico, accusing the debt-strangled territorial government of abusing disaster aid. The canal had issues before hurricanes Irma and Maria made landfall in September 2017, but the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s rules limit disaster funds to rebuilding what was destroyed, not making improvements. And as it is, that funding is just trickling in a year and a half after the storms, and the channel waits in a long line of infrastructure in need of upgrades.

The fate of the canal, say advocates and policymakers, shows exactly why the United States needs a Green New Deal. Puerto Rico’s high unemployment rate and natural affinity for renewable energy already match up with the idea of a national plan to ramp up clean energy manufacturing and provide millions of good-paying jobs. But the Green New Deal’s promise of salvation for impoverished communities at risk from extreme weather and sea level rise is what fits so well with this trash-strewn channel.



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Post by Addie » Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:45 pm

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Trump’s notoriously wasteful real estate properties will be forced to go green under new bill

President's hometown of New York city passed one of most sweeping climate change bills worldwide


Donald Trump’s hometown is going green — and forcing the president’s real estate properties to take part in the venture.

The New York city council passed a sweeping measure to address global warming last week called the Climate Mobilisation Act. The bill creates strict environmental regulations for many of the Big Apple’s largest buildings in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has expressed his support for the legislation and is expected to sign it in the coming days.

The act requires buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to instal insulation and new windows, while cutting carbon emissions by 40 per cent in 2030.

While some of New York’s skyscrapers and well-known building have taken steps to meet the challenges of climate change, Mr Trump’s properties have routinely been cited as some of the city’s biggest polluters.



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Post by Volkonski » Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:59 pm

And on the greater North Fork-

Suffolk bills banning polystyrene foam products, plastic straws and stirrers are signed into law on Earth Day

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/04/22/s ... earth-day/
Previous county legislation that imposed a 5-cent fee on single-use plastic bags dramatically reduced their use in Suffolk and resulted in “removing more than a billion plastic bags in the first year,” Hahn said.

The new law is expected to remove more than a million plastic straws in the its first year, she said.

Hahn encouraged residents to look for restaurants that have already taken a straw-less pledge in advance of the law’s effective date.

“They are committting to protecting our environment and protecting our wildlife,” she said.
Environmental advocates have urged government to adopt bans on single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and utensils, citing disposal costs as well as impacts on wildlife — marine life in particular.


Image“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”
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