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12 februari 2019

Green New Deal is democratische noodzaak, geen 'socialisme'

War II-scale action on climate. Here’s what that looks like.

Door Joe Romm, Think Progress / Climate Progress, 12 februari 2019

The Green New Deal resolution [volledige tekst: PDF] introduced last week by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) states that fighting climate change requires “a new national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II.”

The world’s leading climate scientists agree. In 2015, for instance, they called for a sweeping mobilization — “a radical transition (deep decarbonization now and going forward),” as they described it — to avoid catastrophic impacts of climate change. And last October, the world’s nations unanimously agreed with our top scientists that preserving a livable climate requires “system changes” across the economy that “are unprecedented in terms of scale.”

Judging by their initial reactions to the Green New Deal resolution, President Donald Trump, Republican leaders, and other longtime opponents of climate action seem to have decided that the best way to block such an economy-wide mobilization is to try to paint it as “socialism.”

[...] Yes, the WWII effort was massive and sustained and impacted every facet of American life — from energy, transportation, and manufacturing to infrastructure and agriculture. But that did not require “socialism.” In fact, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “labor, business, government, education, and the military” all worked together “by democratic collaboration” to mobilize America for the war effort, as Lt. Col. Thomas Morgan explained in a 1994 article in the journal Army History.

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Later toegevoegd: 

The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn on the Green New Deal
Door Naomi Klein, The Intercept, 13 februari 2019

[...] I have written before about why the old New Deal, despite its failings, remains a useful touchstone for the kind of sweeping climate mobilization that is our only hope of lowering emissions in time. [...] Which is why it is so critical to remember that none of it would have happened without massive pressure from social movements.

The Game-Changing Promise of a Green New Deal
Door Naomi Klein, The Intercept, 27 november 2018

[...] I'll get to the Green New Deal and why we need to hold tight to that lifeline for all we're worth. But before that, bear with me for a visit to the grandstanding of climate politics past.

Fuel to the Fire: How Geoengineering Threatens to Entrench Fossil Fuels and Accelerate the Climate Crisis
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), 13 februari 2019

[...] A new report released today by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and Heinrich Boell Foundation exposes how a growing belief that geoengineering is needed to address climate change could actually undermine climate goals while locking in fossil fuel infrastructure for decades to come.

An opportunity for farmers in a Green New Deal
Nexus Media, 14 februari 2019

A Green New Deal could incentivize farming practices that help remove carbon pollution from the atmosphere.

'The most villainous act in the history of human civilisation.' Michael E Mann speaks out
Door Samantha Page, Cosmos, 17 februari 2019

[...] "The science that we are doing is a threat to the world's most powerful and wealthiest special interests. The most powerful and wealthiest special interest that has ever existed: the fossil fuel industry."

The Dangers Of Climate Change Pseudo-Activity
The Beam / Clean Technica, 18 februari 2019

[...] Our task as citizens is to be on our toes and call out these pseudo-actions for what they are: pseudo-solutions to a very real problem.

A World Without Clouds
Door Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine, 25 februari 2019

A state-of-the-art supercomputer simulation indicates that a feedback loop between global warming and cloud loss can push Earth’s climate past a disastrous tipping point in as little as a century.

The worst-case scenario for global warming just got 14°F worse
Door Joe Romm, Think Progress / Climate Progress, 26 februari 2019

"The Uninhabitable Earth" isn't just a book title, it's a warning. [...] "enough horror to induce a panic attack in even the most optimistic of those considering it."

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are quietly helping Big Oil destroy the climate
Door Joe Romm, Think Progress / Climate Progress, 28 februari 2019

So much for Google's slogan, "Don't be evil."

‘Devastating’ Arctic warming of 9-16°F now ‘locked in,’ UN researchers warn
Door Joe Romm, ThinkProgress / Climate Progress, 14 maart 2019

"A sleeping giant awakes" as carbon-rich permafrost starts to thaw.

Global warming is shrinking glaciers faster than thought
Door Seth Borenstein, Daily Journal,8 april 2019

In veel regio's vrijwel verdwenen rond 2100.

Last time CO2 levels were this high, sea levels were 60 feet higher and Antarctica had trees
Door Joe Romm, Climate Progress / Think Progress, 8 april 2019

Big oil is set to spend $5 trillion on fossil fuels we can’t afford to burn
Global Witness, 23 april 2019

The oil and gas industry is busy telling the world that we will need their fossil fuels for years to come, and that continuing to use oil and gas won’t wreck our chances of curbing climate change. So we took a look at the numbers – working with the latest climate science and industry forecasts – to see how much we could afford to burn while avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.

Permafrost collapse is accelerating carbon release
Door Merritt R. Turetskt et al., Nature, 30 april 2019

The sudden collapse of thawing soils in the Arctic might double the warming from greenhouse gases released from tundra, warn Merritt R. Turetsky and colleagues.

En zie mijn blogs:
De klimaatcrisis als (ont)sluitstuk van patriarchaal-culturele trauma's
Zeespiegelstijging: Nederland sluit de ogen voor mogelijke ondergang (en steekt de kop in zandsuppleties)
Smeltende permafrost kan meer methaan uitstoten dan gedacht: potentieel fatale feedback-loop
Zeespiegel van ijsvrije aarde
Hansen: aarde kan tweede Venus worden

2 opmerkingen:

  1. Anoniem21:42

    Ik zie nu pas dat het blog nog actief bijgehouden wordt. Wil graag kwijt dat ik Ikje Ergens mis op Twitter. De immer scherpe analyses heb ik altijd zeer gewaardeerd. Onmisbaar om eerlijk te zijn nu extreemrechts zo tekeer gaat wereldwijd. En o.a. het klimaat daar de dupe van wordt. Gelukkig is er AOC. De hoop in bange tijden. Met de green new deal. Dank voor alle harde werk. Je wordt gemist.

    1. Dankje! Over de klimaatcrisis zal ik wellicht zo heel nu en dan nog wat doorgeven op m'n blog. Verder hooguit iets in de sfeer van filosofie.
      Tweeten zal ik niet meer, misschien tenzij ik een andere invalshoek - 'opbouwendheid in plaats van strijd' - zou vinden.