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Topics in the News: Green New Deal


Kamala Harris on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Oct 7, 2020)
Carbon-neutral America by 2035

PENCE: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would put us back in the Paris Climate Accord. They'd impose the Green New Deal, which would crush American energy and would crush American jobs. President Trump and I believe the progress we have made in a cleaner environment has been happening because we have a free market economy. What's remarkable is the United States has reduced CO2 more than the countries that are still in the Paris Climate Accord, but we've done it through innovation.

HARRIS: Joe understands that the west coast is burning. Joe has seen and talked with the farmers in Iowa whose entire crops have been destroyed because of floods. Joe is about saying we're going to invest that in renewable energy, which is going to be about the creation of millions of jobs. We will achieve net zero emissions by 2050, carbon neutral by 2035We will also reenter the Climate Agreement with pride.

Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: 2020 Vice-Presidential Debate in Utah

Mike Pence on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Oct 7, 2020)
Biden's plan is a $2 trillion version of Green New Deal

PENCE: Joe Biden said, "I guarantee that we will abolish fossil fuels." They have a $2 trillion version of the Green New Deal, that USA Today said really wasn't that very different from the original Green New Deal. More taxes, more regulation, banning fracking, abolishing fossil fuel, crushing American energy and economic surrender to China is a prescription for economic decline. President Trump and I will keep America growing.

HARRIS: Joe Biden will not end fracking, he has been very clear about that.

PENCE: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would put us back in the Paris Climate Accord. They'd impose the Green New Deal, which would crush American energy and would crush American jobs. President Trump and I believe the progress we have made in a cleaner environment has been happening because we have a free market economy. What's remarkable is the United States has reduced CO2 more than the countries that are still in the Paris Climate Accord, but we've done it through innovation.

Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: 2020 Vice-Presidential Debate in Utah

Joe Biden on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Sep 29, 2020)
I support the Biden Plan, not the Green New Deal

Q: What about the argument that Pres. Trump basically says, that you have to balance environmental interests and economic interests?

BIDEN: This is a guy who says that you don't have to have mileage standards for automobiles that exist now.

TRUMP: Not true.

BIDEN: It's all true. And here's the deal--

TRUMP: He's talking about the Green New Deal.

BIDEN: I'm talking about the Biden plan.

Q: Is it going to cost a lot of money and hurt the economy?

BIDEN: What it's going to do, it's going to create millions of jobs.

TRUMP: This is a 100 trillion dollars.

BIDEN: The fact is, it's going to create millions of good paying jobs, and these tax incentives for people to weatherize, is going to make the economy much safer. Look how much we're paying now to deal with the hurricanes. We're going to be in a position where we can create good jobs by making sure the environment is clean, and we all are in better shape. We spend billions of dollars now, on floods, hurricanes, rising seas.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: First 2020 Presidential Debate, moderated by Chris Wallace

Joe Biden on Green New Deal: (Environment Sep 17, 2020)
Green New Deal is in platform and it's not too much

Q: Are you a firm supporter of the Green New Deal? Or do you think it's too much, too goes too far?

BIDEN: Oh, I don't think it's too much. Now, I have my own deal. I've laid it out in great detail. [The Green New Deal] was the Democratic Party's adopted platform. It requires for us to move in a direction to fundamentally change the way in which we deal with environment. I'm the guy that ran the Recovery Act which invested over $90 billion in bringing down the cost of renewable energy. So it's now more competitive than it is for coal, or for oil, or for gas. And by the way, before I actually went through the whole thing. I sat down with every one of the major unions, they all endorsed me. And I said, "look, this is good. It's not only good for the environment, it's going to provide jobs and you're not going to lose your jobs. Not producing the same energy producing different kind of energy."

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall 2020 drive-in with Anderson Cooper

Jo Jorgensen on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Aug 30, 2020)
No subsidies for energy, withdraw Paris Climate Accords

Q: Limit greenhouse gases or fund renewable energy?

Jo Jorgensen: No "Remove subsidies on all forms of energy production." Favors nuclear energy development and expanded offshore drilling. Withdraw from Paris Climate Accords.

Howie Hawkins: Yes. Supports a Green New Deal to achieve zero-to-negative greenhouse gas emissions and 100% clean energy by 2030.

Donald Trump: Climate scientists have "political agenda" risking "millions of jobs." Cut renewables funding. Withdraw US from Paris Agreement.

Click for Jo Jorgensen on other issues.   Source: CampusElect on 2020 presidential hopefuls

Kamala Harris on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Aug 23, 2020)
Deadlines for reducing greenhouse gases & renewable energy

Q: Is the Green New Deal still your ultimate goal?

HARRIS: We need to have a goal that is based on timelines, about saying that we're going to have deadlines on when we're going to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction, when we're going to have an investment in electric vehicles, and do what we need to do to invest in renewable energies, there's a whole plan about investing in infrastructure around renewable energies-- one million jobs will be created as a result of that.

Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: ABC This Week 2020 National Convention David Muir Q&A

Bernie Sanders on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Feb 19, 2020)
Fossil fuel profit is a moral issue

If we don't act boldly within the next six, seven years, there will be irreparable damage to the world. The Green New Deal will create up to 20 million good-paying jobs as we move our energy system away from fossil fuel to efficiency and sustainable energy. This is a moral issue. We have to take the responsibility of making sure that the planet we leave our children and grandchildren is a planet that is healthy and habitable. That is more important than the profits of the fossil fuel industry.
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: 9th Democrat 2020 primary debate, in Las Vegas Nevada

Tom Steyer on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Dec 24, 2019)
Supports Green New Deal & carbon-neutrality by 2045

Steyer backs the Green New Deal framework proposed by many Democrats and says that if Congress fails to enact it he would use the emergency powers of the presidency to implement climate policies.

His plan calls for a carbon-neutral economy by 2045. He would invest at least $2 trillion in federal spending over a decade into new infrastructure, transportation systems, and clean energy.

His plan would also create a civilian climate corps, which Steyer says would generate one million new jobs at a cost of $250 billion.

He would dedicate $50 billion to helping workers in fossil fuel industries transition to new careers while ensuring their health care and other benefits.

He promises to rejoin the international Paris Agreement on climate, which Trump withdrew from in 2017. He also pledges more aid to other countries to help them transition from fossil fuel use.

He is skeptical of nuclear power. He favors other technologies such as wind and solar power.

Click for Tom Steyer on other issues.   Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2019 Democratic primary

Tom Steyer on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Nov 7, 2019)
On Day 1: declare climate crisis a national emergency

On Day 1, I will declare the climate crisis a national emergency. In addition to taking bold executive actions, I will challenge Congress to pass vital legislation to enact a Green New Deal and provide additional funding to protect the country against climate and weather-related natural disasters. My Justice-Centered Climate Plan will eliminate fossil fuel pollution from all sectors to achieve a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero global warming pollution by no later than 2045.

I will ensure that protecting the climate is central to our diplomacy and trade policies. We can and will work with our partner nations to advance a global consensus. I will recommit to the Paris Climate Agreement and ratify the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol. I'll join the international Powering Past Coal Alliance, work to end global financing for coal-fired power plants and create a green screen for our foreign aid and investments.

Click for Tom Steyer on other issues.   Source: USA Today on 2019 Democratic primary

Bernie Sanders on Green New Deal: (Jobs Oct 15, 2019)
Create jobs with infrastructure repair & Green New Deal

Q: Are you promising that you will have a job for every American displaced by automation?

SANDERS: Damn right, we will. We have an infrastructure which is collapsing. We can put 15 million people to work rebuilding our roads, our bridges, our water systems, our wastewater plants, airports, etc. Furthermore, the Green New Deal that I have advocated will create up to 20 million jobs as we move away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: October Democratic CNN/NYTimes Primary debate

Julian Castro on Green New Deal: (Jobs Oct 15, 2019)
We need to invest and spark new job opportunities

I think we need to focus on making sure that we spark job opportunity for people across this country. I would invest in infrastructure to put people back to work. I would invest in a Green New Deal to unleash millions of new jobs in a clean energy economy. On top of that, we need to support working families. We need to invest in things like universal childcare so that people can afford childcare instead of having to pay 20% of their income for it.
Click for Julian Castro on other issues.   Source: October Democratic CNN/NYTimes Primary debate

Joe Biden on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Sep 4, 2019)
Credits Green New Deal, but it lacks specifics

Q: You don't support everything in the original Green New Deal. Is it unrealistic, promising too much?

BIDEN: No, it's not. But it doesn't have a lot of specifics about exactly what we'll do with regard to greenhouse gases. It doesn't have specifics of what programs are you going to initiate to be able to deal with getting a net zero emission. I think the Green New Deal deserves an enormous amount of credit for bringing this to a head in a way that it hasn't been before.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Climate Crisis Town Hall (CNN 2019 Democratic primary)

Bernie Sanders on Green New Deal: (Environment Sep 4, 2019)
Deal with existing nuclear waste before creating any more

Q: In your Green New Deal plan, you argue that nuclear energy is "a false solution" to the climate crisis. Why?

SANDERS: We got a heck of a lot of nuclear waste, which is going to stay around for many thousands of years. We don't know how to get rid of it right now. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me to add more dangerous waste when we don't know how to get rid of what we have right now. Number two, it costs a lot more to build a new nuclear power plant today than it does to go to solar or to go to wind. So I think that it is safer and more cost effective to move to sustainable energies like wind, solar, and geothermal, and not nuclear.

Q: Can you go carbon neutral without nuclear in the short term?

SANDERS: I think you can. And I think the scientists tell us, in fact, that we can. And I think if you talk to the people in Japan in terms of what happened at Fukushima, talk to the people in Russia what happened in Chernobyl, they may not feel so comfortable with nuclear power.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall marathon (10 Democrats)

Elizabeth Warren on Green New Deal: (Environment Sep 4, 2019)
We need a Blue New Deal to protect our oceans and fisheries

Q: The Green New Deal only mentions our oceans one time, but our seas soak up more than 25% of the world's carbon. So what's your plan for a Blue New Deal for the oceans?

WARREN: I like that. We need a Blue New Deal, as well [a Green New Deal]. I just want to say on this one about the oceans. The rising acidification and the fact that now, in Boston, the lobsters move to Maine because it's too warm in the waters. I talk to folks who fish commercially off our shores [in Massachusetts]. They keep pulling stuff up that they don't even know what it is--[because those species used to get caught] off the coast of Florida. Here's what really scares me. This isn't slowing down. It's speeding up. We count on our oceans for life, not just for food, but what it means in our entire climate. So you want to call it a Blue New Deal, count me in. But part of getting the carbon out of the air, out of the water, out of the soil is also about the change in what's happening in our oceans.

Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall marathon (10 Democrats)

Kamala Harris on Green New Deal: (Government Reform Sep 4, 2019)
Get rid of the Senate filibuster to pass Green New Deal

On the issue of this climate crisis, I'm going to tell you, I strongly believe this is a fight against powerful interests. And leaders need to lead. So, lead, follow, or get out the way, and get out the way starting with Donald Trump.

Yes, we need to work across the aisle. But I'm going to tell you, I have been there now two years and some months. I'm seeing no evidence of it. I kid you guys not--in our United States Congress, I was part of a committee hearing, during which the underlying premise of the hearing was to debate whether science should be the basis of public policy. This on a matter that is about an existential threat to who we are as human beings. So, again, back to the United States Congress, here's my point. If they fail to act, as president of the United States, I am prepared to get rid of the filibuster to pass a Green New Deal.

Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall marathon (10 Democrats)

Bernie Sanders on Green New Deal: (Health Care Sep 4, 2019)
We lose 30,000 people a year due to not going to the doctor

Q: Of all of your ambitious plans--free public college, Medicare-for-all, eliminating student debt, Green New Deal--

SANDERS: Keep going. You're doing great!

Q: What is the priority on climate change compared to all these others, if you have to choose?

SANDERS: Well, I have the radical idea that a sane Congress can walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. And, you know, there are so many crises that are out there today. I worry very much that we lose 30,000 people a year because they don't have the money to go to a doctor when they should and that 87 million people are uninsured or underinsured. And I will implement as president a Medicare-for-all single-payer program. So to my mind, it's not prioritizing this over that. It is finally having a government which represents working families and the middle class rather than wealthy campaign contributors. And when you do that, then things fall in place.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall marathon (10 Democrats)

Elizabeth Warren on Green New Deal: (Jobs Sep 4, 2019)
Require green technology be built by American union jobs

Q: What about those working in the fossil fuel industry now who worry about being displaced?

WARREN: This is one of the best parts about the Green New Deal. It's not only about setting the targets on green so that we save this planet. It's about a new deal for people who work. It's about worker justice. I have a green manufacturing plan. There is an estimated $17 trillion market for green around the world--what can we do? And I've got a three-part answer to that.

  1. Make the big investment in science and research and development, the things we do best here in America.
  2. We say to the world, "you can produce whatever we come up with, you can apply it, but whatever is manufactured from it, you have to manufacture right here in the U.S. That will produce an estimated 1.2 million new union manufacturing jobs.
  3. There are places where we're going to need to harden our infrastructure. The oceans are rising. We need our workers to have the good, well-paying jobs as part of that.
Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall marathon (10 Democrats)

Tulsi Gabbard on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Jul 31, 2019)
Off Fossil Fuel Act: plan to deal with climate change

Long before there was ever a Green New Deal, I introduced the most ambitious climate change legislation ever in Congress called the Off Fossil Fuels Act. That actually laid out an actionable plan to take us from where we are today to transition off of fossil fuels and invest in green renewable energy, invest in workforce training, invest in the kinds of infrastructure that we need to deal with the problems and the challenges that climate is posing to us today.
Click for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.   Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit)

John Delaney on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Jul 30, 2019)
Keep climate change separate from other issues

Q: You say the Green New Deal is about as realistic as Trump saying Mexico is going to pay for the wall. Why isn't this sweeping plan to fight the climate crisis realistic?

DELANEY: It ties its progress to other things that are completely unrelated to climate, like universal health care, guaranteed government jobs, and universal basic income. That only makes it harder to do. My plan will put a price on carbon, take all the money, give it back to the American people in a dividend. I'm going to increase the Department of Energy research budget by fivefold, because we have to innovate our way out of this problem. I'm going to create a market for direct air capture, which are machines that actually take carbon out of the atmosphere, because I don't think we'll get to net zero by 2050 unless we have those things.

Click for John Delaney on other issues.   Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit)

John Hickenlooper on Green New Deal: (Principles & Values Jul 30, 2019)
Favoring socialism is a disaster at the ballot box

Q: You ran a Facebook ad that warned "socialism is not the answer." The ad also said, "don't let extremes give Trump four more years," are you saying that Senator Sanders is too extreme to beat President Trump?

HICKENLOOPER: I'm saying this notion that you're going to take private insurance away from 180 million Americans--many of them don't want to get rid of it. Or [with] the Green New Deal, make sure that every American's guaranteed a government job if they want, that is a disaster at the ballot box, you might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump. I think we've got to focus on where Donald Trump is failing. Why is it soybean farmers in Iowa need 10 good years to get back to where they were 2 years ago? Where's the small manufacturing jobs that are supposed to come back? Why are we lurching from one international crisis to another? All things that he promised American voters, we've got to focus on that.

Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit)

Bernie Sanders on Green New Deal: (Principles & Values Jul 30, 2019)
Americans want "extreme" Democratic-Socialist solutions

Q [to Hickenlooper]: You ran a Facebook ad that warned "socialism is not the answer." The ad also said, "don't let extremes give Trump four more years." Are you saying that Senator Sanders is too extreme to beat President Trump?

Gov. HICKENLOOPER: I'm saying [that socialist ideas on healthcare & the Green New Deal] are a disaster at the ballot box.

Q: Senator Sanders, you are a proud Democratic-Socialist, how do you respond?

SANDERS: Every credible poll that I have seen has me beating Trump-- including the battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania. And the reason we are going to defeat Trump, is that he is a fraud and a phony and we're going to expose him for what he is. The American people want to have a living wage; I've helped lead that effort. The American people want to pay reasonable prices for prescription drugs; I've helped lead the effort for that as well.

HICKENLOOPER: If we're going to force Americans to make these radical changes, they're not going to go along.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit)

Kamala Harris on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Jun 27, 2019)
Climate crisis represents existential threat to our species

I don't call it climate change. It's a climate crisis. It represents an existential threat to us as a species. And the fact that we have a president who has embraced science fiction over science fact will be to our collective peril. We must confront what is immediate and before us right now. That is why I support a Green New Deal. It is why I will re-enter us in the Paris Agreement, because we have to take these issues seriously.
Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami)

Marianne Williamson on Green New Deal: (Technology Jun 27, 2019)
Harness motivation like JFK did going to moon

Kennedy did not say I have a plan to get a man to the moon. Kennedy said, by the end of this decade, we are going to put a man on the moon. I have had a career harnessing the inspiration and the motivation of people. When we say we are going to turn from a dirty economy to a clean economy, we're going to have a Green New Deal, we're going to create millions of jobs, we're going to do this within the next 12 years, we are interested in our grandchildren. Then it will happen.
Click for Marianne Williamson on other issues.   Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami)

Jay Inslee on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Jun 26, 2019)
Plan: $9 trillion investment, transition from coal

In Inslee's plan, the Green New Deal's promise to create millions of new green jobs becomes $9 trillion of investment in American industries and manufacturing, infrastructure, skilled labor, and new technology deployment, some of which will be used to provide bonuses to companies providing union jobs that pay a decent wage. A commitment to zero emissions becomes a plan to sunset coal by 2031, providing funding, training, and education to support coal communities through the transition. A promise to secure access to clean air and water for all Americans becomes a plan to actually use all the teeth of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act to enforce pollution regulation.
Click for Jay Inslee on other issues.   Source: The New Republic magazine, 2019 article series

Howie Hawkins on Green New Deal: (Environment May 28, 2019)
Convert corporate agribusiness to organic agriculture

The Green New Deal will convert corporate agribusiness to organic agriculture. Conversion to regenerative agriculture is needed to combat climate change by drawing atmospheric carbon into the biosphere and to end the pesticides and habitat destruction of industrial farming that is a major cause of the mass extinctions of species now underway. We want to replace monocultural, chemicalized, and industrialized corporate agribusiness with family and cooperative organic farms.
Click for Howie Hawkins on other issues.   Source: Declaration of Candidacy for the Green Party Nomination

Howie Hawkins on Green New Deal: (Tax Reform May 28, 2019)
Better to tax the rich than borrow and pay interest to them

We are going to pay for this Green New Deal with more progressive taxes on income, wealth, and estates; with ecological taxes on carbon and resource extraction; and with expansive monetary policies. The budget for the ecosocialist Green New Deal requires about $2 trillion a year. Some of this money will come from a more just tax system. It is better to tax the rich upfront than to borrow money from them and transfer more of our wealth to them through interest payments on the debt.
Click for Howie Hawkins on other issues.   Source: Declaration of Candidacy for the Green Party Nomination

John Hickenlooper on Green New Deal: (Principles & Values May 27, 2019)
Socialist policies will not appeal to Americans

I don't think we're going to address climate change by guaranteeing every American a federal job, which is what part of the Green New Deal was. I don't think we're going to address the spiraling inflation in health care by forcibly telling 150 million people that we're going to take away their private insurance. These are what a lot of Americans look at as facets or aspects of socialism.
Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: NPR Morning Edition, "Election 2020: Opening Arguments"

Howie Hawkins on Green New Deal: (Education May 19, 2019)
Free public education from pre-K through college

A VOTE FOR THE GREEN TICKET IS A VOTE FOR:
Click for Howie Hawkins on other issues.   Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website HowieHawkins.us

Howie Hawkins on Green New Deal: (Foreign Policy May 19, 2019)
Oppose US military intervention for regime change

An enduring peace requires replacing capitalism with ecosocialism--capitalism's nationalistic competitive militarism with ecosocialism's international cooperative security. We will call for deep US military spending cuts and converting to a defensive military posture from today's global military empire of over 800 foreign military bases. The savings will be a peace dividend to reinvest in a Global Green New Deal for economic human rights, clean energy, and regenerative agriculture around the world. The US can make friends instead of enemies by using its wealth to be the world's humanitarian superpower instead of its imperialist superpower. We will call for a recommitment to the recently abandoned arms treaties and to vigorous new negotiations for further reductions toward complete nuclear disarmament and for scaling back the world's militaries to strictly defensive forces. We will oppose US military intervention for regime change and speak up for human rights wherever they are violated.
Click for Howie Hawkins on other issues.   Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website HowieHawkins.us

Howie Hawkins on Green New Deal: (Tax Reform May 19, 2019)
Graduated wealth tax & graduated estate tax

A VOTE FOR THE GREEN TICKET IS A VOTE FOR: PROGRESSIVE TAXATIONDEMOCRACY
Click for Howie Hawkins on other issues.   Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website HowieHawkins.us

Howie Hawkins on Green New Deal: (Welfare & Poverty May 19, 2019)
Reintegrate urban amenities, like walkable mixed-use cities

The ecosocialist Green New Deal will rebuild and restructure our cities around egalitarian and ecological principles. Skyrocketing rents are driving working people out of their homes and communities. Sprawl development is a social and ecological disaster. Segregation by race and class has been increasing for decades, isolating the poor away from resources and opportunities and isolating the rich away in their gated communities.

We will campaign for an urban policy that will reintegrate urban amenities with the natural environment. It would promote walkable mixed-use neighborhoods, convenient and affordable mass transit, clean energy, urban agriculture, green manufacturing, and a massive public housing program that is high quality, mixed income, carbon negative, and scattered site across the city/suburbs divide. It will be a jobs program, a desegregation program, and a clean energy program as well as an affordable housing program.

Click for Howie Hawkins on other issues.   Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website HowieHawkins.us

Bill de Blasio on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil May 18, 2019)
Supports Green New Deal & Paris Climate Accords

The mayor recently rolled out his Green New Deal-like plan for New York. He also opposes natural gas pipelines and wants the U.S. back in the Paris Climate Accords.
Click for Bill de Blasio on other issues.   Source: Townhall.com: "The 2020 Democrats" (presidential hopefuls)

Marianne Williamson on Green New Deal: (Corporations May 13, 2019)
Repeal corporate tax cuts

ECONOMY/TRADE: Increase minimum wage by region, repeal corporate tax cuts in 2017 tax law.

Williamson has put forward a four-step plan to reduce income inequality. It includes providing cash relief through a universal basic income; creating jobs through Green New Deal legislation; boosting government funding for early education and caregiving; and introducing a universal savings program. Williamson has proposed paying for the plan by rolling back tax cuts to the wealthy and big businesses.

Click for Marianne Williamson on other issues.   Source: PBS News Hour 2019 coverage of 2020 Democratic primary

Elizabeth Warren on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil May 8, 2019)
Co-sponsored Green New Deal

Signed on as a co-sponsor of the proposal, after previously expressing support for the "idea" of the GND.
Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"

Jay Inslee on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil May 3, 2019)
Plan for 100% clean energy by 2030

Inslee revealed his "100 Percent Clean Energy for American Plan," a collection of climate-change policies ranging from the closure of all coal-fired power plants within 10 years; requirement that all electricity be "carbon neutral" by 2030; mandates for all new car and light trucks to be "emissions-free by 2030; and "Zero-Carbon Building Standard," implementation by 2030. Inslee places more emphasis on the role of the private sector than some advocates of the Green New Deal.
Click for Jay Inslee on other issues.   Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"

Michael Bennet on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil May 2, 2019)
Climate change is major issue; but not Green New Deal

Bennet has been consistent on the issue of climate change, working toward a comprehensive approach to combat climate change. He was not a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, but he recommends investing in renewable energy.
Click for Michael Bennet on other issues.   Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"

Seth Moulton on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil May 2, 2019)
Green New Deal addresses climate change AND changed economy

We're facing two primary challenges in this country right now. The first is that our economy is changing faster than ever before, and Americans everywhere are being left behind. The second is climate change. That's why we need a Green New Deal: because if we do it right, we can solve both problems at once.

The Green New Deal needs to be built around green jobs and clean energy, decarbonization and breakthrough technologies, and access to green energy for the developing world--and America should lead the way in winning this moral and economic opportunity. We can lead the world in green tech and green jobs, and we should set the standards for other countries to follow.

The New Deal paved the way for a strong economy and American leadership in the last century. Let's shape the Green New Deal to help America lead this one.

Click for Seth Moulton on other issues.   Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website SethMoulton.com

Elizabeth Warren on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 22, 2019)
Supports Green New Deal; invest in green infrastructure

I am a strong supporter of the Green New Deal. The first reason that I'm a strong supporter is it is a way to say urgency. Now, we cannot wait any longer. We have got to make change. The second part about the Green New Deal right now is it calls for a huge investment in our infrastructure. And I think that's just absolutely critical. And when I say our infrastructure, it's about our green infrastructure, it's about our power infrastructure, but it's also about hardening our infrastructure so that we can withstand heavier storms, so that flooding is not so much a problem, so that we move to distributed generation of power. Lots of pieces that we need to do.
Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back

Bill de Blasio on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 22, 2019)
NYC Green New Deal: energy-efficient buildings

Q: Talk about New York's Green New Deal, obviously the one presented in congress caused a riff even among Democrats?

A: We are actually making the Green New Deal come alive here in New York City. So we have our own Green New Deal, it's very basic ideas. The biggest source of emissions in NYC is buildings. We are putting clear, strong mandates, the first of any major city, to say to building owners, you got to clean up your act, you got to retrofit, you got to save energy, if you don't do it by 2030 there will be serious fines, as high as a million dollars or more for the biggest buildings. And this mandate is going to guarantee that we reduce emissions. We are going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers which are incredibly inefficient. If someone wants to build one of those things [we'll allow it only if] they take a whole lot of steps to make it energy efficient. And the City of New York, we are going to get all of our energy from renewable sources in the next five years.

Click for Bill de Blasio on other issues.   Source: Transcript of "Morning Joe," NBC News morning news

Kamala Harris on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 22, 2019)
Green New Deal sets agenda for dealing with climate change

The climate crisis is representing an existential threat to who we are as human beings. I support the Green New Deal because it puts timelines in effect. I think, for example, that we need to have -- really diversify public policy on water, with an equal emphasis on recycling, on conservation, on capture of water, storage of water, desalination. We need to invest in electric cars. We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. All of that is in the Green New Deal.
Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back

Marianne Williamson on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 18, 2019)
Transfer subsidies for dirty energy to develop clean energy

Q: Do you support new regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions beyond what was in place under President Obama?

Williamson: "The Obama regulations are too incremental to turn things around in ways that are necessary. I am a supporter of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, which seeks to meet 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources within the next 10 years. I would end all subsidies for dirty energy and transfer them to subsidies for clean energy. I would prevent coal companies from using misleading marketing terms like 'clean coal,' and look for ways to move coal jobs to clean jobs, while closing coal plants & opening clean energy plants. I would start a phase-out of production of fossil-fuel-related vehicles. I would require zero-deforestation supply chains--that's one of the more effective ways to help encourage healthy practices in other countries.

Click for Marianne Williamson on other issues.   Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com)

Tim Ryan on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 14, 2019)
Green New Deal means manufacturing jobs

I support a Green New Deal. We've got to reverse what's happening with our climate, and that could mean jobs in places like Youngstown, Ohio, and the industrial Midwest because there's so much that needs to be manufactured. An agenda that can both reverse global warming and climate change and create manufacturing jobs is something I'm going to support.
Click for Tim Ryan on other issues.   Source: ABC This Week 2019 interview of presidential hopefuls

Marianne Williamson on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 14, 2019)
Supports Green New Deal

Green New Deal: Supports.
Click for Marianne Williamson on other issues.   Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"

Bernie Sanders on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 12, 2019)
Co-sponsor of Green New Deal

Green New Deal: Sanders is a co-sponsor of the bill and has spoken consistently about the severity of climate change.
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"

Julian Castro on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 11, 2019)
Cut carbon emissions; invest in renewable energy

I would recommit the United States to the Paris climate accord. I like the concept of a Green New Deal. We need to invest in renewable energy. We need to drastically cut down carbon emissions. We need to convince other countries around the world to do the same thing.

I'm proud that when I was secretary of housing and urban development, we worked with housing authorities across the United States to improve their embrace of renewable energy, solar energy, other types of renewable energy.

Click for Julian Castro on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls

Jay Inslee on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 10, 2019)
Research nuclear energy; many problems unsolved

On the Green New Deal: Number one, it's got people talking about climate change. Number two, it has also raised people's ambition as to the scope of the challenge.

I believe that the urgency is so great and the time period so short to decarbonize our economy that we need to be open to any low-cost or low-carbon or zero-carbon technology. That includes nuclear. But there would have to be four things happen before nuclear power would be able to become a major part of our portfolio. It would have to become cost-effective, which it is not. It would have to be much safer with passive safety systems, which have not yet been developed. It would have to solve the waste problem with the waste stream. And it would have to win public acceptance. My view is it is appropriate to make R&D investments to determine whether any of those or all of those can be surmounted.

Click for Jay Inslee on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls

Eric Swalwell on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 10, 2019)
Support for Green New Deal and Paris climate accord

Swalwell has˙voiced support for the Green New Deal,˙the progressive climate action bill that House Democrats introduced in February. He has also expressed strong disapproval of President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.
Click for Eric Swalwell on other issues.   Source: PBS News Hour on 2020 Democratic primary

Mike Gravel on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 9, 2019)
Support carbon tax and Green New Deal

The Green New Deal is an ambitious and absolutely necessary plan proposed in the House by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her resolution is an overview of the goals we desperately need to accomplish to ensure not only that our Earth survives as a livable and comfortable planet, but also that we live purposeful, satisfied, and healthy lives.
Click for Mike Gravel on other issues.   Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website MikeGravel.com

Eric Swalwell on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 9, 2019)
Fight climate change, but protect jobs

"Most Americans agree that to address climate chaos, to make sure your house doesn't end up underwater or on fire, we should do something about it but make sure we're not pitting workers against their job," Swalwell said in his campaign video. He said he's supportive of the principles of the Green New Deal.
Click for Eric Swalwell on other issues.   Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"

Kirsten Gillibrand on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 9, 2019)
Put a price on carbon: supports Green New Deal

I'm for the Green New Deal and it's also why I'm for putting a price on carbon. The Green New Deal is actually three basic ideas that are already bipartisan. It's infrastructure investments. It's green jobs. And third, clean air and water.

The only idea that's new is net zero carbon emissions within 10 years. When John F. Kennedy said, "I want to put a man on the moon in 10 years," he didn't know if he could do it. Why not do the same here? Why not say, "let's get to net zero carbon emissions in 10 years not because it's easy, but because it's hard, because it will be a measure of our excellence and innovation," and it's a mission we are unwilling to postpone.

Click for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls

Marianne Williamson on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Apr 8, 2019)
Supports Green New Deal and green jobs program

Under a Williamson administration, we will take a full systems approach. A Green New Deal would provide an overall strategy for how clean energy, sustainable infrastructure and transportation, and a national green jobs program can revitalize our economy and utilize our innovative and human capacity to benefit all our people. While it doesn't cover the whole range of measures we must undertake to reverse global warming, it is an important step, therefore I support it.
Click for Marianne Williamson on other issues.   Source: 2020 presidential campaign website Marianne2020.com

Elizabeth Warren on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 27, 2019)
Perfect score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test"

The environmental group 350 Action released a candidate scorecard known as the 2020 Climate Test to assess presidential hopefuls on three major metrics: support for a Green New Deal, opposition to new fossil fuel development and refusal to accept money from energy companies.

Three candidates have made firm climate-forward commitments, issuing their support for the Green New Deal, vowing to keep fossil fuels in the ground and banning donations from Big Oil.

Four candidates have supported two of 350 Action's three benchmarks.Three candidates have failed all three of 350 Action's tests, attacking the Green New Deal or making no firm pledges to work against fossil fuel companies.
Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: Mother Jones, "On Climate," on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

John Hickenlooper on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 27, 2019)
Zero score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test"

The environmental group 350 Action released a candidate scorecard known as the 2020 Climate Test to assess presidential hopefuls on three major metrics: support for a Green New Deal, opposition to new fossil fuel development and refusal to accept money from energy companies.

Three candidates have made firm climate-forward commitments on all three issues:

Four candidates have supported two of 350 Action's three benchmarks.Three candidates have failed all three of 350 Action's tests, attacking the Green New Deal or making no firm pledges to work against fossil fuel companies.
Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: Mother Jones, "On Climate," on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

Cory Booker on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 27, 2019)
Mixed score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test"

The environmental group 350 Action released a candidate scorecard known as the 2020 Climate Test to assess presidential hopefuls on three major metrics: support for a Green New Deal, opposition to new fossil fuel development and refusal to accept money from energy companies. [Candidates supporting all three issues]: Four candidates have supported two of 350 Action's three benchmarks.Three candidates have failed all three of 350 Action's tests, attacking the Green New Deal or making no firm pledges to work against fossil fuel companies.
Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: Mother Jones, "On Climate," on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

Jay Inslee on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 27, 2019)
Mixed score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test"

The environmental group 350 Action released a candidate scorecard known as the 2020 Climate Test to assess presidential hopefuls on three major metrics: support for a Green New Deal, opposition to new fossil fuel development and refusal to accept money from energy companies. [Candidates supporting all three issues]: Four candidates have supported two of 350 Action's three benchmarks.Three candidates have failed all three of 350 Action's tests, attacking the Green New Deal or making no firm pledges to work against fossil fuel companies.
Click for Jay Inslee on other issues.   Source: Mother Jones, "On Climate," on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

Cory Booker on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 27, 2019)
Leadership in dealing with climate change, including nuclear

I support the Green New Deal. When I was mayor, I found out that we can environmentally retrofit buildings, lower our carbon footprint, create good union jobs and apprenticeship programs. Nuclear has to be part of this solution. Next-generation nuclear is so much safer, uses spent fuel rods. One of the first things I do, should I be president, will be rejoining the Paris Climate Accords.
Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls

Tulsi Gabbard on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 27, 2019)
Mixed score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test"

The environmental group 350 Action released a candidate scorecard known as the 2020 Climate Test to assess presidential hopefuls on three major metrics: support for a Green New Deal, opposition to new fossil fuel development and refusal to accept money from energy companies. [Candidates supporting all three issues]: Four candidates have supported two of 350 Action's three benchmarks.Three candidates have failed all three of 350 Action's tests, attacking the Green New Deal or making no firm pledges to work against fossil fuel companies.
Click for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.   Source: Mother Jones, "On Climate," on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

Kirsten Gillibrand on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 27, 2019)
Perfect score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test"

The environmental group 350 Action released a candidate scorecard known as the 2020 Climate Test to assess presidential hopefuls on three major metrics: support for a Green New Deal, opposition to new fossil fuel development and refusal to accept money from energy companies.

Three candidates have made firm climate-forward commitments, issuing their support for the Green New Deal, vowing to keep fossil fuels in the ground and banning donations from Big Oil.

Four candidates have supported two of 350 Action's three benchmarks.Three candidates have failed all three of 350 Action's tests, attacking the Green New Deal or making no firm pledges to work against fossil fuel companies.
Click for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.   Source: Mother Jones, "On Climate," on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

Bernie Sanders on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 27, 2019)
Perfect score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test"

The environmental group 350 Action released a candidate scorecard known as the 2020 Climate Test to assess presidential hopefuls on three major metrics: support for a Green New Deal, opposition to new fossil fuel development and refusal to accept money from energy companies.

Three candidates have made firm climate-forward commitments, issuing their support for the Green New Deal, vowing to keep fossil fuels in the ground and banning donations from Big Oil.

Four candidates have supported two of 350 Action's three benchmarks.Three candidates have failed all three of 350 Action's tests, attacking the Green New Deal or making no firm pledges to work against fossil fuel companies.
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: Mother Jones, "On Climate," on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

Andrew Yang on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 27, 2019)
Mixed score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test"

The environmental group 350 Action released a candidate scorecard known as the 2020 Climate Test to assess presidential hopefuls on three major metrics: support for a Green New Deal, opposition to new fossil fuel development and refusal to accept money from energy companies. [Candidates supporting all three issues]: Four candidates have supported two of 350 Action's three benchmarks.Three candidates have failed all three of 350 Action's tests, attacking the Green New Deal or making no firm pledges to work against fossil fuel companies.
Click for Andrew Yang on other issues.   Source: Mother Jones, "On Climate," on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

John Delaney on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 27, 2019)
Zero score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test"

The environmental group 350 Action released a candidate scorecard known as the 2020 Climate Test to assess presidential hopefuls on three major metrics: support for a Green New Deal, opposition to new fossil fuel development and refusal to accept money from energy companies.

Three candidates have made firm climate-forward commitments on all three issues:

Four candidates have supported two of 350 Action's three benchmarks.Three candidates have failed all three of 350 Action's tests, attacking the Green New Deal or making no firm pledges to work against fossil fuel companies.
Click for John Delaney on other issues.   Source: Mother Jones, "On Climate," on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

Donald Trump on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 27, 2019)
Establish panel devoted to challenging climate science

The environmental group 350 Action released a candidate scorecard known as the 2020 Climate Test to assess presidential hopefuls on three major metrics: support for a Green New Deal, opposition to new fossil fuel development and refusal to accept money from energy companies.

Trump is the only Republican listed; he failed all three tests. On the Democratic side, 2020 candidates have for the most part indicated support for environmental policies, though some appear more willing to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation than others.

Despite public sentiment [in favor of climate action], Trump and his administration have maintained a firm anti-environment agenda. The president regularly mocks the idea of climate change on Twitter, and the White House is planning to set up a panel devoted to challenging the science behind the phenomenon that includes an avowed climate skeptic.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Mother Jones, "On Climate," on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls

John Hickenlooper on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 26, 2019)
Denounced Green New Deal, supports fighting climate change

Green New Deal: Wrote an op-ed in March denouncing the proposal, arguing that while he supports the "concept" of sweeping resolution to fight climate change, the Green New Deal "sets unachievable goals" and would inflate the government.
Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"

Tim Ryan on Green New Deal: (Jobs Mar 15, 2019)
Progressive goals should be sold as job creation

Democrats can sell progressive goals, from universal health care to criminal-justice reform, if they simply root their arguments in jobs and the economy, he argues. Ryan says that Democrats should package Medicare for all as a "jobs program" that would reduce costs and create jobs for medical professionals. He thinks the Green New Deal could be sold as a boon to job creation. (Although opposed to the resolution's federal jobs guarantee, he thinks it could drive employment in the private sector.)
Click for Tim Ryan on other issues.   Source: The Atlantic, "Rust Belt Yogi" on 2020 Democratic primary

Jay Inslee on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 12, 2019)
No "silver bullet" for climate: "silver buckshot" instead

The Washington governor has been focused laser-like on the issue of climate change. "We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change," he said, "but we are the last generation that can do something about it." He noted that a recent Iowa poll showed that the environment was the top issue for Democratic voters, tied with healthcare. With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal helping to push the topic to centre stage, Mr Inslee could be in position to capitalise on the attention.

His big idea: Clearly environmental action is the central thrust of Mr Inslee's campaign, although he says he has no one preferred policy "silver bullet", but rather wants a multifaceted "silver buckshot" approach.

His biggest challenge: If he succeeds in raising his visibility by pushing the environmental issue, his biggest challenge will be using that attention to sell Democratic voters on the rest of his progressive record in Washington.

Click for Jay Inslee on other issues.   Source: BBC.com on 2020 Democratic primary contenders at 2019 SXSW

John Delaney on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 11, 2019)
Bipartisan carbon tax bill, but not the Green New Deal

Delaney has not held back on the campaign trail when asked about the Green New Deal, the sweeping policy proposal to combat climate change that is supported by a host of liberal lawmakers. On Twitter, Delaney once said the plan was "as realistic as Trump saying that Mexico is going to pay for the wall."

At the South-by-Southwest conference, he defended that position. "It is a time for bold solutions. But we also have to put our shoulder behind things that can actually get done," he said. "Because climate is not like other issues. We have an infrastructure issue in this country. But if we wait five years to deal with our infrastructure, it's a missed opportunity. But it doesn't get exponentially worse, so we have to deal with climate change right away."

Delaney said he would get a bipartisan carbon tax bill passed in his first year as president. "We have to have a goal around climate that's realistic," he said.

Click for John Delaney on other issues.   Source: CNN KFile on 2019 SXSW conference in Austin

Tulsi Gabbard on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 10, 2019)
Silent on Green New Deal; supports push for renewables

Green New Deal: No stated position but proposed a bill in 2017 to transition to 100% renewable energy to generate electricity by 2035.
Click for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.   Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"

Howard Schultz on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 9, 2019)
Green New Deal is well-intended but too extreme

[When asked about the Green New Deal proposed by] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Schultz called her "well-intentioned," but then started to explain why he believes the Green New Deal is an unrealistic goal.

"You can't try to solve one extreme with another," he said, referring to both Trump and the Democratic Party. He previously called Ocasio-Cortez "un-American," but now seemed to back off that view when he said [of Green New Deal supporters], "They love the country. They have their core beliefs. But you have to ask them, is any of this possible?"

"The vast majority of Americans are not going to embrace socialism," Schultz said, neglecting to note that just one of the many people running for president on the Democratic side identifies as a Democratic Socialist.

Click for Howard Schultz on other issues.   Source: Daily Beast on 2019 SXSW South-by-Southwest conference

Howard Schultz on Green New Deal: (Principles & Values Mar 9, 2019)
Vast majority of Americans aren't going to embrace socialism

[Responding to a question about the Green New Deal, Schultz said], "The vast majority of Americans are not going to embrace socialism," neglecting to note that just one of the many people running for president on the Democratic side identifies as a Democratic Socialist. The first real groans of the morning came when Schultz answered the question, "Can you define socialism?" by pointing to Venezuela. "You don't like that?" he asked.

Schultz's spokesperson responded to this article by saying, "You seemed to have completely misinterpreted the response from the crowd about socialism. It wasn't that they didn't agree with him. They were groaning about the idea of socialism. If you had any read of the crowd whatsoever, you would have noticed that. And, by the way, he has been defining capitalism at events over the last 24 hours. It is not as if he doesn't have an answer."

Click for Howard Schultz on other issues.   Source: Daily Beast on 2019 SXSW South-by-Southwest conference

Marianne Williamson on Green New Deal: (Jobs Mar 5, 2019)
Supports $15 minimum wage & Green New Deal

Economy: Williamson supports the institution of a $15 minimum wage. She also supports the Green New Deal, an economic stimulus bill that calls for radical environmental and economic policies.
Click for Marianne Williamson on other issues.   Source: Townhall.com: 2020 Democratic primary "Candidate profiles"

Jay Inslee on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 1, 2019)
Supported renewable portfolio; supports Green New Deal

I was very involved in passing the renewable portfolio standard [in 2006]. We went from zero to a billion-dollar wind industry in the last several years. We have moved the needle on the electrification of our transportation system. We've [helped with] electric cars, because of the work we've been doing with incentives & building the electrical charging station grid on the interstate. We have created a clean energy research facility that's doing great work. We built a clean energy development program. So I would say we have had substantial progress here, and I have been involved in virtually all of that in some way.

I don't get to vote on it, but I am totally in sync and believe that it is exactly what I have said for decades. I think these aspirational goals are appropriate to the time and the scale. I love the fact that it is embracing economic justice issues as well. I think we have come to understand more about how marginalized communities have been the victims of climate change.

Click for Jay Inslee on other issues.   Source: David Roberts, Vox.com, on 2020 Democratic primary

John Kasich on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Feb 26, 2019)
Centrist climate policy: price for carbon dioxide emissions

Kasich calls on conservatives to address global warming: "This is like a call to arms. Let's have conservatives have a discussion instead of being in denial that this is a problem," Kasich said. "You can't just be a science denier." Kasich plans to introduce proposals for a "centrist" climate policy.

Kasich opposes the "Green New Deal," a climate change policy backed by progressives, but said that it's "not enough" to oppose it without introducing a counterproposal. His proposals include subsidies for electric vehicles and other eco-friendly technologies and a price for carbon dioxide emissions.

Kasich said that his views on humans' impact on the environment have "evolved" since the 2016 campaign, when he said: "We don't want to destroy people's job, based on some theory that is not proven." Kasich now says, "As I see more and more evidence, especially from our government and scientists, you learn more. Let's step it up."

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: The Hill coverage of 2020 presidential hopefuls

Howie Hawkins on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Feb 22, 2019)
I'm the original Green New Dealer, since 2010

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins wants to set the record straight. "A lot of people think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thought up the Green New Deal," he told me. "But I'm the original Green New Dealer."

Hawkins says he was the first American political candidate to run on the promise of a Green New Deal. During his run for NY governor in 2010, he proposed a plan to fight climate change "with the same urgency, speed, and commitment of resources that our country demonstrated in converting to war production for the mobilization for World War II." To reduce carbon emissions to net zero over ten years, Hawkins's plan would "devote resources to and create jobs in renewable energy, public transit and organic agriculture." And those resources would come from progressive tax reform.

Hawkins thinks the Green New Deal is being unfairly co-opted. But he's happy that it's become mainstream, because "it's our opportunity to explain how the Democratic establishment chopped away the pieces," he said.

Click for Howie Hawkins on other issues.   Source: The New Republic magazine on 2020 Presidential hopefuls

Amy Klobuchar on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Feb 18, 2019)
Green New Deal opens discussion on climate change

The Green New Deal is so important for our country [despite disagreements] on exactly how and when it will work. This is a discussion that we must have as a country.

I will, as first day as the president, sign us back into the international climate change agreement. I will also bring back the clean power rules that the Trump administration left on the cutting room floor. I will also bring back the gas mileage standards and then propose sweeping legislation to upgrade our infrastructure.

Click for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls

Amy Klobuchar on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Feb 18, 2019)
Green New Deal is aspirational; don't over-promise

Sen. Amy Klobuchar placed herself firmly in the center lane of the Democratic primary, calling popular progressive policy platforms "aspirational," and declining to fully commit to them. The Minnesota Democrat called the Green New Deal "aspirational" -- pitching herself as pragmatic Midwesterner who won't over-promise liberal policies to primary voters.

On climate change, Klobuchar said she believes that "we can get close" to the Green New Deal, but that she doesn't "think we're going to get rid of entire industries in the U.S."

"We need to get this debate going, and this is put out there as an aspiration in that something we need to move toward," she said. "Do I think we can cross every 'T' and dot every 'I' in 10 years? Actually, I think that would be very difficult to do."

She also looked ahead to the potential legislation, acknowledging that "there are going to be compromises" and "it's not going to look exactly like that," she said.

Click for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.   Source: Politico.com on 2020 Democratic primary hopefuls

Amy Klobuchar on Green New Deal: (Health Care Feb 18, 2019)
Medicare-for-all is aspirational and for the future, not now

Sen. Amy Klobuchar placed herself firmly in the center lane of the Democratic primary, calling popular progressive policy platforms "aspirational," and declining to fully commit to them. The Minnesota Democrat called the Green New Deal "aspirational" and said that Medicare-for-all is "something we can look to in the future."

Klobuchar's centrist positions puts her largely in a category alone, as many of her Democratic opponents have opted to fully embrace Medicare-for-all and the Green New Deal. But she may soon be joined in that group by other moderate candidates, such as Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown.

On health care, Klobuchar said she wanted to "build on" the Affordable Care Act, highlighting her support for a public option, rather than calling for an immediate transition to Medicare-for-all. "It could be a possibility in the future," she said, "but I'm looking for what's working now."

Click for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.   Source: Politico.com on 2020 Democratic primary hopefuls

Pete Buttigieg on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Feb 15, 2019)
Supports Paris climate accord and Green New Deal

Buttigieg considers climate change˙a national security threat and a problem that will impact younger Americans and future generations. He supports every U.S. house˙becoming "net zero" consumer of energy, and is in favor of the government subsidizing solar panels. Buttigieg was one of 407 U.S. mayors who˙signed a pact˙to adhere to the Paris climate accord after President Donald Trump pulled out of the international agreement 2017. He supports the "Green New Deal."
Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: PBS Newshour on 2020 Democratic primary

Pete Buttigieg on Green New Deal: (Technology Feb 14, 2019)
Infrastructure upgrade of sewer system needed in South Bend

At best, the sewer upgrade that I'm going to have to do is $500 million, so it is literally equivalent to the value of all of the city's assets. We talk about a Green New Deal? There could be, almost, a New Deal-level investment just in mid-western sewer separation. And, by the way, water quality, too, as we learned in Flint.
Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: NYMag.com, "Talk With Buttigieg," on 2020 Democratic primary

Howard Schultz on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Feb 12, 2019)
Green New Deal is unrealistic at $40 trillion

The topic of the day is the Green New Deal. This would be a top priority. But we have to be sensible about it. When I read the Green New Deal I don't understand how you're going to give a job for everybody, how you're going to give free college to everybody, how you're going to create clean energy throughout the country in every building of the land, and then tally this thing up with $32 trillion on Medicare-for-All. That's about $40 trillion, plus we are sitting, ladies and gentlemen, with $22 trillion of debt on the balance sheet of America. I just don't agree this is the right way to approach things. [We'd have] to spend $20 or $30 or $40 trillion on a Green New Deal that we can't afford.
Click for Howard Schultz on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls

Pete Buttigieg on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Feb 10, 2019)
Green New Deal is a framework addressing climate & jobs

I think the elegance from a policy perspective of the concept of the Green New Deal is, it matches a sense of urgency about that problem of climate change with a sense of opportunity around what the solutions might represent. Obviously, the Green New Deal is more of a plan than it is a fully articulated set of policies. But the idea that we need to race toward that goal and that we should do it in a way that enhances the economic justice and the level of economic opportunity in our country, I believe that's exactly the right direction to be going in.
Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: CNN 2019 "State of the Union" on 2020 Presidential hopefuls

Elizabeth Warren on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Jan 17, 2019)
Supports the idea of a Green New Deal

Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls

Donald Trump on Green New Deal: (Energy & Oil Mar 2, 2017)
Green New Deal does not fulfill America's energy needs

Green New Deal--I encourage it. I think it's really something that they should promote. They should work hard on. It's something our country needs desperately. But I'll take the other side of that argument only because I'm mandated to. But they should stay with that argument. Never change. No planes. No energy. When the wind stops blowing, that's the end of your electric. Let's hurry up. "Darling, is the wind blowing today? I'd like to watch television, darling." No, but it's true.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Speech at the 2019 CPAC Convention

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