•   
  •   
  •   

Politics Green No Deal

06:55  04 december  2020
06:55  04 december  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Dan Snyder apologizes for workplace culture at Washington Football Team: 'I'm sorry ... we can change'

  Dan Snyder apologizes for workplace culture at Washington Football Team: 'I'm sorry ... we can change' Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder apologized for the work culture within the organization, saying "This is a human issue.""Let’s be really clear: This is a human issue. I’m sorry that anyone was hurt," Snyder told the Wall Street Journal last week. "But we can change.

Official Website for the Green New Deal . How to stop the Climate Emergency and reverse Global Warming and other Learn how to become part of the Green New Deal to help save the Earth.

The Green New Deal is a congressional resolution to mobilize every aspect of American society to Want to know more about the Green New Deal ? Explore it more in depth with our list of resources

Joe Biden ran on the most ambitious environmental platform of a victorious presidential candidate ever. Reported at the beginning of his pursuit of the White House to be seeking a “middle ground” on the vexatious issue of climate change, he ended the campaign by proclaiming it not only “the No. 1 issue facing humanity” but “the No. 1 issue for me.” He even embraced the much-ridiculed Green New Deal, describing it as a “crucial framework” for confronting the challenge of climate change, and promised to “put the United States on an irreversible path to achieve net-zero emissions” by 2050.

a sign on a city street: FEA.GreenNoDeal.jpg © Provided by Washington Examiner FEA.GreenNoDeal.jpg

Climate campaigners have long awaited the arrival of a champion in the White House. In Biden, they may have finally found their man. His victory, therefore, would seem to be their victory.

Will Cam Newton's race become an issue in Boston if the Patriots don't win?

  Will Cam Newton's race become an issue in Boston if the Patriots don't win? If Cam Newton’s tenure in New England falters, will Patriots fans see Newton as solely a failed quarterback, or a failed Black quarterback?Newton may not be thinking about it, but others are, and the question goes like this: If Newton’s tenure in New England falters, will Patriots fans see Newton as solely a failed quarterback, or because of Boston’s historically ugly racial dynamics, will he be viewed as a failed Black quarterback?

The Green New Deal will convert the old, gray economy into a new, sustainable economy that is environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible. It seeks to solve the climate

The Green New Deal . The global economy faces multiple, linked crises. Writing for Brave New Europe, Green New Deal Group member Colin Hines makes the case for medium term efforts to

In point of fact, Biden’s triumph was no triumph for climate activism. Far from it. Climate change, despite appearances to the contrary, was something of a loser in the 2020 election.

Take the centerpiece of Biden’s climate plan: a pledge to spend $2 trillion over four years on what is, in effect, an enormous jobs program for unions (that it would “create millions of good-paying” unionized jobs is one of its selling points). The spending — sorry, investments — would go toward improving and expanding renewable and clean energy technology, accelerating production of electric vehicles, encouraging greater use of public transportation, and renovating, rebuilding, or constructing new building and housing stock and infrastructure to reduce carbon footprints. Consumers would receive rebates for installing or adopting more energy efficient devices. Successfully implementing these programs would go toward the plan’s objective “to achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035.”

Report: Celtics, Hornets working on Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade

  Report: Celtics, Hornets working on Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade Hayward opted out of the $34.2 million he had remaining on his contract with the Celtics. Many were surprised to see him get so much from the Hornets. Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.

Green New Deal critics say that the plan prioritizes social justice over political reality and even The Green New Deal suffers from domestic myopia, argues Megan McArdle, a libertarian-leaning

"A Green New Deal " was a report released in the United Kingdom on 21 July 2008 by the Green New Deal Group and published by the New Economics Foundation, which outlines a series of policy proposals to tackle global warming, the current financial crisis, and peak oil.

Biden’s climate proposal would transform multiple sectors of the economy. It is sweeping in its reach and scope. And it is almost certain never to see the light of day. Voters made sure of that a month ago when they gave Republicans at least 50 seats in the Senate.

Because the plan relies primarily on spending and taxes — it would be funded by raising the corporate tax rate — the Senate could approve it with as few as 51 votes through the legislative process known as reconciliation, which allows spending and revenue bills to pass with only a majority and not the higher, filibuster-proof threshold of 60 votes. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has stated he would use reconciliation to pass “a big, bold climate package.” Winning both Georgia Senate runoffs in January would give him the necessary 51 votes (with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking ties).

Yet in that case, he’d be dependent for his 50th vote on Joe Manchin. The West Virginia Democrat, who literally put a bullet through President Barack Obama’s cap-and-trade bill in a campaign ad in 2010, is unlikely to support anything with such a hefty price tag or that he believes would threaten his state’s embattled coal industry. Manchin also recently vowed he won’t vote to eliminate the filibuster, so that avenue for enacting Biden’s agenda is foreclosed.

Packers vs. Bears: How to watch NFL online, TV channel, live stream info, game time

  Packers vs. Bears: How to watch NFL online, TV channel, live stream info, game time How to watch Packers vs. Bears football gameChicago @ Green Bay

The Green New Deal is a fourteen-page resolution authored by U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Ed Markey released February 7, 2019, stating " (1)

The term “ Green New Deal ” was first used by Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Friedman in January Since then, “ Green New Deal ” has been used to describe various sets of policies that aim to make

Given Democrats’ reduced majority in the House, there’s no guarantee it could pass Congress’s lower chamber either. Republicans won’t provide a single vote for it, which means that, for all practical purposes, Biden’s climate plan is already dead.

That’s not to say Republicans would oppose everything. Biden could probably get GOP votes for modest increases in spending on renewable energy and infrastructure projects. They already back giving tax credits to farmers to implement carbon-capture technology, so that’s something else they might approve.

What they won’t support are more ambitious steps such as mandating emission-reduction targets for electricity generation. Neither would Republicans endorse Biden’s commitment to end “fossil fuel subsidies,” which are, in reality, standard tax breaks available to all corporations. A carbon tax remains off the table. “Real policy changes,” observed New York Times correspondent Coral Davenport, “cannot pass through reconciliation under Senate rules. They will need 60 votes” and GOP support. Biden will receive neither.

Scott Brooks tells hilarious story about Russell Westbrook from their OKC days

  Scott Brooks tells hilarious story about Russell Westbrook from their OKC days Scott Brooks and Russell Westbrook are now reunited in Washington, giving the former a good excuse to tell a funny old story about the latter. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Brooks, the Wizards head coach, shared a tale Saturday about Westbrook’s frugality. Brooks, the Wizards head coach, shared a tale Saturday about Westbrook’s frugality from their previous days together on the Oklahoma City Thunder, per ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. Brooks said that Westbrook once flew from OKC to Los Angeles sitting in coach.

Senate Republicans could also reject the nomination of a proponent of aggressive climate policy to run the Environmental Protection Agency. The leading contender is California official Mary Nichols. She threatened to ban gas-powered vehicles in retaliation for President Trump’s revocation of the Golden State’s ability to set higher fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. Thus, she could fall afoul of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s threat to veto any “radical progressives” Biden might name to the Cabinet.

Congress, by all accounts, is a dead end. If President Biden wants anything done on climate change, he’ll have to do it himself. Which is just what he intends to do. The incoming administration envisions a host of executive actions to combat climate change, from the modest to the major. One of its first steps will be rejoining the Paris climate agreement, which the U.S. formally left the day after November’s election.

According to the Washington Post, “Biden is poised to embed action on climate change across the breadth of the federal government.” Even departments not traditionally associated with such issues, such as the Treasury and Pentagon, will be drafted into the endeavor. “The far-reaching strategy is aimed at making significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions even without congressional action, by maximizing executive authority.”

German intelligence places coronavirus protesters under observation - media

  German intelligence places coronavirus protesters under observation - media German intelligence places coronavirus protesters under observation - mediaThe domestic intelligence service in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg has made the group called "Querdenken 711" subject to observation, Spiegel magazine reported on Wednesday, citing security sources.

Among the actions being contemplated are implementing stringent new fuel economy standards for cars, requiring that corporations disclose the risks they face from climate change to shareholders, banning fossil fuel extraction on federal land, closing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, and using the federal government’s procurement authority to hasten the adoption of electric vehicles. The new administration will also mandate that all federal agencies incorporate climate change into their policymaking procedures.

Where Biden is most likely to maximize his authority, however, is in minimizing the accomplishments of his predecessor. Trump rewrote or reversed more than a hundred environmental regulations. Biden’s transition team has already begun drafting executive orders to revoke Trump’s policies. Trump abolished Obama’s Clean Power Plan and “waters of the U.S.” pollution rule via executive fiat. Biden could restore them the same way.

That, though, is easier said than done. What one president does, another can undo. Just as Biden aspires to overturn Trump’s policies, Biden’s successor can overturn his. Legislation, difficult as it is to enact, has the advantage of semipermanence; it can’t be erased by the next guy with a pen and a phone.

The regulatory process, moreover, is arduous, complicated, and prolonged. Trump issued the executive order dismantling the Clean Power Plan in 2017, but it was only taken off the books in 2019 when a replacement rule was finalized. Biden can begin the process of unwinding Trump’s rules as soon as he takes office, but it could be years before they’re actually abolished due to the necessity of crafting alternatives. Given how many rules and orders Trump implemented (and his administration is preparing to promulgate several new ones before it departs, including two that would make it harder to create new environmental rules), the effort to get rid of them may itself consume most of Biden’s term.

Azerbaijan stages parade to mark Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal

  Azerbaijan stages parade to mark Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A military parade was held Thursday in the Azerbaijani capital in celebration of the peace deal with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh that saw Azerbaijan reclaim much of the separatist region along with surrounding areas. The agreement took force exactly a month ago and put an end to six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. It was seen as a major victory in Azerbaijan, but prompted mass protests in Armenia, with opposition supporters demanding the ouster of the country's prime minister over his handling of the conflict.

So will the effort, once Biden’s own rules are published, to defend them in court. For that is where, just like Trump’s, they are destined to wind up. And thanks to Trump’s vaunted “reshaping” of the judiciary, that is where Biden’s climate agenda will confront its most formidable obstacle.

It’s an exaggeration to claim, as the New Republic's Kate Aronoff did, that the current Supreme Court was “designed to kill climate policies.” Yet it’s hardly receptive to them. In 2016, it blocked the Clean Power Plan from going into effect. In 2018, it effectively ordered the 9th Circuit to kill the so-called kids’ climate case, in which a group of children sued the federal government on the grounds that its failure to fight global warming violated their constitutional rights. Both occurred when the court had a 5-4 conservative majority. With Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment, it is now 6-3. Her addition means it is likely to be even less hospitable to environmental litigation.

The justices could thwart Biden and climate groups in several ways. They could narrow standing requirements, thereby making it harder for such groups to bring suits in the first place. The court may not overturn its 2007 decision upholding the EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse gases, but it could significantly narrow its scope. The Supreme Court could also rule that EPA actions exceed its statutory authority. The prospect that it may overturn the legal principle known as “Chevron deference,” named after the decision in Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., which affords federal agencies wide latitude in implementing laws, alarms environmentalists. Should the justices do any of these things, they could drastically circumscribe Biden’s ability to implement his climate change program.

Few of his policies will make it to 1 First St. NE. The fate of most will be decided by the lower courts, and these have tilted much more to the right in the last four years. Blue-state attorneys general ran to friendly district court judges to secure national injunctions blocking Trump’s policies. Starting in January, their red-state counterparts (and outside organizations challenging Biden’s policies) will begin returning the favor.

Doc Rivers responds to Paul George’s latest criticism

  Doc Rivers responds to Paul George’s latest criticism The statistics actually back Rivers up on this. As shared by Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, George finished 33% of all his plays using the pick-and-roll under Rivers. That represented the highest mark of his career.Maybe George knows that, which is why he tried to clean up his comments after the fact. Ultimately, however, the damage was done. George’s critics see him as a player who refuses to take responsibility when he comes up short, as illustrated by quotes such as this one.

If they succeed, they may have conservative bête noire Chief Justice John Roberts to thank. In his opinion this past June overturning Trump’s attempt to reverse Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Roberts ruled that the Department of Homeland Security failed to take sufficient account of the reliance interests of those covered by DACA. That is, DACA recipients had come to depend on the benefits it conferred, and the administration could not arbitrarily terminate them.

Imagine, then, that the Biden administration revokes permits Trump’s granted for oil and gas pipelines. Obama canceled the Dakota Access Pipeline. Trump resurrected it shortly after taking office; it has been operating since. Should Biden attempt to shut it down, as activists are urging him to do, a court could prevent him from doing so on the grounds that its owners have a reliance interest in its continued operation.

Roberts may well have intended his reasoning in the DACA case to be good for one use only. Lower courts, though, are under no obligation to treat it that way. Witness how several appeals courts have utilized Roberts’s solo concurrence in this spring’s June Medical abortion case to uphold abortion restrictions by arguing that his opinion is now the controlling (and more lenient) standard by which to judge such restrictions. Until and unless Roberts advises the lower courts that they are misinterpreting him, they could use his logic to put a large dent in Biden’s environmental plans.

A Congress that, at best, will have the barest Democratic majorities, a regulatory process that will make it as laborious for his administration to institute its own policies as it will be to repeal Trump’s, and a federal judiciary that at every level is more conservative and therefore likely more skeptical of environmental rules and regulations — all three will pose major, if not insurmountable, obstacles to the Biden climate change agenda.

Joe Biden and climate activists alike may envision him as the first “climate president.” But given the hurdles he faces, his actual achievements are likely to fall far short of either his or their most ardent hopes.

Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) is a writer and historian. He lives in the Philadelphia area.

Tags: Green New Deal, Environment, Joe Biden, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Regulation, Energy, Climate Change, Congress, Oil, Natural Gas, Fossil Fuels, Pollution

Original Author: Varad Mehta

Original Location: Green No Deal

Doc Rivers responds to Paul George’s latest criticism .
The statistics actually back Rivers up on this. As shared by Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, George finished 33% of all his plays using the pick-and-roll under Rivers. That represented the highest mark of his career.Maybe George knows that, which is why he tried to clean up his comments after the fact. Ultimately, however, the damage was done. George’s critics see him as a player who refuses to take responsibility when he comes up short, as illustrated by quotes such as this one.

usr: 10
This is interesting!