David Roberts @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Feb. 07, 2019 1 min read

My new post: @SenMarkey and @AOC have released an official Green New Deal resolution. Here are some initial thoughts on its priorities, the fights it wisely avoids, a few things it should have included, and what it means for Democrats.  https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/2/7/18211709/green-new-deal-resolution-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-markey-resolution?utm_campaign=drvox&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter 

In my piece, I call out urbanism as one of the resolution's blind spots. Here, @alexbaca makes that same point at greater length. Preach.  https://slate.com/business/2019/02/green-new-deal-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-flaw-land-use.html 

Squinting at the language of the GND resolution now, as far as I can tell, it never directly calls for 100% clean electricity w/in 10 years. It calls for 100% clean electricity (& a bunch of other lofty goals). Then it calls for tackling all of them via a "10-year mobilization."

That would make more sense to me. I dunno anybody who thinks 100% clean electricity in 10 years is doable. Even by 2040 is ambitious AF. But a 10-year mobilization, yes, that we can do. More than anything we just need to dramatically pick up the pace.

Also, what's wrong with just taking California's example national? The state is targeting 60% renewable electricity by 2030, 100% zero-emissions electricity by 2045. It's using old-fashioned energy portfolio standards, which are tested & proven. Why reinvent the wheel?

This very good piece from @MikeGrunwald makes a key point: anyone who finds the GND ridiculous or unrealistic needs to explain why it is less ridiculous or more realistic to let the ravages of climate change unfold as forecast.  https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/02/07/green-new-deal-224928 

This is the fundamental underlying fact shaping climate politics: doing nothing (or too little) is the most radical choice of all, the one that invites the most disruptive change and suffering. It is the people tamping down ambition who are the dangerous extremists.

All humans (especially conservatives) suffer from status quo bias. The way things are just seems right and normal. Change always brings some level of anxiety. But that impulse has become incredibly dangerous. Change is our fate for the next few centuries. We must deal with it.


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