Is it time for a Green New Deal?

Is it time for a Green New Deal?

April  22, Earth Day--it's been 50 years,  and the earth, the environment is still  a cause worth fighting for.  In the midst of a pandemic, some things are very clear---

vulnerable people are most affected

fossil fuels are not the future

The way we have been living has contributed to income inequality, wars, refugees, deforestation, mountains of plastic, wildfires,  endangered species, and  viral pandemics.

This can't go on.

The May futures for a barrel of crude oil have fallen below zero, due to reduced demand  from the pandemic  lockdown. There is not so much air travel, or  car traffic on the highways.  The sky is blue over Los Angeles.  The Milky Way is visible from some big cities, now.

This is an opportunity to think about what matters, going forward.  Yes, it's good to have a sense of community. Yes, it's good to be resourceful and generous. No, greed  is not good. Massive unemployment is not a good  thing.

Maybe it's time to think about a Green New Deal--a new sustainable way of living and working--inclusive and resilient, innovative and future-oriented.

We can do this!  We are doing this already. People are using what they have.  People  are helping other people. They are making masks for front-line workers and fighting to save the Postal Service.  They are looking to the future, and even if it means  virtual museums for awhile, there will still be museums and concerts, sports and music and poetry.  There will be conversations and closeness. Lying will be wrong again.

I think people  are  beginning to realize  how much these things matter--now and in the future.



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  • Beautifully put, my friend. Very well reasoned. The next time I hear someone talk about "back to normal," I will think of this and ask "Why?"

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks so much for reading!

  • I'm not sure that the Green New Deal is the answer,* something has to be done. For instance, WeatherNation implies that all the tornadoes in the South are because the Gulf of Mexico is way too warm. But those people don't believe in climate change.

    While I thought I was doing something for the Illinois transportation trust fund by going on several 70 mile road trips without leaving my car, my trip computer showed that I was getting 56 mpg, so I didn't burn much $1.39 gasoline. Some news sources saying that other gas stations changing $1.85/gal are gouging us, but gas at those prices is not going to reduce consumption. I also note that the 2 transit authorities here are advertising for diesel buses, so there definitely isn't any drive, like in southern California, to go all electric by 2030.

    *The CNN description includes such things as communism, unionism (doesn't explain why the NLRA is insufficient to reverse trends), and trade deals, most of which seem extraneous to climate change.

    One thing current legislation demonstrates is that no harm seems to occur from the Federal Government printing trillions in money, so the old conservative fear of paying for all of this shouldn't be a concern.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading and your comments, Jack! Yes, something has to be done. Some ideas in the Green New Deal may be a starting place.
    Gas is cheaper than milk these days, and it seems the South is becoming the new Tornado Alley.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Yes, although after I filled up, I figure I got only 36 mpg instead of the car computer's 48, which indicates that either the car's computer or Woodman's pump for $1.19/gal E15 is off.

    What may be stranger is that their ethanol blends (E-15-$1.19, E-30-$1.09, E-85-$0.99) are still cheaper than the usual 10% ethanol gasoline. Last time gas prices fell, that wasn't the case. Consider that those include 56 cents of state and federal motor fuel tax.

    Milk prices should be lower than they are, except the milk that was destined to commercial use is being dumped, while consumer supplies are down.

    Another environmental downside of the current pandemic is that we were told to get reusable shopping bags, and now we can't use them.

  • In reply to jack:

    That's true about the milk prices! The commercial demand is way down--for milk and all kinds of produce--schools and restaurants aren't using it.
    Yes, the reusable bags are confusing now. Some places do let you use them, but only you can touch them.
    Other places won't let you use them at all.

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