WASHINGTON - The Green Party of the United States called today for President Biden and Congress to provide $2.7 trillion annually for a Green New Deal economic stimulus to reboot the economy and transition the country to a 100% renewable energy system with zero emissions by 2030.
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For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
The Greens are also calling for Biden to formally declare a climate emergency and to invest an additional $1.4 trillion annually to implement an Economic Bill of Rights. The numbers are based on several studies commissioned during the 2020 Green Party presidential campaign of Howie Hawkins.
The Democrats are expected to propose a $2 trillion green economic stimulus package later this month based on the THRIVE resolution co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and others.
“The recent COVID relief package should have been stronger, starting with at least the promised $2,000 checks and a $15 an hour minimum wage. Congress should also have finally made quality healthcare a right for all Americans with an expanded and improved Medicare for All program. The next step is to reboot our economy, invest in clean air and water, and create 30 million-plus new living wage jobs while addressing the climate crisis — which poses an existential threat to the future of humanity,” said Green Party National Co-Chair Gloria Mattera.
The Green Party said the green infrastructure proposal should focus on public ownership and democratic control — rather than private profit — since the capitalist system and reliance on market forces created the climate crisis. It should also avoid funding for false climate solutions such as carbon capture, “renewable” gas, biomass and nuclear.
“The federal government should plan and manage the construction of publicly owned energy systems and manufacturing, coordinating the transformation of our manufacturing, agricultural, and transportation systems for environmental sustainability. Unlike the nationalized arms production sector in World War II, which was turned over after the war to the wealthy and their giant corporations, the public enterprises created in this program must remain under social ownership as public utilities and community worker cooperatives for the benefit of all of the people,” said Howie Hawkins, the 2020 Green Party candidate for President.
Greens advocate a massive investment and rapid expansion of clean, renewable energy such as solar, wind (including offshore), geothermal, battery storage as well as conservation by targeting the funds to municipal utilities, rural electric cooperatives, and community and worker-owned companies. Greens said that public ownership would help ensure community residents get to determine the siting for such large-scale projects, speeding up the construction process. Greens also support public ownership in the manufacturing sector to rapidly convert all production systems to clean energy.
The Green Party would also provide funding for rural electric cooperatives to move to renewable energy and shut down their fossil fuel plants. These cooperatives, part of the original New Deal, serve 42 million people across 56 percent of the country.
“The climate action program needs to be based on a Just Transition. At least 40% of the funds must go to the communities most harmed by pollution and climate change. We need to guarantee wages and jobs for workers and communities presently dependent on fossil fuels, ensuring all Americans prosper from the green transformation,” said Green Party National Co-Chair Tamar Yager. Greens called to strengthen the rights and pay of workers, starting with enacting the PRO Act.
The Green Party said it supported Senator Schumer’s proposal to require all new cars to be emissions-free by 2030 (and all vehicles by 2040) but would expand it to include all vehicles by 2030. The Greens would also make it a priority to invest in mass transit nationwide, including buses and light rail to reach outside of urban areas. Green leaders said that the stimulus package should enable all existing public buses and government vehicles to run on 100% electricity. It would also provide funding to immediately convert all public buildings in the US to renewable energy.
“Congress needs to mandate rapid reductions in emissions, including phasing out existing fossil fuel uses in the next decade. Conservation remains the most cost-effective way to reduce emissions and lower energy costs. We need a massive investment in energy retrofits of residences and other buildings. We need to fund the replacement of heating and cooling via natural gas and oil with geothermal energy and air heat pumps,” added Mark Dunlea, Co-Chair of the EcoAction Committee of the Green Party.
The Green Party would pay for the stimulus through higher taxes on the wealthy (and cracking down on their tax evasion), at least a 50% cut in the Pentagon budget, a robust carbon tax and borrowing. The program will cover its costs, including borrowed funds, over time out of revenues from public enterprises, including public power fees, public transit fares, and public housing rents.
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This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Thursday, March 25, 2021. A look at the media.
Starting with the media.
That's RISING and that's RISING proving just what a waste they are. It's not like they filed anything important on Iraq -- the Iraq War hit the 18 year mark over the weekend. But here they want to file on how US Vice President Kamala Harris will be joining former president and forever womanizer Bill Clinton for an event about empowering women and girls. Bill is credibly accused of having raped Juanita Broaddrick and he did have a highly inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky which was, honestly, harassment after he's needing her to be silent about that affair.
There is no reason in the world that a sitting vice president should be taking part in this nonsense. The optic are wrong, just for starters.
But where does RISING get off criticizing anything about this event for women and girls? They bring on two guests and nither are experts in empowering women and girls nor are they women.
This is not why media is supposed to exist. This is lazy and it's sexist.
Of and when Krystal leaves RISING (and her podcast with Kyle as well), let's hope she's not planning to guest on other shows because the pattern she's set is that women don't make up half the world and they certainly shouldn't make up half the guest list.
Is it really too much to think that, in 2021, half of RISING's guests could be women? Is it really reaching to expect that a segment like this would feature women?
They are the problem. RISING is the problem.
Right now, some are slamming Senator Tammy Duckworth for her declaration that she wouldn't vote for anymore Biden cabinet nominees unless they were minorities until Joe nominates an Asian American cabinet official.
"Race quotas!" And other nonsense many hissed.
First off, it wasn't Tammy alone. Senator Senator Mazie Hirono also joined her in that stance. They have both backed off.
They shouldn't have. Tammy and Mazie were not asking for a full cabinet, they were asking for one official. And all Joe's offered in terms of diversity has been officials -- meaning he's got no iversity in thought, no diversity in programs. His administration is run of the ill generic with the exception of skin tone, sexual orientation, etc. The individual is the diversity -- not the programs, not the experience, not the outlook. So if that's all he's offering, that's all he's offering.
And Mazie and Tammy are well within their rights to make demands. Sadly, they didn't stick to those demands.
The Krystal Balls of the world go merrily along the way reinforcing every double standard and every barrier that has existed for years. As a co-host of RISING, she should be inviting women on air. But she barely does. And that's why people have to make demands. It's 2021 and Krystal Ball has the power to invite on her show whomever she wants. She misuses that power on a daily basis.
Krystal, if women aren't good enough to make up half the guests on RISISNG, maybe they shouldn't make up half the hosts? How would you like that if it were your ass on the line?
I don't like women who refuse to help other women. I don't like women who climb their way to the top over the bodies of other women.
This really needs to end, I'm damn tired of it.
Let's also remember that we're nearing the end of what's supposed to be Women's History Month. Did you see any outlets up the number of women that featured this month? No, of course not. They keep doing their 1/3 of the guests female and we're all supposed to look the other way.
Staying with media, let's move to HARD LENS MEDIA.
That's a hard hitting commentary from both hosts in the video above. US House Rep Pramila Jayapal has introduced a bill for Medicare For All and she states "that means that we now have a bill number. Medicare For All is officially HR 1976 "
The hosts are correct that she and others refused to Force The Vote back in January. More to the point, does Pramila Jayapal think she's the first person to introduce this bill?
Has she never heard of Dennis Kucinich? Here's then-US House Rep Dennis Kuccinich doing just that in 2008. And here's Dennis two years prior to that talking about another bill that he introduced for Medicare For All that session. We could go on and on with this. If Jayapal wants credit for doing something then she needs to do something unique. Introducing a bill? She's not the first on the Moon with that action.
Staying with the media, MEMO offers:
The United States is to resume strategic talks with Iraqi officials next month regarding the status of combat troops, a senior Biden administration official said.
The talks will be the first set of US-Iraq meetings under President Joe Biden and are expected to set the tone for the relationship between the two countries during the next few years, the Associated Press reported.
Is that the language now? If it is, I'm fine with it. But I do want to know if this is now the official language? For years and years, they've not been called combat troops -- they were just there to advise and train, remember that?
They're combat troops, they've always been combat troops. But the press has played language games and pretend. Now MEMO (and AP before) are saying combat troops.
Logistics convoys affiliated with US terrorist forces were once again targeted in Iraq, Al-Mayadeen reported.
According to the report, a roadside bomb exploded near a convoy of American terrorists in Diwaniyah province in Iraq. Ashab l-Kahf group claimed responsibility for the blast.
Another roadside bomb targeted a convoy of US troops in Dhi Qar province in Iraq. Oliya al-Dam group claimed responsibility for the blast.
Again, they are combat troops.
We're going to again note IAVA is hosting a FACEBOOK Live event:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 23, 2021
New York, NY – On Thursday, March 25th, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) CEO Jeremy Butler will be joined by House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-IL) and IAVA Member Advocates Sarah Letts and Corey Foster for a Facebook Live event focused on women veterans and burn pits and toxic exposures. The event will conclude IAVA’s virtual fly-in advocacy week.
“As veterans, we know the importance of working together for the greater good,” said Ranking Member Bost. “That’s exactly how we’re going to get veterans back to work and fully recovered from COVID-19, improve services for women, support those suffering from toxic exposure, and more. I’m ready to listen and learn from these leaders on Thursday about the challenges post 9/11 veterans are facing and the solutions IAVA is bringing to the table.”
Throughout the week, IAVA’s Member advocates are meeting with lawmakers from both parties to discuss the crucial issues facing the veteran community, including impacts from burn pits and toxic exposures, the veteran suicide crisis, the needs of women veterans, equitable access to VA healthcare, and more. Videos of the event will be recorded and available on IAVA’s website and social media channels.
“IAVA is laser focused on raising awareness and enacting real change for veterans and their families,” said IAVA CEO, Jeremy Butler. “And what a fitting way to end our advocacy event – with fellow veterans and Ranking Member Mike Bost, rallying for the betterment of our veteran community.”
This Facebook Live event will provide an overview on IAVA’s history of advocacy across legislative issues, including women veterans and toxic exposure. The event will also highlight personal stories from IAVA Member Advocates. There will be time allotted for viewers to ask questions throughout the event.
“I am so appreciative of the opportunity to represent IAVA members and veterans in general in discussing my experiences of combat toxic exposure, from burn pits to poorly treated water in degrading plastic bottles,” said Sarah Letts. “And I am encouraged by the focus on the treatment of and services for women veterans. Please join us in this important discussion.”
“I look forward to having a candid conversation about the needs of female veterans and the impact of burn pits and toxic exposures,” said Corey Foster. “It’s critical that as a collective group we raise awareness about these important issues so we can facilitate positive change for veterans and their families.”
Biographies of the Member Advocates for this week are available here. IAVA’s CEO Jeremy Butler and Member Advocates are available to meet with the media upon request through email@example.com.
Jeremy Butler, CEO, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Representative Mike Bost (R-IL), Ranking Member of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee
Corey Foster, Member Advocate
Sarah Letts, Member Advocate
IAVA Announces Facebook Live Event with Ranking Member Bost During Virtual Fly-in
WHEN: Thursday, March 25th at 5:00pm EST/ 2:00pm PST
WHERE: Join the Facebook Live event here. The event is open to the press.
Jeremy Butler serves as IAVA’s Chief Executive Officer. Jeremy joined IAVA with 15+ years of experience providing substantive and strategic counsel to leaders in high-profile government and private sector offices, including the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. He graduated from Knox College with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy Reserve. Butler regularly contributes to national media outlets across the country.
IAVA is the voice for the post-9/11 veteran generation. With over 400,000 veterans and allies nationwide, IAVA is the leader in non-partisan veteran advocacy and public awareness. We drive historic impacts for veterans and IAVA’s programs are second to none. Any veteran or family member in need can reach out to IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force at quickreactionforce.org or 855-91RAPID (855-917-2743) to be connected promptly with a veteran care manager who will assist. IAVA’s The Vote Hub is a free tool to register to vote and find polling information. IAVA’s membership is always growing. Join the movement at iava.org/membership.
That's later today.
Mike's "They were all better than Joe " isn't showing up on the links but it did post as did the following: