“Policies have to be introduced immediately at the federal level,” says Vien Truong, the president of Green for All, a progressive group that supports a Green New Deal. “We have to start calling people to the mat — are they in or are they out? Are they going to be for actually beginning to address this with the level of urgency that we need or are they going to stand there on the sidelines and literally watch the tides roll in?” http://time.com/5524167/green-new-deal-proposal-congress/Read more
A week after being elected as New York's 14th District congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined a protest by a group of young environmental activists urging Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the presumptive House Speaker, to lead the party in developing a comprehensive, ambitious plan to address climate change in the next Congress.Read more
Right-wing media outlets seem to be waging a coordinated campaign to portray US Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a dimwit radical. Their efforts will backfire. She is in fact championing the smartest, most practical idea in US politics to address two urgent problems: climate change and poverty.Read more
Many people living in Huron do not have access to a car. And to reach medical or social service appointments, they have to somehow get to Fresno, which is about fifty miles away. That’s an hour’s drive in a car–or a three- to four-hour trip on a bus.Read more
Green For All National Director Michelle Romero on Green Solutions for a Clean Energy Economy on Political Climate
In this episode of Political Climate, hosts speak to experts at the clean economy group Green for All, the conservative think tank R Street Institute, and the policy firm Energy Innovation about the policies they believe are necessary — and politically feasible — to implement.Read more
The Trump Administration's efforts to stop California from imposing its own air pollution standards for cars and trucks got a negative reception in Fresno.
The EPA held the first of three nationwide hearings on the plan to strip states of their power to set emission standards and to roll back the gas mileage requirements for new cars. The EPA is getting input on their plan called SAFE for Safer, Affordable Fuel Efficient vehicles.
Dozens of Central Valley residents put off work and other commitments to testify Monday at the U.S. EPA hearing on the “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule”, a proposal put forth by the Trump Administration to weaken clean car standards (despite the misleading name).
The Latino community in particular, turned out in force to reject the Trump Administration’s clean car rollbacks. Testimony after testimony, residents spoke of the ongoing contamination and pollution they see in their communities: pesticides, water contamination, air pollution, asbestos. Rolling back the Clean Car Standards, they say, would further put their health at risk.Read more
La organización Dream Corps afirma que el cambio climático ha provocado que huracanes como María, Irma, Sandy, Katrina y otros sean más frecuentes y más violentos. Los ciclones “pueden limpiar comunidades enteras en Florida y Puerto Rico”, aseguró a La Prensa Michelle Romero, directora de la campaña ‘Green For All’ de DreamCorps, una organización nacional que en alianza con grupos locales de la Florida Central impulsa una iniciativa para motivar el voto puertorriqueño y el de la “gente de color”.Read more
Jones, founder of the environmental advocacy group Green for All, said the “climate refugees,” as he calls them, have more power than they may realize.
“Obviously, the devastation that happened in Puerto Rico and the botched recovery effort have made displaced Puerto Ricans critical to the election,” he said in an interview this week. “They need to send a message to both political parties that Puerto Rican issues and climate issues need to be taken seriously.”Read more
Romero described the statistics offered by Wheeler's EPA as nonsense, arguing that the "dirty economy actually costs us more" and saying that "struggling families and low-income communities are subsidizing the cost for big polluters to continue to profit."Read more