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Perspectives on the Green New Deal

"Something that isn't achievable isn't just not good — it's bad."

This fall, we hosted the second annual Ecomodernism event outside Washington, DC. One of our favorite debates to ever take the stage is now live online: UC Santa Barbara’s Leah Stokes and Niskanen Center’s Jerry Taylor on the Green New Deal, with The Guardian's Emily Holden moderating. 

Before this in-person debate, Taylor had written a detailed open letter to GND proponents, to which Stokes responded in a 30-point tweet thread. They – as we like to call it – Achieved Disagreement on a variety of points: the link between climate and inequality, the scale and cost of the climate problem, the effectiveness of bundling social and climate policy, and the role of social movements. We were excited to watch them hash it out in person.

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The Green New Deal and the Legacy of Public Power

Have we been here before?

The Green New Deal is one of the biggest new ideas in climate policy in the past decade. But the policies it proposes aren't that new at all — they were mostly endorsed by the Obama Administration. 

Our senior climate & energy analyst, Jameson McBride, argues for something stronger, based on a very different policy tradition that has had the most historical success in decarbonizing world economies quickly: public power.

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