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    AOC and Ed Markey Want a Civilian Climate Corps. Here's What It Could Look Like. - In These Times - "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey just introduced a new plan to employ millions of Americans in good-paying jobs that respond to climate change. Who’s in?"
    The Corps will compensate at least $15 per hour for its 1.5 million workers, provide full healthcare coverage, support transportation, housing, and childcare for workers, and offer educational grants of $25,000 per year of service. It also includes ​“explicit antiracist language” to ensure ​“environmental justice communities” benefit from of at least 50% of the projects. The bill also requires coordination with local labor unions.

    Rep. Ocasio-Cortez emphasized the importance of putting marginalized communities first in all efforts to transition to a clean energy economy. ​“Those who have been left behind come first,” she stated at the conference. ​“We are going to transition to a 100% carbon-free economy that is more unionized, more just, more dignified, that guarantees more healthcare and housing, than we ever have before.”
    Thus avoiding a big problem with the original New Deal, a problem that AOC herself has noted for some time.
    How do we avoid the mistakes of New Deal-era programs?

    While Roosevelt’s CCC enjoyed broad popularity, it had problems. Work camps were segregated and women were excluded entirely. Eleanor Roosevelt’s ​“She-She-She” camps, the equivalent program for women, were short-lived. Most of the projects ultimately benefited predominantly white, rural areas.

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    People furious after website they never used or even heard of stops listing recipes with beef.
    I've definitely used their recipes before. No more, I guess.
    NYT has a great food section with some wonderful recipes. If you read the comments, you often learn something (or I do).

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    Green New Deal For Public Housing - has maps of locations of public-housing projects. All over the US and not just in big cities.

    H.R.2803 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): To address the impact of climate change on agriculture, and for other purposes. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress
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    Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1] (Introduced 04/22/2021)

    AOC mentioned that as another GND-related bill, but I can't find any further details.


    I next compared
    H.Res.332 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress
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    H.Res.109 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress
    since I now have the full text for both. Here goes (copies of rendered webpages into BBEdit, starting at "RESOLUTION"):
    • Line 51: white -> White, black -> Black
    • Line 57: comma removed
    • Line 77: "to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions" -> to achieve the greenhouse gas and toxic emissions reductions needed to stay under 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming"
    • Line 79: "to create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security" -> "to create millions of good, high-wage unions jobs and encourage collective bargaining agreements to ensure prosperity and economic security"
    • Line 133: "zero-emission vehicle" -> "zero-emission vehicle and non-motorized alternative modes of transportation"
    • Line 173: "guarantees wage and benefit parity" -> "guarantees direct replacement of lost wages, health care, retirement, and other benefits"

    "Non-motorized alternative modes of transportation" presumably include bicycles.

    No mention of nuclear energy, and no mention of renewable-sourced synfuels or chemical feedstocks.

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    AOC’s plan for a 1.5 million-strong Civilian Climate Corps, explained | Grist

    "A new bill would bring back FDR's famous New Deal program — with a few big changes."
    Their “Civilian Climate Corps for Jobs and Justice Act” is imagined as a modernized version of FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps, part of the original New Deal. Starting in the depths of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the nine-year program employed 3 million men who planted billions of trees, fought forest fires, and built trails you can hike in National Parks today.

    The Biden administration is already working on its own plan for the Civilian Conservation Corps, which it announced in January, tucked into a single paragraph of an executive order. Ocasio-Cortez reportedly played a role in making that happen — during Biden’s presidential campaign, she floated the idea to former Secretary of State John Kerry, now the special presidential envoy for climate, who convinced Biden to take up the idea.
    There are four features that set this proposal apart from past ones.

    1. Scale
    In the American Jobs Plan unveiled last month, Biden asked for $10 billion to jumpstart the CCC, an amount that Mark Paul, an assistant professor of economics and the environment at the New College of Florida, says is far too low. According to his calculations, that could fund somewhere between 150,000 to 200,000 workers. In comparison, the AOC and Markey bill would employ 1.5 million people over a span of five years, increasing the program’s scope nearly 10-fold.
    2. Compensation
    This new CCC would be based on AmeriCorps, at least initially.
    Pay is so meager that corps members are encouraged to sign up for food stamps — so it’s not an ideal way for a program to tackle unemployment.

    Markey and Ocasio-Cortez are proposing that climate corps members be paid at least $15 an hour and receive health care coverage and other benefits like child care and counseling.
    3. Equity
    Another unique aspect of the plan: It calls for half of the climate service projects to be based in low-income communities and communities of color, which are disproportionately exposed to pollution and climate-fueled disasters, with at least 10 percent of these projects in tribal areas. Additionally, it proposes recruiting at least half of the corps members from marginalized communities.
    The original CCC had segregated all-male work camps, though FDR's wife Eleanor got some "She-She-She" camps going. The original CCC was also mostly rural.

    4. Local involvement
    The original CCC was “really top-down,” Maher said, with those living near projects given “basically no say in what the projects were.” The AOC and Markey bill says the CCC’s activities would be “planned and implemented in a manner that incorporates local knowledge and planning wherever practicable,” working with local organizations and labor unions as partners.

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    Some snippets from that GND-reintroduction press conference.

    NowThis on Twitter: "Rep. @AOC reintroduces the Green New Deal: ’The climate crisis is a crisis born of injustice and it is a crisis born of the pursuit of profit at any and all human and ecological cost.’ (link)" / Twitter

    Ed Markey on Twitter: "The intersecting crises which we face demand a Green New Deal to create jobs, deliver justice, and save our planet. Thank you @AOC, the @sunrisemvmt, and all of our partners organizing in Congress, online, and in the streets for a just and livable future. (link)" / Twitter

    Robert Reich on Twitter: ".@AOC: We refuse to allow an economy that goes from oil baron to solar baron.

    We’re going to transition to a 100% carbon-free economy that is more unionized, more just, more dignified, and guarantees more health care and housing than we ever have before. (link)" / Twitter


    Congresswoman Chellie Pingree on Twitter: "💜 my #EarthDay 🎁 from @AOC! (link)" / Twitter
    With a picture of a dark-green Green New Deal cap.
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter: "I’m glad you like it @chelliepingree! Happy Earth Day 🌎 🌱" / Twitter

    That cap is offered on sale at AOC's online shop, along with a lot of other GND-related merchandise. My favorite is a set of GND posters: Green New Deal Poster Pack – Official AOC Shop

    Six have been made so far: Palham Bay Park in the Bronx in NYC, Flushing Bay Corona Park in Queens in NYC, Plaza del Totem in San Juan PR, The Public Garden in Boston MA, Hart Plaza in Detroit MI, and Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles CA.

    All of them are in the style of posters from the original New Deal.

    This makes me think: what additional ones? St. Louis MO: Gateway Arch / San Francisco CA: Golden Gate Bridge / Philadelphia PA: Philly Arts Museum / DC: Washington Mall / Manhattan NYC: Central Park / Brooklyn NYC: Armory / Seattle WA: Space Needle / London UK: Hyde Park / Paris France: Eiffel Tower / ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    AOC’s plan for a 1.5 million-strong Civilian Climate Corps, explained | Grist

    "A new bill would bring back FDR's famous New Deal program — with a few big changes."

    There are four features that set this proposal apart from past ones.

    1. Scale


    2. Compensation
    This new CCC would be based on AmeriCorps, at least initially.
    Pay is so meager that corps members are encouraged to sign up for food stamps — so it’s not an ideal way for a program to tackle unemployment.

    Markey and Ocasio-Cortez are proposing that climate corps members be paid at least $15 an hour and receive health care coverage and other benefits like child care and counseling.
    3. Equity
    Another unique aspect of the plan: It calls for half of the climate service projects to be based in low-income communities and communities of color, which are disproportionately exposed to pollution and climate-fueled disasters, with at least 10 percent of these projects in tribal areas. Additionally, it proposes recruiting at least half of the corps members from marginalized communities.
    The original CCC had segregated all-male work camps, though FDR's wife Eleanor got some "She-She-She" camps going. The original CCC was also mostly rural.

    4. Local involvement
    The original CCC was “really top-down,” Maher said, with those living near projects given “basically no say in what the projects were.” The AOC and Markey bill says the CCC’s activities would be “planned and implemented in a manner that incorporates local knowledge and planning wherever practicable,” working with local organizations and labor unions as partners.
    This idea doesn't sound very good at all. It sounds like a short-term plan with no exit strategy. Yes, we need to fix efficiency in the US for energy (and maybe finally getting the lead out of poor housing!), but saying we're going to create 1.5 million jobs for 5 years isn't exactly mind blowing. 5 years is not a very long time and it doesn't deal with the fact that America is losing jobs overall due to efficiency, overseas job displacement, and computers

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    Saying it is not good because it is only a small good is not a rational criticism.

    It is not a negative.

    The US capitalist economy has clearly shown it cannot provide decent jobs and lives for tens of millions.

    Anything that helps the human lives capitalism does not care about is good.

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