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Green New Deal Network Applauds Biden Administration’s Move to Invest in Renewable Energy

Mon, 06/06/2022 - 12:11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — June 6, 2022
Contact: Sumer Shaikh, Green New Deal Network, sshaikh@greennewdealnetwork.org, 774-545-0128 

Green New Deal Network Applauds Biden Administration’s Move to Invest in Renewable Energy 
Investments defend communities against corporate utilities who keep throwing lifelines to outdated, toxic, and expensive fossil fuel infrastructure

Washington D.C. — Today, the Green New Deal Network (GNDN) applauds the Biden Administration’s move to spur investment in clean energy technologies, especially solar panels, by invoking the Defense Production Act.  

The leadership demonstrated by the President puts us on a path to ensure that monopoly utilities stop making imprudent energy choices at the cost of our wallets, health, and environment. Despite solar being the cheapest form of energy in the US, we only generate 2.8% of our electricity from solar with the majority of our power coming from fossil fuels. While utilities have continued turning over a profit on expensive fossil fuels and increased demand due to extreme weather events, 28% of Americans skipped out on buying basics like food and medicine to pay their utility bills in 2021. Our continued over reliance on fossil fuels hurts more than just our wallet; in 2021, 40 percent of Americans were found to be breathing unhealthy air with people of color 61 percent more likely to live in a county with unhealthy air than white people.

A transition to clean energy would reduce the cost of energy, while also protecting the planet and its people. A just transition and deployment of renewables must support working families by creating local, union-protected renewable energy jobs, stop the development of any new fossil fuel infrastructure, and ensure benefits of clean energy investments reach the often low-income, Black, and Brown communities who live in the shadow of fossil fuel polluters. 

GNDN coalition members issued the following statements:

“President Biden must take action at the scale that science and justice demand. Today’s executive action by the Biden administration to help unlock the potential of clean energy is what we need more of to address the climate crisis, create a better future for our communities, support domestic manufacturers, and aid our allies abroad by weakening the fossil-fueled war in Ukraine,” said Anusha Narayanan, Climate Campaign Director at Greenpeace USA. “This announcement demonstrates President Biden’s ability to ramp up the transition to renewable energy. Now he needs to go even further by invoking the Defense Production Act across all clean energy sectors, declaring a climate emergency, and addressing the root of the climate crisis by beginning an immediate and equitable phaseout of domestic fossil fuel production.” 

The climate crisis deserves nothing less than urgent action, and today’s announcement by the White House shows that President Biden is fully capable of taking such steps. With this good news we compel the President to ensure that the rights of Indigenous people are fully respected when it comes to the extraction of rare minerals associated with solar energy development. Furthermore, we look forward to seeing the President now assert his authority to declare a climate emergency and stop the expansion of fossil fuels, for the healthy future of Mother Earth and the next seven generations of life,” said Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director at Indigenous Environmental Network.

“We are in a climate emergency — an emergency we can only confront when our government steps up and launches a WWII scale mobilization to justly transition to renewable energy. This is a great step by the administration, and we urgently hope to see even more significant executive actions follow,” said Varshini Prakash, Movement Executive Director at Sunrise. “We’re one step closer to a Green New Deal, but we need much more leadership like this. Now Biden must follow through and use his executive power to secure funding and ensure every worker can join a union and is paid a living wage. Our lives and our future depend on it.”

Mary Small, National Advocacy Director at Indivisible said, “President Biden’s order to invoke the Defense Production Act, paving the way for a transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy, signals that the administration is not only receiving the calls from people around the country who have been voicing concerns regarding the state of our climate – it shows that President Biden is listening and ready to take action.This Executive Order will massively ramp up production of clean energy technology and infrastructure, create good jobs with strong labor standards, and spur the creation of a just energy system that centers environmental justice. Climate action is just one of many areas in which President Biden can make huge progress, right here and now, with the stroke of a pen. It’s exciting to see President Biden use his position to move yet another priority on Congressional Progressives’ list and the Indivisible movement’s agenda within the White House.” 

“The Sierra Club applauds President Biden for taking the necessary action to support the solar industry, the 230,000 Americans who work in it, and our national climate goals. While this action  will provide a measure of desperately needed certainty in the solar supply chain and allay some concerns, today’s efforts do not conclude the issue at hand,” said Matthew Bearzotti, Deputy Legislative Director at the Sierra Club. “President Biden was right to take critical action to minimize the effects of the ongoing solar inquiry, which has already resulted in layoffs, stalled construction of new solar projects, and a delay in coal plant retirements. Now, Commerce Secretary Raimondo must prioritize concluding a fact-based inquiry at the earliest possible moment as the administration continues to usher in the clean energy economy.”

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About the Green New Deal Network

The Green New Deal Network is a nationwide network of organizations committed to transforming our politics and economy with policies that address the climate crisis, that create good, union jobs, and that repair past harm and advance justice. The Network includes coalitions in 25 states, as well as a coordinating team of 15 national organizations: Center for Popular Democracy, Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Greenpeace, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indivisible, Movement for Black Lives, MoveOn, People’s Action, Right To The City Alliance, Service Employees International Union, Sierra Club, Sunrise Movement, US Climate Action Network, and the Working Families Party.

Categories: A2. Green Unionism

Green New Deal Network Endorses Slate of Congressional Candidates for 2022 Midterms

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 08:07

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
May 11, 2022

Contact: Sumer Shaikh, Green New Deal Network, sshaikh@greennewdealnetwork.org, 774-545-0128 

Green New Deal Network Endorses Slate of Congressional Candidates for 2022 Midterms
GNDN endorses six candidates running for Congress with proven track records fighting for bold action on climate, jobs, and justice 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Green New Deal Network (GNDN) announced its newest and largest slate of endorsements to date for candidates running for Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. The endorsed candidates are: Nida Allam (NC-04), Erica Smith (NC-01), Charles Booker (U.S. Senate, KY), Attica Scott (KY-03), Delia Ramirez (IL-03), and Brittany Ramos Debarros (NY-11)

Congress has failed time and time again to deliver on President Biden’s promise of sweeping legislation to invest in climate, jobs, and justice. It’s more crucial than ever that voters elect officials who will stop pandering to self-interested corporations and instead deliver on what voters elected them to do: protect our planet and our people. All six of these candidates have proven that they prioritize GNDN’s mission to fight for climate, jobs, and justice, and GNDN is eager to see them continue fighting on our behalf. 

"In the coming weeks we must turn out to elect leaders who will protect the planet and its people instead of the profits of corporations.,” said Maurice Mitchell, National Director of the Working Families Party. “These progressive champions are fighting for what our communities urgently need: combatting the climate crisis, making prescription drugs cheaper, protecting abortion access and reproductive rights and ensuring childcare is affordable. The Working Families Party is proud to have their backs."

“The stakes are too high to let the fossil fuel industry and other lobbies decide who should represent us in Congress. We need champions who understand the interlocking crises of climate change and social and racial injustice, and who will prioritize bold climate action,” said Leah Greenberg, Co-Executive Director at Indivisible. 

“Communities across the country are fighting for the future of our nation, and we need leaders that will actually fight alongside them in Congress,” said Varshini Prakash, Executive Director of Sunrise Movement. “We are up against fossil fuel money, corporate influence, and power that is trying to prevent progress, but young people won’t stand for a world where we lose our reproductive freedom, where climate disasters take more lives each year, and we are not done fighting. We need to elect Green New Deal champions across the country, who understand that it takes bold solutions to solve the crises we face, and like us, won’t back down.”

GNDN endorsed these candidates because they believe in rejecting the influence of the fossil fuel lobby; creating jobs that mitigate, address, and avert the climate crisis; and in justice for communities impacted by fossil fuel pollution and the climate crisis. The candidates also had to have a history of — or a credible commitment to — being a climate champion and the backing of local movements for climate justice.

While some more moderate Congressional democrats claim that a Green New Deal is too radical for their constituents, the data show a different story. According to polling by Data for Progress, Green New Deal policies are popular with most voters and appeal to conservative, liberal, and independent voters alike. 

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About the Green New Deal Network

The Green New Deal Network is a nationwide network of organizations committed to transforming our politics and economy with policies that address the climate crisis, that create good, union jobs, and that repair past harm and advance justice. The Network includes coalitions in 25 states, as well as a coordinating team of 15 national organizations: Center for Popular Democracy, Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Greenpeace, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indivisible, Movement for Black Lives, MoveOn, People’s Action, Right To The City Alliance, Service Employees International Union, Sierra Club, Sunrise Movement, US Climate Action Network, and the Working Families Party.

Categories: A2. Green Unionism

Green New Deal Network Calls on President Biden, Congress, and Local Elected Officials to Act on Climate, Care, Jobs and Justice with 100+ Earth Day Mobilizations and New Ads

Tue, 04/26/2022 - 12:41

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
April 26, 2022
Contact: Sumer Shaikh, sshaikh@greennewdealnetwork.org, 774-545-0128 

WASHINGTON D.C. — Following Earth Day weekend rallies, where tens of thousands of Americans called on all levels of government to act on climate, care, green jobs, and justice, the Green New Deal Network will launch digital and mobile billboard ads demanding that President Biden and Congress invest in a just transition to clean and reliable energy to protect our planet and people from the climate crisis. 

"There's no better time for Congress to deliver an investment to tackle climate change and create millions of good-paying union jobs across our care economy," said Mary Kay Henry, International President of SEIU. "Both could not be more urgent. Our population is aging rapidly, requiring more caregiving, and weather-related disasters are becoming more frequent and severe, upending communities, especially Black, brown and immigrant communities that also make up the caregiving workforce. By investing in care and climate, we can make our nation more resilient and lift entire communities out of poverty and harm's way."

Watch video testimonials of activists and community members across the country sharing why they rallied for Earth Day weekend 2022 here

On Earth Day weekend, tens of thousands of Americans in 40 cities, including Washington, D.C., rallied to call for climate justice and green jobs. In D.C., over a thousand people rallied outside the White House to hold the Biden administration and Congress accountable for their promises to act on climate, care, jobs, and justice. Building on this momentum, the Green New Deal Network will place ads in D.C. specifically targeting the Senate and President Biden to deliver on their promises to protect communities from climate, economic, and racial injustices  as they return from recess. 

“Fighting for our future is more than just a slogan. It’s about demanding that those who we elected actually show up to represent our best interests. It is vital that we invest in our planet and people so that we can ensure justice for our communities,” said Angelica Zamora, AZ Green New Deal Network Political Manager. “There is a small window of opportunity to reverse the damage of the climate crisis and provide vital resources that families in Arizona, and across the country, need to thrive. We need public officials to not waste this moment, but join us in rallying for the security of our future."

“Congress must invest in climate, care, jobs, and justice. People are being evicted, living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to afford child or elderly care, and unable to find liveable wage jobs,” said Robin Lockett, Regional Director at Florida Rising. “These issues will further be amplified by climate change for frontline communities. Our brothers, sisters, and neighbors can’t wait!”

“Poor infrastructure and dire climate conditions have impacted cities and towns all over the country, with communities of color, and low-income and rural communities bearing the worst of the burden,” said Alÿcia Bacon, Mothers Out Front, Capital Region New York Organizer. “To meet these challenges we must adequately implement climate laws that mitigate these risks.The CLCPA is  the most progressive climate legislation passed in the country, serving as the state precedent for the federal “Justice 40,” which delivers 40% of the benefits of federal climate change-related investments to disadvantaged communities. It is crucial that we invest in local climate action and put strong environmental justice protections into place both state-wide and nationally. It is time for our lawmakers to put money where their mouth is and invest in our communities and future."

Photos and videos of the D.C. rally are available here and pictures from events across the country are available here. View previews of the advertisements here

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About the Green New Deal Network

The Green New Deal Network is a 50-state campaign with a national coordinating table of 15 organizations: Center for Popular Democracy, Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Greenpeace, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indivisible, Movement for Black Lives, MoveOn, People’s Action, Right To The City Alliance, Service Employees International Union, Sierra Club, Sunrise Movement, US Climate Action Network, and the Working Families Party.

Categories: A2. Green Unionism

Green New Deal Network Applauds Congressional Progressive Caucus Push on Biden to Declare a Climate Emergency

Thu, 03/17/2022 - 08:44

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
March 17, 2022
Contact: Sumer Shaikh, Green New Deal Network, sshaikh@greennewdealnetwork.org, 774-545-0128 

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, in a move supported by the Green New Deal Network and other progressive organizations, the Congressional Progressive Caucus urged President Biden to issue an executive order that recognizes the climate crisis for what it is: a code red emergency. Not only would such a measure mitigate one of the greatest threats of our time, but it would also invest in a healthy, green economy, modern and reliable power, and, most importantly, a country where future generations can thrive. 

Our country’s dangerous over reliance on fossil fuels to power the most basic of functions is built on the backs of people who have consequently endured polluted air and water, extreme natural disasters, and chronic health conditions. To make matters worse, by failing to transition to a sustainable infrastructure, the US is missing an opportunity to create new, dignified union jobs, reduce the cost of energy, and be independent of foreign energy. Instead of pandering to corporate polluters and their profit margins, our lawmakers should be putting all our resources, technology, and innovation behind creating a just transition to a world that is protected from climate change

Activists, volunteers, and impacted communities have labored for decades to have their voices heard in Washington and, today, have found allies amongst the Congressional Progressive Caucus as these leaders continue the fight for executive and legislative climate action that is as bold and urgent as the crisis. As organizations collectively representing millions of members and supporters, including Indigenous, Black, Brown, and frontline communities, the Green New Deal Network urges President Biden to use his executive authority to end the expansion of fossil fuels, protect our communities from the climate emergency, and rapidly scale up production of renewable energy. 

In response, members of the Green New Deal Network issues the following statements: 

Ann Clancy, Associate Director of Climate Policy at Indivisible said, “During the presidential campaign, Joe Biden identified the devastating impacts of climate change as one of the major threats facing our country, and deemed it as a top priority for his presidency. Even as we continue to push for Congress to pass bold climate change legislation, President Biden must do everything within his power to enact bold policy proposals to address this crisis. Indivisible applauds the CPC's call for sweeping executive actions to address the multiple and overlapping crises our communities are facing. We urge President Biden to use the full authority of his office to transition us to a clean energy future, invest in millions of good paying jobs, support clean and healthy communities, and prioritize a just and equitable society.”

“The Biden administration talks big about confronting the climate crisis, pandemic, and economic crisis, but has expanded fossil fuel extraction in the US and failed to deliver on critical climate and social investments in his first year. President Biden still has a chance to mobilize a historic response to meet the scale of today's overlapping crises. He must use the executive powers at his disposal to declare a Climate Emergency, ban fossil fuel extraction on federal lands and waters, and deliver on all the promises he has made to stand up for Black, Indigenous, communities of color, and working class people,” said  Adrien Salazar, Policy Director at Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.

Ashley Nicole, Green New Deal Coordinator at Indigenous Environmental Network said, “President Biden has demonstrated his lack of commitment to the very communities who elected him to office. He has stalled on climate action, abandoning Black, Indigenous, Brown, & other frontline communities who don’t have time to negotiate with neoliberals, capitalists, and white supremacists when their very existence is at stake. This is why Indigenous Environmental Network stands alongside the CPC to demand Biden use his executive powers to declare a Climate Emergency and ban drilling on federal lands and waters. Our collective futures depend on bold climate action now!” 

“Our elected officials can’t keep phoning it in when it comes to the climate emergency. Generations of expanded fossil fuel reliance made extractive policies the norm–and now we’re all paying the price for polluter greed. President Biden needs to listen to the Congressional Progressive Caucus and use his power to deliver for our communities, especially the poor, Native, Black, and brown communities hit first and worst by the climate crisis and environmental racism,” said Ben Ishibashi, Lead Climate Justice Organizer at People’s Action.

Maurice Mitchell, National Director of the Working Families Party said, "These orders would help millions of hard-working people make ends meet while addressing the threats of climate change and COVID-19. Meeting the scale of these challenges will require Congressional action, but President Biden can give working families much-needed relief by taking executive action now. These orders are a testament to years of grassroots organizing led by frontline communities, and we’re proud to stand alongside the Congressional Progressive Caucus as they once again lead the fight to deliver for working people." 

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About the Green New Deal Network

The Green New Deal Network is a 50-state campaign with a national coordinating table of 15 organizations: Center for Popular Democracy, Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Greenpeace, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indivisible, Movement for Black Lives, MoveOn, People’s Action, Right To The City Alliance, Service Employees International Union, Sierra Club, Sunrise Movement, US Climate Action Network, and the Working Families Party.

Categories: A2. Green Unionism

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