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‘Underwhelming and Inadequate’: Green Groups Slam New Senate Democrats’ Climate Report

A climate action report released Tuesday by Senate Democrats drew disappointed reactions from green groups and progressive campaigners who say it does not do nearly enough to combat the potentially existential threat of catastrophic global heating caused by human activity.  The report—titled “The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Economy for the American People” (pdf)—was …

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‘Exact Right Message’: Ed Markey’s Must-Watch 2020 Campaign Ad Praised for Highlighting Broken Social Contract

Sen. Ed Markey won applause from progressives overnight and into Friday after releasing a new campaign ad touting himself as an outspoken Senate leader with working-class roots who is better-positioned to serve Massachusetts families than his Democratic primary challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III.  The three-minute video begins with a rebuke of President Donald Trump and …

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With Biden-Harris Ticket Set, Climate Groups Demand ‘Transformative Action From Day One’ If Elected

Since presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday announced Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, green groups have responded by welcoming the choice and expressing hope that the California Democrat will push for ambitious, justice-focused climate and environmental policies if they win in November. As a 2020 presidential primary candidate until late last …

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Calling Ed Markey a ‘Benchmark’ Progressive, Dying Healthcare Activist Ady Barkan Endorses the Massachusetts Senator for Reelection

Ady Barkan, the healthcare activist dying of ALS who has spent years advocating for Medicare for All and other progressive policies, endorsed Sen. Ed Markey for reelection on Friday in his primary against Rep. Joe Kennedy. “Progressives should look to Sen. Ed Markey as the benchmark for the kind of candidate we should strive to …

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New Analysis Details How Electrifying the US Economy by 2035 Could Create 25 Million Green Jobs

A report released Wednesday by a new nonprofit—in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic disaster, and calls for a green recovery from those intertwined crises that prioritizes aggressive climate policies—lays out how rapidly decarbonizing and electrifying the U.S. economy could create up to 25 million good-paying jobs throughout the country over the …

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‘We Have Never Endorsed You,’ Sunrise Movement—Which Backs Ed Markey—Reminds Joe Kennedy III

The youth-led Sunrise Movement reiterated the climate advocacy group’s support for Sen. Ed Markey on Sunday night after the Massachusetts Democrat compared endorsements with his primary challenger, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, during a livestreamed debate. Markey, the lead Senate sponsor of the Green New Deal resolution, said that “the Sunrise Movement, which is the heart …

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‘More Work to Do’ But ‘Major Step Forward’: Progressives Welcome Biden’s $2 Trillion Green Energy Plan

U.S. environmental and climate activists on Tuesday welcomed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s “Plan to Build a Modern, Sustainable Infrastructure and an Equitable Clean Energy Future”—a proposal that is notably bolder than what he called for earlier in the primary. “It’s no secret that we’ve been critical of Vice President Biden’s plans and commitments …

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Sunrise Movement Says Wins by Corporate Democrats Like McGrath and Hickenlooper Must Be ‘Moment of Reckoning’ for Progressives

After a pair of U.S. Senate candidates backed by the Sunrise Movement was defeated by more corporate-friendly centrists in recent Democratic primary races, the youth-led climate group’s political director expressed hope Wednesday that the losses would serve as “a moment of reckoning for the progressive movement, and that all of us reflect on what we …

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Naomi Klein and Arundhati Roy Help Launch Global Green New Deal Project With Worldwide Invitation

Authors Arundhati Roy and Naomi Klein took part in a virtual conversation on Tuesday to help launch a Global Green New Deal project to foster internationalism and visualize possibilities for a new and better world for people and the planet. The online event, entitled “Into the Portal, No One Left Behind,” was co-sponsored by The …

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After Coronavirus Triggers 17% Emissions Drop, Experts Say Only ‘Fundamental Structural Change’ Can Save Humanity’s Future

After an analysis revealed Tuesday that lockdowns from the coronavirus pandemic caused planet-heating emissions to drop in early April by an unprecedented 17%, climate scientists and activists warned that progress will quickly be erased if the world returns to business as usual and called for systemic changes in the global energy, food, and transportation sectors. …

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Progressives Slam Oil-Soaked Steny Hoyer for Backing Joe Kennedy III Over Green New Deal Champion Ed Markey

Progressives and climate activists expressed furstration with Democratic Party leadership after Politico reported Tuesday that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer would be holding a virtual fundraiser for Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Ed Markey in the 2020 Massachusetts Democratic primary.  Markey, who cosponsored the Green New Deal with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), has …

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‘Return to Normalcy’ Not Going to Be Enough to Win Our Support, Young Progressives Tell Joe Biden

A group of progressive, youth-led organizations on Wednesday released an open letter to former Vice President Joe Biden urging the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to “champion the bold ideas” that have energized younger voters. The new letter, signed by coalition of eight youth movement leaders—including Alliance for Youth Action, March for Our Lives Action Fund, …

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After Sanders Exits Race, Climate Campaigners Thank Him for ‘Raising the Bar’ and Urge Biden to ‘Step Up’

The end of Bernie Sanders’ second campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday provoked an immediate wave of praise from climate campaigners for the Vermont senator’s ambitious plans to address the planetary emergency and calls for former Vice President Joe Biden, now the party’s presumed nominee, to embrace his ex-rival’s progressive proposals. “Senator Sanders’ …

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