IN NEW YORK, A DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, STRONG ON CLIMATE, WINS PRIMARY AGAINST DEM. PARTY STALWART

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26 june 2018

[4C Note: Opposition to the reactionary policies of President Trump comes not only from advocates of a humane immigration policy. On June 26, in Queens, New York, a young progressive supporter of Bernie Sanders with a strong position against climate change, who had also "rallied at Standing Rock, the site of Native American protests against a natural gas pipeline that would cut through their North Dakota land", won a primary against a ten-term centrist Democrat who was fourth in line to become speaker of the House of Representatives. We copy the following from her website.]


Mobilizing Against Climate Change


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, June 26, 2018

In order to address runaway global climate change, Alexandria strongly supports transitioning the United States to a carbon-free, 100% renewable energy system and a fully modernized electrical grid by 2035. She believes renewable fuels must be produced in a way that achieves our environmental and energy security goals, so we can move beyond oil responsibly in the fight against climate change. By encouraging the electrification of vehicles, sustainable home heating, distributed rooftop solar generation, and the conversion of the power grid to zero-emissions energy sources, Alexandria believes we can be 100% free of fossil fuels by 2035.

Furthermore, Alex believes in recognizing the relationship between economic stability and environmental sustainability. It’s time to shift course and implement a Green New Deal – a transformation that implements structural changes to our political and financial systems in order to alter the trajectory of our environment. Right now, the economy is controlled by big corporations whose profits are dependent on the continuation of climate change. This arrangement benefits few, but comes at the detriment of our planet and all its inhabitants. Its effects are life-threatening, and are especially already felt by low-income communities, both in the U.S. and globally. Even in NY-14, areas like Throgs Neck, College Point, and City Island are being affected by erosion and rising sea levels. Rather than continue a dependency on this system that posits climate change as inherent to economic life, the Green New Deal believes that radically addressing climate change is a potential path towards a more equitable economy with increased employment and widespread financial security for all.

Climate change is the single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization, and the effects of warming can be hard to predict and self-reinforcing. We need to avoid a worldwide refugee crisis by waging a war for climate justice through the mobilization of our population and our government. This starts with the United States being a leader on the actions we take both globally and locally.


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