Keshia Clukey, Bloomberg Published 7:05 am PDT, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 New York's Senate has passed the state's own version of the Green New Deal -- a climate bill that will set the most aggressive clean energy target in the country, more than triple the state's solar capacity and unleash wind power off the coast. The legislation, which was approved 41-21 and is expected to clear the Democratic-led Assembly as soon as Wednesday, would boost the amount of solar power in New York to 6 gigawatts by 2025 from about 1.7 gigawatts currently. It also calls for 9 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2035. None of the state's electricity currently comes from offshore wind. The bill codifies New York's goal of getting all of its electricity from emission-free sources by 2040, putting the state ahead of all others that have set clean-energy standards -- even progressive California, which has targeted 100% clean power by 2045. It also calls for an 85% reduction in economy-wide … [Read more...] about New York Passes its own green new deal with aggressive targets
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By James Osborne Published 9:40 am CDT, Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Energy Secretary Rick Perry testifies before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee about the Energy Department's 2020 proposed budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 26, 2019. (Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times) less Energy Secretary Rick Perry testifies before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee about the Energy Department's 2020 proposed budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 26, 2019. (Sarah ... more Photo: SARAH SILBIGER, NYT Photo: SARAH SILBIGER, NYT Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Energy Secretary Rick Perry testifies before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee about the Energy Department's 2020 proposed budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, … [Read more...] about Perry grilled over clean energy budget cuts
POLITICS 12/17/2018 02:51 pm ET Sixty-four percent of Republicans -- including 57 percent of conservative Republicans -- back the core tenets of the sweeping proposal. By Alexander C. Kaufman The Green New Deal is the most popular policy hardly anyone has heard of yet. Eighty-two percent of Americans say they have heard “nothing at all” about the sweeping proposal to generate 100 percent of the nation’s electricity from clean sources within the next 10 years, upgrade the United States’ power grid, invest in energy-efficiency and renewable technology, and provide training for jobs in the new, green economy. But when asked “how much do you support or oppose” the aforementioned suite of policies, 81 percent of registered voters say they either “somewhat support” or “strongly support” the plan, according to new survey results shared exclusively with HuffPost from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. … [Read more...] about Green New Deal Has Overwhelming Bipartisan Support, Poll Finds. At Least, For Now.
POLITICS 11/16/2018 04:10 pm ET Only three sitting lawmakers so far have said they'd support a resolution to create a Green New Deal select committee. By Alexander C. Kaufman Just three Democrats in the Congressional Progressive Caucus have pledged this week to support Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s bid for a so-called Green New Deal, the only policy proposal scientists say is ambitious enough to avert catastrophic climate change in the coming decades. Democratic Reps. Carolyn Maloney and José Serrano, who represent the low-lying New York City districts neighboring Ocasio-Cortez’s, joined Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) to become the first sitting lawmakers to back the Democratic star’s resolution to establish a 15-member select committee on the all-encompassing climate policy in the next Congress. The Green New Deal committee, meant to include six Republicans, would be charged with drafting a 10-year federal infrastructure and … [Read more...] about ‘Green New Deal’ Gains Momentum, But Few Progressive Caucus Democrats Pledge Support
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia regularly awards grants, tax breaks and other goodies to businesses that move to the state or expand their operations, sometimes even for small projects that produce just a dozen or so jobs. But Amazon's announcement Tuesday that it plans to put at least 25,000 highly paid new workers in a new Arlington headquarters is no ordinary economic development deal. Likewise, the incentive package that comes with it is unlike any the state has ever offered. Cold hard cash is a major part of the package, but state and local officials are quick to point to other incentives used to lure Amazon that have broad benefits, including massive investments in higher education and public transportation. Here's some highlights of what's in in the deal: ___ CASH: Virginia's contract with Amazon agrees to pay the online retailer up to $750 million if it creates 37,850 jobs by 2039. Virginia's grants are divided into two phases, with the state paying $22,000 per job for the first … [Read more...] about A look at what’s in Amazon’s new deal with Virginia