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· ‘Green New Deal’ Looks To Tackle The Scourge Of ‘Farting Cows’
… “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast,” reads the initial version of the resolution’s fact-sheet. However, Ocasio-Cortez staffers have since removed “farting” from fact-sheet…
· The Green New Deal resolution is here
It opens the next phase for a movement that has risen quickly to play an outsized role in the climate policy conversation and influence the Democratic 2020 White House contest.
· NFU Applauds Congressional Impetus on Climate Change
U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York today released a framework for what they call a “Green New Deal.” The resolution is meant to kickstart broad discussions on how the U.S. will both mitigate and adapt to climate change, which is current projected to drastically alter the U.S. economic and social stability…
· Cory Booker could be our first vegan president. How very 2020
... Booker’s launch of his bid for the White House on Friday raises the possibility that the United States could see its first vegan president... At the Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan in May 2017, former President Barack Obama urged the world to eat less meat...
‘Green New Deal’ Looks To Tackle The Scourge Of ‘Farting Cows’
Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller
Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s newly-released “Green New Deal” resolution has gotten a lot of attention for its 100 percent renewable energy goal, but the bill also vaguely references another source of emissions.
The resolution calls for a World War II-style mobilization effort to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural operations. If that’s the case, that means any subsequent “Green New Deal” legislation would have to deal with a major source of methane emissions — cow flatulence and burps.
“We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast,” reads the initial version of the resolution’s fact-sheet. However, Ocasio-Cortez staffers have since removed “farting” from fact-sheet.
The resolution’s fact-sheet reads:
Work with farmers and ranchers to create a sustainable, pollution and greenhouse gas free, food system that ensures universal access to healthy food and expands independent family farming.
Methane makes up 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions that scientists blame for global warming. Enteric fermentation, the digestive process in cows and other ruminant animals, is the largest source of U.S. methane emissions, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data.
EPA says “cattle account for the majority of [methane] emissions in the United States for this source category,” referring to emissions from enteric fermentation. Most methane from cows comes from their burps, not farts.
Being a non-binding resolution, the “Green New Deal” doesn’t offer any specifics on how livestock emissions would be phased down or eliminated. The question then becomes: How do you eliminate emissions from cows, sheep and other animals?
Certainly, environmental groups have increasingly called for getting beef out of people’s diets in the name of the climate, but there are legitimate worries doing so would be a net negative on overall public health.
Some scientists have looked into reducing flatulence from ruminant animals. The U.S. government funded a 2014 study to find out why some types of sheep burped and farted more than others.
The Obama administration released a plan to clamp down on methane emissions in 2014, which included programs to cut emissions from dairy operations. Republican lawmakers worried the Obama-era effort could have resulted in new regulations or taxes on farmers...
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The Green New Deal resolution is here
Ben Geman, Axios
Feb 7, 2019
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have unveiled their Green New Deal resolution — a call to arms on climate and jobs that's long on ambition, but lacking in details and a political path to becoming policy.
Why it matters: It opens the next phase for a movement that has risen quickly to play an outsized role in the climate policy conversation and influence the Democratic 2020 White House contest.
The big picture: The non-binding resolution envisions a massively expanded federal role in emissions-cutting and economic intervention that takes its cues from World War II and New Deal-era programs.
· NPR posted a copy online here...
Drill down: Some of the resolution's top-line goals include...
· Achieving net-zero U.S. greenhouse gas emissions through a "fair and just transition for all communities and workers" while creating millions of jobs.
· Decarbonizing all the major segments of the economy — power, manufacturing, buildings, transportation and more.
· Huge investments in climate-friendly infrastructure.
· Protections for indigenous people, communities of color, the poor and others under the heading of "frontline and vulnerable communities."
· A goal of universal health care and jobs guarantees.
What to watch: Ocasio-Cortez and Markey are holding a press conference on Thursday and will unveil the list of resolution's backers, so it'll be interesting to see how many of the 2020 Democratic hopefuls currently in Congress choose to sign on.
· Axios has already learned that co-sponsors will include Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who are both in the race. The Washington Post now reports that Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren are also co-sponsors.
· Several other candidates have broadly endorsed the concept of the Green New Deal.
· As the Washington Post's Jeff Stein points out, the resolution's arrival means that White House hopefuls will now be asked about something more concrete.
How it works: The many broad concepts in the resolution include "meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources."
· It calls for energy efficiency in "all existing buildings" and new buildings, too, as well as cutting emissions from transportation as much as technologically possible.
· The intrigue: That phrasing seems to leave the door open to technologies that some activists oppose (such as fossil fuels with carbon capture and nuclear energy), but doesn't name-check any of them, though Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff has broadly said that the goal is a transition from fossil fuels.
The big question: There's no specific projected cost for what would be massive federal investments under the resolution.
· The plan broadly calls for grants, public banks and other public financing. It also highlights federal investments in "new clean and renewable energy technologies and industries."
What they're not saying: The plan is silent on whether it would impose a carbon tax. Some Green New Deal advocates have said a tax could be part of the policy — but don't see it as a central pillar.
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NFU Applauds Congressional Impetus on Climate Change
Farmers and Rural Communities Are Primary Stakeholders in the Battle Against Climate Change, NFU Says
Source: National Farmers Union (NFU)
Feb 7, 2019
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York today released a framework for what they call a “Green New Deal.” The resolution is meant to kickstart broad discussions on how the U.S. will both mitigate and adapt to climate change, which is current projected to drastically alter the U.S. economic and social stability.
National Farmers Union (NFU) Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew released the following statement in response to the the Green New Deal resolution:
“Farmers Union members understand the need for action on climate change, and they will be active in ensuring farmers have the tools and incentives they need to both adapt to and help mitigate climate change.
“American family farmers are primary stakeholders in the battle against climate change, as they’ve been withstanding increasingly devastating natural disasters, including floods, drought, wildfires and hurricanes. The impacts on not only their individual bottom lines, but also on their communities, have already been significant, and they will be exacerbated by more severe disasters.
“NFU stands ready to work with Congress to ensure that federal legislation recognizes what’s at stake for farm families and rural communities, and what potential we have to offer national and global efforts to sequester carbon and curb the worsening effects of climate change.”
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National Farmers Union advocates on behalf of nearly 200,000 American farm families and their communities. We envision a world in which farm families and their communities are respected, valued, and enjoy economic prosperity and social justice.
Learn more about us at NFU.org.
Cory Booker could be our first vegan president. How very 2020
By Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times (TNS)
via Richmond Times-Distpatch (VA) - Feb 7, 2019
Sen. Cory Booker’s launch of his bid for the White House on Friday raises the possibility that the United States could see its first vegan president.
How very 2020.
The 49-year-old Booker is the fourth Democratic senator and second black candidate to enter the race, in what’s shaping up to be an increasingly crowded field.
But it appears that his philosophy of promoting “universal love” applies to his dietary choices, which — particularly against the backdrop of President Trump’s affinity for fast food — make him a standout amid the global rise of plant-based eating. Given this list of U.S. presidents’ favorite foods, Booker could be a dietary trailblazer in the White House.
Veganism, of course, is the practice of abstaining from animal products, mostly in the diet. Many apply the practice to clothing and other avenues as well. Some do it for the animals; some, for the planet and others, for personal health or beliefs.
“I find myself more and more rejoicing in the delicious simplicity of a whole food, plant based diet,” the politician wrote on Facebook last May, sharing a picture of lunch consisting of roasted cauliflower and other vegan items.
How will this play out in Iowa for Booker?
On “The View” Friday morning, Meghan McCain asked Booker, “What does a vegan eat at the Iowa State Fair?” Booker responded, “I won’t eat the pork chop on a stick, but there will be a lot of fried stuff.”
Indeed, Booker is a self-described “junk-food vegan,” but he’s trying to do better. He fasts intermittently and focuses on eating unprocessed food with simple ingredients, which have helped him lose weight and increase his energy. He also loves a good Impossible burger, he said.
“Finding my way to optimal health is not a destination as much of a mindful journey,” he wrote. “This year has been less about guilt and more about good food, less about casting judgement on myself and more about finding joy in the goodness of a whole food, plant based, non processed diet. The journey continues. May we all be kinder, to others and to ourselves.”
He isn’t alone in his social-media posts bolstering the lifestyle. Veganism is on the rise and is being increasingly accepted, especially in the celebrity realm.
At the Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan in May 2017, former President Barack Obama urged the world to eat less meat...