Policy

Richard Smith, System Change Not Climate Change, November 22, 2020
China's President Xi Jinping inspects the Three Gorges Dam

With California and Oregon on fire as Climate Week opened in New York on September 21 “climate arsonist” Donald Trump took to the virtual floor of the UN General Assembly and slammed China for its environmental record while ignoring his own efforts to save the coal industry and boost fossil fuel consumption – actions that earned him that sobriquet from Joe Biden.[1]

Jeff Cohen, Common Dreams, November 17, 2020
Joe Biden at an October 2020 Town Hall on ABC

One of the keys to Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump was his constant and accurate accusation that Trump “refuses to follow the science” on COVID-19—that “he won't listen to the scientists.”

Michael Rubin, SCNCC, September 11, 2020
Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins

There is much discussion on the left regarding the upcoming Presidential election.  Views range from voting for Biden, with or without holding your nose, voting for Biden only in the "purple" states, to ignoring it. I want to argue for voting for the Green Party candidates, Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker. For those not familiar with them, I would point out that both are blue collar socialists, though Howie is now retired. Howie has been running for office in New York, highlighting his version of the Green New Deal, which is the most eco-socialist version I have seen.

Ted Franklin, System Change Not Climate Change, September 4, 2020
Bidem and Trump Head Shots

Joe Biden’s political resume is a catalog of reasons we on the Left condemn the Democratic Party as one of the “two right wings” of the single party of capital.

Mark Paul, Carla Skandier, and Rory Renzy, The Next System Project, June 22, 2020
Out of time oil well

The authors have published the report "Out of Time: The case for nationalizing the fossil fuel industry," available in PDF format by clicking here.

Lisa Song, ProPublica, January 1, 2020
Explosion at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California in 2012.  Source:  FoundSF (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

Countries have called California’s cap-and-trade program the answer to climate change. But it is just as vulnerable to lobbying as any other legislation. The result: The state’s biggest oil and gas companies have actually polluted more since it started.

Kate Aronoff, The Intercept, February 7, 2019
Sunrise Movement demonstration in San Francisco
Meredith Tax, In These Times, October 13, 2018
wo High Representatives of the Petro Elite: U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Saudi Dictator Mohammed bin Salman

Meredith Tax argues that a socialist foreign policy must address climate change, globalism, neofascism, and a new paradigm for social justice.

Indigenous Environmental Network and Climate Justice Alliance, November 17, 2017
Cover of Report on Carbon Pricing

The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) and Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), along with other US-based members of the social, environmental and climate justice communities and global alliances have platforms calling for leaving 80% of the current totality of fossil fuel reserves under the ground and ocean in order to avoid global temperatures rising to no more than 1.5°C. How will this transition away from fossil fuel extraction be organized within our respective communities? What will the consequences be for people, our communities, humanity, ecosystems, habitat and all life?

Jon Queally, Common Dreams, June 26, 2017

Actually, no, major fossil fuel companies and "left-wing enviros" have not found common cause in an industry-backed carbon tax proposal.

Pages

Subscribe to Policy