The US should lead the charge in greening the world's economies with a Green New Deal, put forth by the Green Party and endorsed now by the United Nations. (http://gpus.org/organizing-tools/the-green-new-deal/) The goal is to spend the next 13 years transitioning our economy to 100% clean energy, phasing out all fossil fuel use by 2030. The bill is written, the plan set, we just need politicians willing to enact it. It would create at least 20 million jobs in the US alone, offsetting the unemployment from the scale-down of industries like fossil fuel, oil, and carbon in addition to the military industrial complex. Other countries with their own Green Parties should be able to enact this somewhat seamlessly, and the US should work directly with our neighbors, Canada and Mexico, and assist other countries where possible. The severity of the climate crisis has passed the point where we can afford politicians who believe we're making good progress (and "safe fracking") more than those who believe it's a Chinese hoax or "God" will prevent the decay of the planet; neither can we afford those who oppose government regulations in the name of small government and "freedom." We must call this what it is: a Climate Emergency, and clean House (and Senate) of any 'incremental change'- and status quo-endorsing politicians. It has been proposed by many different people since at least 2008. Every year that we ignore this crisis is a year not only wasted but a year of driving up fossil fuel use and contributing to the already-growing threats the changing climate poses (Fossil fuel use has increased under President Obama more than under President Bush, FYI). If we continue preoccupying ourselves and fear-mongering about the "lesser evil," we prolong the inevitable. Instead, we must think outside the bounds of elections--by, for example, voting Green this election in America, even if the current nominee doesn't win, the Green Party would be much more competitive in 2020 and 2024, even if that means dealing with four years of the "greater" evil. If, instead, everyone flocks to the "lesser" evil, then the non-corporate political parties which support these movements never grow and we have the same status quo "we are making good progress; fracking is OK" people in power, forever fearing the greater evil, and rationalizing the very things we are afraid of when they're given to us by the 'lesser' evil.
We need a Green New Deal, at a minimum
Do you like this suggestion?