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Guest opinion: We need the Green New Deal

Original post made on Apr 25, 2019

Our world will become a much more hazardous place unless we stop climate change. The United States contributes to climate change by producing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that heat up our atmosphere. The Green New Deal (GND) is a plan to stimulate the U.S. economy while transitioning the country to 100% renewable, zero-emission energy sources by 2045

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Comments (11)

Posted by Dawn1234
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Apr 25, 2019 at 11:26 am

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Great to see young people engaging in civic discourse on matters that are important to us all! Well done.

Posted by healthy environment
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Apr 25, 2019 at 1:14 pm

Well done, young man,

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Posted by Brooks
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 25, 2019 at 5:34 pm

The GND will mean new jobs.

Posted by gordyvon
a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2019 at 12:29 pm

The Socialist Kool-Aid runneth over...

Posted by Brooks
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 26, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Some peeps can't even define socialism.

Yo Gordon - is the VA socialism? (yes, it's underfunded, too)

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 26, 2019 at 1:33 pm

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The VA socialism? No. The people that can use actually it had to EARN it. It is a part of the benefit/compensation package for members of the military and vets.

Social Security socialism? Absolutely. And it's under funded as well.

Posted by healthy environment
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Apr 26, 2019 at 2:43 pm

Definitions of socialism - any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.


Socialism is a populist economic and political system based on the public ownership (also known as collective or common ownership) of the means of production. Those means include the machinery, tools and factories used to produce goods that aim to directly satisfy human needs.


The VA is definitely socialism, as the government owns it: the hospitals, employs the staff, etc...

Not even a debate. One can deflect about eligibility for participation such as 'earning', deserving', etc.. but that is just trying to rationalize an ill-informed reaction to the word socialism (yes, because it's been used as a boogieman by the far right for years.)

Besides, before we go further, no one serious is calling for American socialism. Elements of a social democracy, on the other hand...

I am not anti-vet, anti-VA or anti-capitalism (regulated.) The VA should be better funded, imo.

Posted by Green Yes Government No
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 26, 2019 at 6:08 pm

Simply put, solving the "climate change" problem, which is really a pollution problem, is best handled outside of the government. Time and time again politicians decry that only the government can solve our problems. We'll guarantee you a job...and so on just to get you to buy into the immense tax grab and huge proposed government expansion they say is needed to curtail pollution.

In reality the private sector could (and will) solve this problem much more efficiently, and quickly. When (it's started, it's coming) public demand for green products, green solutions, and yes, less pollution really takes hold then the private sector will be the force of change. Vote with your feet - if you really ARE concerned about pollution then speak up, don't buy goods and services that cause pollution and buy only those that are truly green. Live in a way that has minimal impact on the environment - that means less GARBAGE, less toxic gases, less chemicals....and the list goes on and on.

If you really TRULY cannot change how you live then don't expect the government to do it for you!

Posted by More Nonsense
a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2019 at 6:23 pm

Green Yes Government No -- "In reality the private sector could (and will) solve this problem much more efficiently, and quickly."

And this happened when, exactly? I guess you forget that private enterprise has NO incentive to clean up the messes they create.

Or have you forgotten about all of the Superfund sites left by (you guessed it) private enterprise?

Posted by Tomato tomato
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 26, 2019 at 9:36 pm

Social Democracy equals Socialism for the majority of Americans, as the comments so conveniently display.

Socialism is also dangerously close to "Society".

For most "Community" is as far as most are able to go.

Even California is a fear mongers paradise due to lack of political education.

Posted by Green Goblin
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Apr 27, 2019 at 8:14 am

I'm all for the Green New Deal. Lots of great ideas, like the rail network across the country to minimize air travel.

Maybe we could start with a high speed rail between SF and LA. It should only cost around 9 billion dollars, and would provide transportation for thousands, avoiding the excess carbon emissions of air travel.

Oh, wait, we tried that, it's up to $77 billion dollars last time I checked, and will run from Merced to Bakersfield. That's OK, because it will service the thousands of people who go from Merced to Bakersfield and back every day.

Well, maybe some of the other Green New Deal ideas will work better.

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