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I see discussion has started about possible ‘green’ recovery plans once we are passed the worst of #COVID19. What can we learn from @CambridgeEcon analysis of green recovery plans after the 2008 financial crisis? (1/8)…
First, the recovery plans weren’t very green. Even ones that were it was often for non-green reasons (e.g. building green stuff to help the cement sector). There is definitely scope for more ambition. (2/8)
The most ‘green’ common policies were 1) #energyefficiency, 2) vehicle scrappage schemes (not green), 3) investment in #renewables and 4) support for low-carbon innovation.

Looking back, funny to think how much attention car companies got. (3/8)
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The freedom of assembly is one of three natural rights memorizalized (not granted!) in the 1st Amendment.

There is something going on here we may need @brucewilson's assistance to parse.

Trump's statement that the lockdown would end on Easter is a grab at "Symbolic Rebirth", a hate speech trope. Review @WesUnruh's writings for more info.…
And there is an economic angle in addition to the political power part. The Prosperity Gospel heresy, in which prayer is a means to extract personal benefits from God is VERY similar to Trump's transactional relationships with everyone.…
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✔️#Biden is not a "moderate" #dem. He's running on a platform to the left of Obama & Hillary. If elected, he'd be the most #progressive president in our lifetimes.

This thread fact-checks a graphic circulated by #Sanders supporters that equates Biden & Trump.
✔️#Biden supports universal healthcare. He proposes adding a singlepayer Medicare option to the #ACA, open to individuals & employers. It could be immediately implemented, unlike #MedicareForAll which has a 4-yr transition.

✔️#Sanders introduced #M4A. It has 15 Senate votes.
✔️#Biden's plan to add singlepayer Medicare option to ACA follows the public/private hybrid that's most commonly used by countries with universal healthcare.

✔️Trump admin has filed suit to overturn the ACA & protections for people w/ preexisting conditions.
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Joe Biden wants to use coronavirus relief legislation as an “opportunity” to promote the radical #GreenNewDeal.

He's exploiting workers’ suffering to push the same job-killing agenda he’s been talking about for months.

He's not fighting for you. THREAD👇
Joe Biden pledged to "phase out fossil fuels" and put millions of American energy jobs on the chopping block.

Now he wants to do so at the expense of Americans looking for relief from the #coronavirus.

He's fighting for the radical left, not workers!
Biden once pledged he would "sacrifice" hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers' pay checks in the name of the radical Green New Deal.

Now he's trying to actually do it, eliminating more jobs at a time Americans need them most.

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#SANDERS CONCEDED THE RACE 3/11, said millions decided his "friend Joe #Biden" was more likely to beat Trump. No blaming the #DNC, no cries of rigged election. He began: my #1 goal is defeating Trump. Time for ALL #Sanders fans & #dems to unite.…
#Bernie counted on overperforming w/ young voters, but nearly 3% fewer people under 30 voted in 20 compared to 16. This was the only demographic group where Sanders had an advantage. The drop in youth vote & the surge in ALL OTHER groups (who voted #Biden) cost Sanders the race.
#Sanders earned LESS of the vote in EVERY RACE in '20 when compared to '16. On average, he underperformed by 17.6%. He did 35.4% worse in VT. He was down 10.9% in #DemocratsAbroad primary this weekend.
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While most people are rightly focusing on short-term measures against #Covid19, including #lockdown and #socialdistancing, I wonder how the medium to long-term political development will be like? In this thread, I want to collect the good, the bad and the ugly of this #pandemic.
How may societies react, and what may happen politically, if #Covid19 runs its course? In other words: How will #pandemicpolitics look like? Short term: I Assume we can halt the further exponential spread within the next 2-4 weeks due to isolation measures, but what comes next?
After 4 weeks or so, we will begin to reestablish normal life, based on what we learned ourselves and observed in other countries. Maybe schools reopen again, as they seem not to be central to the pandemic. More people will want to get outside and need to go to work.
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THREAD: the fight after the next will be trying to keep politicians sane, assuming they will see reason between now and that point in the future. #GreenNewDeal #ESG #italy #COVID19 (1/10)
What you see above is the environmental effect of bringing my poor country's productive private economy, slowly moving forward on all four since 2008, to a screeching halt. It is also the avowed objective of #EUCO before this balloon went up.(2/10)
Now admittedly this was a bit sudden: a decade of future economic repression in ten days doesn't happen often. But do not expect the effects in terms of dislocation to be much milder or different. Politicians blush when you ask for cost benefit analysis. @CarloStagnaro (3/10)
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The #NoBidenPledge:

We pledge to neither vote for, convince others to vote for, nor support the campaign of @JoeBiden in the event he becomes the Democratic Party nominee

Some of us are independents. Some are lifelong Democrats. Some were #ObamaToTrump voters in 2016. Some are @BernieSanders supporters, others @ewarren supporters, and others undecided.

All of us would have otherwise supported @TheDemocrats in the general election.
Our three major objections:

1) @JoeBiden’s history of support for right-wing policy

2) Concerns about Biden’s health and ability to defeat Trump and carry out the office of President

3) The DNC and media’s collective effort to smother a grassroots progressive movement
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From the 2008 financial collapse to natural disasters fueled by climate chaos, capitalism is causing devastating human crises.

It's always poor, working-class, & already marginalized people who suffer the most—while banks, energy companies & real estate get bailed out. #COVID19
Now with #COVID19 outbreak & looming recession, it's hospital workers, poor & unhoused people, elderly, incarcerated, immunocompromised, immigrants, & other marginalized groups who will likely bear most impact, vulnerable to illness while unable to afford treatment or testing.
Many who miss work because of #COVID19 outbreak will lose pay, lose health insurance, be unable to pay utility bills, or face eviction.

All this is worsened by the fact that our government has been slashing budgets for safety nets while handing bailouts to fossil fuel companies.
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Senator @ewarren has, in an absurd turn of events, been duped by the establishment to weaponize Bernie’s online popularity against him, as an excuse for her silent endorsement of @joebiden!


In her post-“Super Tuesday” interview with @maddow, @ewarren comforted her core supporter base by showing her continued commitment to both help working families and fight for a female President.

@ewarren also gave voice to victims of online harassment, including publication of personal information, and pointed a finger at the campaign of @berniesanders specifically, feeding into the #BernieBros narrative.

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#Biden was 1st to introduce a #ClimateChange bill. His 1986 Global Climate Protection Act died in committee, but Reagan signed a version of into law when Biden successfully attached it as an amendment to a State Dept funding bill. /thread…
#Biden, introducing his #GlobalWarming bill in Jan 1987: "Life on this planet exists only under highly specialized circumstances" & "even a small rise in temperature could disrupt the entire complicated environment that has nurtured life as we know it." @PolitiFact
In 1/87 Senate speech, #Biden said #ClimateChange was a bigger threat than the USSR: Reagan told Gorbachev "‘that if we had an invasion from Mars, both sides would put aside our differences.’ While not an exterrestrial threat, global warming could prove no less dangerous."
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Never mind what the insiders & powerbrokers tell you, if you’re SERIOUS about solving Michigan’s problems, @BernieSanders is THE ONLY real choice for
- union rights
- healthcare
- racial justice
- education
- Great Lakes protection
And SO many more...

A thread:

Nobody stands with unions like @BernieSanders. He opposed NAFTA, recognizing it would fundamentally destroy our manufacturing economy by giving corporations carte Blanche to exploit foreign labor.

He came to Detroit to picket w/ @UAW & helped put #Fightfor15 on the map.

Even after our “comeback,” economists estimate we lost 250K jobs during the recession that are NEVER coming back.

Why? Wall St played fast & loose w/ our economy.

@BernieSanders wants to hold them accountable so it never happens again.

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Canceled events, education moving online, retooling university labs. Even if it is not perfect, even if it could be much faster, deeper, better co-ordinated, and more science-based, do you see how, in a crisis some of our systems can change? #Coronavirus
Watch the nimbleness (such as it is) of big systems (education, companies, government) and move up your lowest bar of expectations of them for the climate crisis to at least that level.
Notice the things we 'couldn't do' that we seem, actually, able to do, or at least willing to try, like virtual conference. Notice that money is moving (maybe not enough, but some.) Plans are being made. Trade-offs are being considered.
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.@ewarren's plan to stop Wall Street from fueling the climate crisis is absolute🔥. I've never seen a presidential candidate lay these issues out in detail so allow me a short 🧵I'm gonna focus on the insurance section (because that's my jam & 'cause @Guay_JG is on the rest):
Here's an example from @ewarren on why insurance matters: “If insurers stopped providing insurance for coal-fired power plants it would be nearly impossible to secure financing for new power plants.”
Here's hoping other candidates take a page from @ewarren and declare that “It’s time to hold insurance companies accountable for the risk they’re spreading through the financial system—and through vulnerable communities.”
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Y'all! Elizabeth Warren has the best climate policy. This is a fact, and sometimes feels like the best kept secret of the primary. So, I wrote about it. #ClimatePresident #Warren2020
1. @ewarren has a powerful anti-corruption plan, and believes (unlike Bernie) that we need to get rid of the filibuster so we can make real progress addressing the climate crisis. With fossil fuel $$ in politics, we will never have good climate policy.…
2. @ewarren has 14 climate plans – from green jobs, to regenerative farming, to environmental justice, to clean energy, to Wall Street’s financing of fossil fuels, to our oceans. And, yes, they are of the scope and scale required to address this crisis.
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#LeapYear Thread:

Happy #LeapDay!

Let's embrace it as a metaphor for the scale of transformation our time in history requires.

We face so many overlapping and intersecting crises that small steps aren't going to save us.

We need to gather momentum and leap somewhere new.
One reason why #LeapDay makes a great symbol for the kind of change we need is that leap days exists because the human-created calendar we use to measure the days and months of the year don't actually synch up with the Earth's revolution around the sun.
So every 4 years, we tack an extra day to the end of Feb because if we didn’t, the seasons would gradually fall out of alignment and eventually the seasons would go wacky. (Which is now happening, b/c of other failing human-created systems - like, oh, I don't know, capitalism.)
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SOCIALISTS like #Bernie, Warren & Biden (yep, he’s just not as crazy) have “no sympathy for human beings as they [are] ... but you create new human beings.” So inevitably they feel people are “so rotten that killing them [is] actually progressive.”…
Which is exactly what their fake science #GreenNewDeal will do to real people & the environment if ever implemented.
And how many will starve and die from the inevitable economic collapse if their “promices” ever get implemented, just like in Nicaragua, and Venezuela, which they admire.
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Remember that part of the #GreenNewDeal that is about healthcare for all to allow the workforce to flexibly move into jobs in the emerging clean economy?
Be mighty handy in a pandemic as well, wouldn't it, now that we are starting to worry about people ill from an infection working anyway or not seeking care out of fear of economic consequences?
When facing crises from multiple directions, when resources are limited and time is short, policies that are multiply protective are the ones that make sense.
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Much to commend in #UK2070 work. Clearly a serious academic type regional planning orientated contribution to issues of regional inequality and what we need to do about it. Good stuff! However, whilst extensive, there are some serious omissions/lack of emphasis.
Few thoughts 1/6
💷Financialisation with wealth extraction? The great 'unleveller' of the UK economy. This is a hugely significant omission by #uk2070? Needed bravery here. It hasn't been.
🌳 #GreenNewDeal? Surely worthy of consideration as basis to industrial transformation/ rebalancing?
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦Local economies? Weak section. And no mention of #communitywealthbuilding(I declare an interest!). However, this is a key local economic approach adopted by dozens of areas and growing in anchor institutions (I.e #NHS)
👋Brexit. Barely mentioned.
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We could heel-toe our way to universal healthcare. Or to college for all. Or an end to for-profit prisons. Or a Green New Deal.

And you could argue incrementalism has it’s place. Isn’t asking for less better than reaching for the moon and falling?
Aren’t we at a place where harm reduction makes more sense than idealism?

Even if you think it’s ok to ask some to wait their turn; even if you think “not right now” is a reasonable answer, remember this:
That fourth thing I mentioned at the top? #GreenNewDeal? That’s what it will take to address climate change in a way that gives us a ghost of a fighting chance.
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So, @BernieSanders has deemed us worthy of knowing how he's going to pay for all his new programs:

SPOILER: These plans won't pay for these programs, or at least not the big ones, #MEDICAREFORALL and the #GreenNewDeal.

#Socialism #ampFW
Estimated Cost of #MedicareForAll by outside orgs:
$25-$36 trillion over 10 yrs

Total raised by ALL of @BernieSanders proposals, assuming his own est. is right:
$~$17.486 trillion over 10 yrs

SHORTFALL: ~$7.514-$18.514 trillion

#Socialism #ampFW
Estimated Cost of #GreenNewDeal by outside orgs:
$51-$93 trillion over 10 yrs

Total raised by ALL of @BernieSanders proposals, assuming his own est. is right:
$~$16.31 trillion over 10 yrs

SHORTFALL: ~$34.69-$76.69 trillion

#Socialism #ampFW
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The enemy within has many sinister goals in mind for us. Most have already been achieved. They wish to degrade American Culture. They would like to rewrite our history. They want to convince you that our founding fathers were domestic terrorists, aristocrats and degenerates.
The seek to degrade our artwork. They have already taken over our schools and poisoned the minds of our nation's youth. They want to destroy our religion and replace our God with the state. Though we have the Constitution our freedom is NOT guaranteed.
America has a rich and virtuous history. Don't let the enemy convince you, your children or neighbors otherwise. Our country may not be perfect but it is the GREATEST country the world has seen. Don't let them rewrite our history. Never let the smear our founders.
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SO when I said OVER AND OVER AGAIN this Teck thing was NOT. ECONOMICALLY. VIABLE. that's me being proven right. Again. Want to know what else I'm right about? We need to build a Just Transition or Alberta fades to dust. #abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli…
We need to build a #JustTransition to renewable energy in this province to protect not just our children or our future but our INCREASINGLY VULNERABLE energy workers and rural communities. READ WHAT TECK IS SAYING HERE. ALBERTA ADAPTS OR WE FADE TO DUST #abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli
IT'S NOT ABOUT HUGGING TREES. IT'S ABOUT ALBERTA ADAPTING TO THE REAL WORLD OR FADING TO DUST. Stop making bad decisions, Alberta. Grow the F up. And stop listening to the bozos. The ones you KNOW are lying to you. #abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli…
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