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.@VarshPrakash leading off here at #GreenNewDeal event in DC. @aoc, @SenSanders / @BernieSanders and @EdMarkey set to speak tonight.
@VarshPrakash @AOC @SenSanders @BernieSanders @EdMarkey .@VarshPrakash says of @sunrisemvmt: "We launched this movement in 2017 with a really simple vision to make climate action rooted in racial and economic justice a priority for the first time in our nation’s history.”
@VarshPrakash @AOC @SenSanders @BernieSanders @EdMarkey @sunrisemvmt .@VarshPrakash: "we've probably talked more about climate ... in the first 6 months of 2019 than the entirety of all the other presidential elections combined"
@VarshPrakash @AOC @SenSanders @BernieSanders @EdMarkey @sunrisemvmt DC activist @jeremiah4dc calls out a "middle ground" climate policy, referencing Joe Biden's supposed climate plan.

Crowd boos.

Lowery: "See the audience doesn't like a middle ground."
.@EdMarkey takes the stage and someone behind me says "remember Waxman-Markey?" in a nod to the cap-and-trade bill of a decade ago.
@EdMarkey Also, re: Biden, I said "supposed climate plan" because we don't know what it entails as of yet. He's pushed back against characterizations that it wouldn't be sufficient, but fair to say it doesn't seem like it will approach the Green New Deal scale.
@EdMarkey .@EdMarkey: "Climate change defines our existence."

It also has defined Markey's political career.
@EdMarkey .@EdMarkey says Green New Deal is about addressing "black and latino americans who breathe different air than white americans have been breathing."

Studies have shown people of color are much more likely to live near industrial pollution.

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@EdMarkey "republicans only call it socialism when it's for things that we like," @EdMarkey says, saying he wants to address climate change and inequality. "So I say give us some of that socialism."

standing ovation ensues
.@EdMarkey is thoroughly lit and the crowd is loving it.
@EdMarkey And now @BernieSanders comes onto the stage to "Bernie!" chants.

"It sounds like you guys are ready for a revolution," he says.
@EdMarkey @BernieSanders .@BernieSanders: "the scientific community has been v clear and that is if we do not act boldly and aggressively to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels in a very short time ... there will be irreparable harm to our planet. ... we will not allow that to happen."
@EdMarkey @BernieSanders .@BernieSanders: "there will be massive migrations of ppl all over the world which will put increased pressure on limited natural resources" and wreak havoc
@EdMarkey @BernieSanders .@BernieSanders : "it is absolutely imperative that we have american ldrshp that brings the nations of the world together" to transition away from fossil fuels
@EdMarkey @BernieSanders .@BernieSanders: instead of spending $1T a year on "weapons of mass destruction" think of spending it on "making this planet healthy and habitable."
@EdMarkey @BernieSanders .@BernieSanders : "that means the united states must lead the world with a global approach that emphasizes the green new deal," saying it will create jobs thru investments in retrofitting buildings, clean tech, energy efficient transit that will be "built right here" in US
@EdMarkey @BernieSanders .@BernieSanders: "the workers in the fossil fuel industry" at oil rigs and coal mines "are not our enemies," must provide "just transition."

"we have an overall economy that is rigged and a political system that is corrupt."
@EdMarkey @BernieSanders .@BernieSanders, to this mostly young crowd, says fossil fuel industry's sowing of misinformation about their effect on climate change is "like the tobacco industry of 50 yrs ago. you remember that? well i know you werent born yet, but you read about it. but i do remember it."
@EdMarkey @BernieSanders Seems like a fairly standard @BernieSanders stump speech on climate so far. Still awaiting the climate plan his Senate office said he'd outline.
@EdMarkey @BernieSanders .@BernieSanders says "it's time to end all subsidies for the oil and gas companies. these companies lied to the american ppl about the very existence of climate change and committed one of the greatest frauds in the history of our country."
@EdMarkey @BernieSanders .@BernieSanders says "the fossil fuel industry must be forced" to pay for climate damage, just as tobacco industry did for lying about lung cancer
@EdMarkey @BernieSanders .@BernieSanders laments weaker young voter turnout.

audience member yells: "we would have voted if you were there!"

Sanders laughs.
@EdMarkey @BernieSanders Now, I haven't listened to every @BernieSanders speech, but I don't think I heard anything new there.

Twitter hive mind - anything?
.@NaomiAKlein takes another shot at Joe Biden's "middle ground" climate plan.

Again, we have no official details from Biden's camp, but this is how it's been framed. He has since pushed back.
@NaomiAKlein .@rgunns: "if you're talking about climate and climate alone, you're doing it wrong.

And, in a nod to GOP's innovation-first climate platform: if your climate policy can be accomplished by @ENERGY alone, "you're doing it wrong."
@NaomiAKlein @rgunns @ENERGY .@AOC takes stage: "this is a call to organize."
@NaomiAKlein @rgunns @ENERGY @AOC .@AOC notes planet his 415 ppm for first time in recorded human history -- "we have never seen a planet like this"
@NaomiAKlein @rgunns @ENERGY @AOC "when folks, particularly conservatives -- on both sides of the aisle" @AOC says, with a pause
@NaomiAKlein @rgunns @ENERGY @AOC Have to say, @JoeBiden's "middle ground" climate concept has taken a beating here at #GreenNewDeal event in DC. Again, no major details yet -- and if he's running a general election campaign from the get-go, he probably wouldn't expect to play well here. But just worth noting.
@NaomiAKlein @rgunns @ENERGY @AOC @JoeBiden .@AOC: "ive been told by people on both sides of the aisle that we need to frack more"
@NaomiAKlein @rgunns @ENERGY @AOC @JoeBiden .@AOC "we are at a critical precipice and the reason why you hear constant disinformation ... about the green new deal is because they know how vulnerable they are. if they weren't, they wouldn't be doing this."
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