|In USA Today, but not the SJ|
|Front page of the Register-Guard|
Her Green New Deal concept came out today, and if you wanted something national to cheer about, here you go. (Given its scope and ambition, as well as its importance, this is a national issue we'll follow at least a little here.)
|Concept for A Green New Deal|
Just about the only urban-focused element of the GND resolution is tucked in the transportation section, calling for “investment in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, clean, affordable, and accessible public transit, and high-speed rail.”Slate echoes this
That’s it. Boo.
Creating dense urban areas with ample public spaces and multimodal transportation options — deprioritizing private automobiles and reducing overall automobile traffic — serves multiple progressive goals.
It tackles the next big climate challenge, which is cars. It reduces urban air pollution, urban noise, and the urban heat island effect, while increasing physical activity and social contact, all of which improves the physical and psychological health of urban communities.
It addresses the housing crisis that is crippling many growing cities, pricing young people, poor people, students, and longtime residents out of walkable urban cores.
But the Green New Deal has a big blind spot: It doesn’t address the places Americans live. And our physical geography—where we sleep, work, shop, worship, and send our kids to play, and how we move between those places—is more foundational to a green, fair future than just about anything else. The proposal encapsulates the liberal delusion on climate change: that technology and spending can spare us the hard work of reform.Senator Merkley sounds like he's already onboard.
|The design, circa 1936 - It was a New Deal project|
There's lots of work to do before any bills become law - the Senate alone is a formidable barrier at the moment - but here's something around which to rally and from which to negotiate.