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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:44 PM

John Kerry Launches Star-Studded Climate Coalition

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/30/climate/john-kerry-climate-change.html

WASHINGTON — John Kerry, the former senator and secretary of state, has formed a new bipartisan coalition of world leaders, military brass and Hollywood celebrities to push for public action to combat climate change.

The name, World War Zero, is supposed to evoke both the national security threat posed by the earth’s warming and the type of wartime mobilization that Mr. Kerry argued would be needed to stop the rise in carbon emissions before 2050. The star-studded group is supposed to win over those skeptical of the policies that would be needed to accomplish that.

Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are part of the effort. Moderate Republican lawmakers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California, and John Kasich, the former governor of Ohio, are on the list. Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Sting and Ashton Kutcher round out the roster of more than 60 founding members. Their goal is to hold more than 10 million “climate conversations” in the coming year with Americans across the political spectrum.

With a starting budget of $500,000, Mr. Kerry said, he and other coalition members intend to hold town meetings across the country starting in January. Members will head to battleground states key to the 2020 election, but also to military bases where climate discussions are rare and to economically depressed areas that members say could benefit from clean energy jobs.

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:48 PM

1. Website for World War Zero climate group

Website is here:

https://worldwarzero.com/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/worldwarzeroorg

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“We’re going to try to reach millions of people, Americans and people in other parts of the world, in order to mobilize an army of people who are going to demand action now on climate change sufficient to meet the challenge,” Mr. Kerry said in an interview.

The launch of the new group on Sunday comes as diplomats gather in Madrid on Monday for global climate negotiations aimed at strengthening the 2015 Paris Agreement, from which President Trump has vowed to withdraw next year. Earlier this week the United Nations found that the world’s richest countries, responsible for emitting more than three-fourths of planet-warming pollution, are not doing enough to keep Earth’s temperature from rising to dangerously high levels. Net carbon emissions from the two largest polluters, the United States and China, are expanding.

Sarah Matthews, a spokeswoman for Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign, said in a statement that the administration “continues to advance realistic solutions to reduce emissions while unleashing American energy like never before.” Asked to comment on the new bipartisan group, she also criticized efforts to force the United States to cut emissions, arguing “the largest emitters like China and India won’t do the same.”

Mr. Schwarzenegger in an interview this week dismissed as “bogus” the Trump administration’s argument that China must do more to curb emissions before the United States acts.

“I always say to myself, what is happening here? America never ever in its history has said, ‘Let some other country do something first.’ We should lead,” he said.

Mr. Kerry said while individual members might personally promote specific climate policy proposals, like a tax on carbon dioxide pollution, or the Green New Deal, the coalition is not aimed at promoting any particular plan.

“We’re not going to be divided going down a rabbit hole for one plan or another,” he said.

The Green New Deal envisions addressing climate change and income inequality in tandem, with a federal job guarantee and federal mandates like ensuring the country’s power and electricity systems run entirely on renewable energy by 2030. The Sunrise Movement, a climate activist group that promotes the Green New Deal, has been critical of global warming efforts that do not embrace that vision, but its leaders held their fire on Mr. Kerry’s group.

Some members of Mr. Kerry’s coalition hold positions that many in the environmental movement oppose, like support for natural gas as a transition fuel from coal.

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:51 PM

2. That last sentence is key... get to PA, MI, and WI!

Send in Ahnuld if that's what it takes...

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Response to SMC22307 (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:55 PM

3. Yes it is!

We need the heavy hitters for climate and elections!

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:07 PM

5. At first I cringed at the celebrity aspect,

but if it's bipartisan and they're heading to depressed areas (like parts of the Rust Belt) to talk about job opportunities then bra-vo.

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Response to SMC22307 (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:26 PM

6. Sounds like they're willing to work

Not just pontificate

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:54 PM

8. Exactly. Obama said something a while back to (I think) celebrities...

about activism, that it's not all glamour, you gotta get down in the trenches (or something to that effect). He's right.

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Response to SMC22307 (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:40 PM

7. DiCaprio is highly engaged on environmental issues and has been

for over 2 decades.

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Response to blm (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:57 PM

9. I'm aware. But it seems to be the same crew...

highly engaged for the past couple of decades. I'm happy to see others getting on board and that it's bipartisan -- more might be receptive to the message, those who REALLY need to hear it.

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:59 PM

4. A true patriot and one of the most heroic political figures in modern history.

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