Platform Submission by GPNY to GPUS
RE: Climate change and Green New Deal
A. Name of party/caucus/committee and co-chair contact information
New York Green Party.
B. Brief explanation of approval process and date of approval
The platform amendment was submitted to the State Committee of the Green Party of New York under the rules governed by the party’s by-laws on submission of proposals. It was sponsored by 8 SC members. The proposal was approved by an on-line vote of the state committee members between 12/27 – 12/30
C. Contact Information for author or designated contact person: name, address, phone, e-mail.
D. Chapter of the platform and letter of plank being addressed
The sections below would be amended. III. Ecological Sustainability A. Climate B. Energy
E. Language to be replaced
III. Ecological Sustainability. A. Climate
A. Green Solutions.
1. Strong International Climate Treaty
We call for legally binding commitments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2020 and a 95% reduction by 2050 over 1990 levels.
5. Clean Energy, Green and Jobs
b. Transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, with at least 80 percent achieved by 2030, using wind, solar, ocean, small-scale hydro, and geothermal power.
7. Requirements for Energy System
d. A series of challenging yet feasible targets should be set, with the ultimate goal—complete freedom from fossil fuel dependency — to be achieved by 2050.
F. Language to be Added
The Green Party of New York State hereby submits the following proposal to the Green Party of the US
“That the national Green Party Platform be amended to support the Green New Deal and the goal of transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2030.
That the following two provisions be reflected in the national Platform:
First: The national platform is hereby changed in the section on climate change to change target goals for the transition to 100% renewables to be by 2030.
Second: The following language is added to the GPUS platform as an addition to III. A. Climate Change. Our position.
– Enact an emergency Green New Deal to turn the tide on climate change, revive the economy and make wars for oil obsolete. Initiate a WWII-scale national mobilization to halt climate change, the greatest threat to humanity in our history. Create 20 million jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, conservation and restoration of critical infrastructure, including ecosystems.
– Implement a Just Transition that empowers those communities and workers most impacted by climate change and the transition to a green economy. Ensure that any worker displaced by the shift away from fossil fuels will receive full income and benefits as they transition to alternative work.
– Enact energy democracy based on public, community and worker ownership of our energy system. Treat energy as a human right.
– Redirect research funds from fossil fuels into renewable energy and conservation. Build a nationwide smart electricity grid that can pool and store power from a diversity of renewable sources, giving the nation clean, democratically-controlled, energy.
– End destructive energy extraction and associated infrastructure: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, natural gas pipelines, and uranium mines. Halt any investment in fossil fuel infrastructure, including natural gas, and phase out all fossil fuel power plants. Phase out nuclear power and end nuclear subsidies. End all subsidies for fossil fuels and impose a greenhouse gas fee / tax to charge polluters for the damage they have created.”
The proposed language changes reflect the policy positions on climate change that have been promoted by the Green Party of NY since 2010 and the Green Party presidential candidate in 2012 and 2016. (See Green New Deal)
At COP 21 in Paris, the developing countries pushed the industrial polluters such as the United States to reduce the proposed cap on global warming from 2 degrees centigrade to 1.5 degrees centigrade in order to avoid catastrophic change. To achieve the lower gap will require an annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 7 to 0% on an annual basis. To accomplish these goals we must combine a rapid transition to renewals with a halt to the further use of fossil fuels.
Much of the existing language in the Green platform reflects the old goal of trying to cap global warming at 2 degrees centigrade
The Jacobson study by Stanford and Cornell professors showed that it was technologically feasible to move to 100% clean energy in NYS by 2030 (see also his prior national study). The US Conference of Mayors in June 2017 called for local governments to set a goal of 100% clean energy by 2035.
Moving to 100% clean energy will create jobs, reduce air pollution and negative health impacts, and lower electric bills compared to continued reliance upon fossil fuels.
The transition to 100% clean energy should incorporate related issues such as environmental and climate justice, a Just Transition for impacted worker and communities, and energy democracy / public ownership and control of the energy system.