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The US is facing three huge problems:

1) Not enough good jobs:  Six years after the great recession started, we still do not have enough jobs to grow the middle class.  This is part of a long-term trend.  Most Americans expect today’s youth to be worse off than their parents.  

2) Rising inequality:  The top 1% are getting richer, and the top 0.0001% are doing even better.  Inequality has been rising for the past 40 years and has now reached 1929 levels.  

3) Climate change:  Global greenhouse gas emissions have increased 30% in the last decade.  If we continue business as usual, temperatures could increase 4°C or more.  

These problems will not be solved by incremental change.  There needs to be dramatic action to turn around decades-long trends.  

Fortunately, there is a plan that can solve all three of these problems at the same time.  It is the Climate New Deal:

1.    Massively build out renewable energy globally
2.    Invest in the middle class
3.    Tax the rich

Solving climate change requires a tremendous effort building solar, wind, and other renewable energy worldwide.  Building renewable energy is labor intensive from manufacture all the way to the installation and maintenance.   A massive build-out will create millions of jobs.  World War II helped lift America out of the depression by building planes, tanks, and ships.  We can do the same by developing, manufacturing, and installing solar panels, wind turbines, smart grids, electric cars, and energy efficient buildings.  Climate change is a global problem, so US leadership in green technologies can lead to an export boom for decades.  

After World War II, America invested in a better future for its children by spending on education, infrastructure, and research & development.  During the same time, top tax rates for individuals were 91%, the economy was booming, and inequality was at a low.  Today the wealthiest Americans pay 20% tax rate or less, the economy is stagnating, and inequality is at an all-time high.  The solution is simple.  By fairly taxing the wealthy and closing loopholes, we can generate the funds needed for the investment in our children’s future.  

Big changes like this will only happen when Americans understand the problem and vote for change.  The best opportunity for a national dialog is during a presidential campaign.  Already coverage for the 2016 presidential campaign is heating up.  Who is the Democratic presidential candidate who will campaign on this platform and get the national dialog started?

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Who would be the best presidential candidate to run on the Climate New Deal in 2016

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  •  revive the ccc and wpa, and add them in (5+ / 0-)

    permanently. putt the ccc in a new department of conservation and move the other environmental agencies (blm, epa nfs, nps etc)into it as well. wpa goes into interior. spend 1o0 trilion over the next decade fixibfg our infrastructure and laying the groundwork for the infrastructure of the next 50 years. restrict development in the west, and along coastlines and floodplains.

    •  We used to spend 5% of GDP (4+ / 0-)

      on infrastructure, if we did that today it would create 20 million jobs. Lowering U3 to 5% or less.

      20 million jobs at 36k each would add 89.2 billion in additional FICA, nearly filling the so called SS deficit.

      New Deal spending cost about 10% of GDP, of which 5-6% of GDP was spent on programs like the CCC & WPA.

      GDP growth in 1934 was 11%, 1935-9%, 1936-13.9%, unemployment dropped from over 20% to under 10% in 3 years.

      I can't agree with your comment more.

      .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Sat May 24, 2014 at 07:02:08 PM PDT

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      •  the ccc created 3.2 million jobs in 9 years (3+ / 0-)

        and that was limiting it to 18-25 year old white men. imagine how many more you could employ if you opened it to anyone over age 18, regardless of gender of ethnicity. i could see 10 million employed within a few years. give conservation 100 billion annually or 120 billion if you are including blm. the current backlog in our parks is about 12 billion, or 6 times the current budget. the original ccc created 800 state parks and many national parks - great smoky and acadia are just 2 of them.

        •  Spend about 900 billion to create 20 million jobs (0+ / 0-)

          900 billion is about 5% of GDP, (15 trillion). Use a multiplier of 2.5.

          .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

          by Roger Fox on Sun May 25, 2014 at 12:06:32 PM PDT

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          •   900 billion isnt enough. it has to be a several (1+ / 0-)
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            trillion dollar effort.  to get our infrastructure up to snuff would cost more than 3 trillion. to fully  address, the issues of conservation, education, infrastructure, research and development, and work projects, would cost 12-15 trillion over the next 10 years. the budget is 36 trillion.. or 3.6 trillion a year.

            •  Well.... infrastructure needs 3.6 trillion (0+ / 0-)

              just in repairs, over 4 years thats 900 billion a year. then there's the problem of the size of our skilled labor pool, people that are physically and mentally capable of doing the job. Even with job training 6-7 million out of 27 million will not have that desire or capability. A few of them will find employment in areas of indirect job creation.

              So 20 million jobs is a real good fit considering our labor pool and yet will force employers to compete for employees, driving up wages.

              If you mean theres a lot more work that needs to be done, oh yes.............. I agree.

              .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

              by Roger Fox on Sun May 25, 2014 at 02:11:51 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you, I would reverse the order and (2+ / 0-)
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    put Climate Change as no. 1. It affects everything else. I voted for Senator Whitehouse.

    We need leaders on the Climate New Deal who will initiate something similar to what was called "the War Effort" during the war. The political leaders rallied the people to work, to donate, to buy war bonds. Political leadership on Climate Change is lacking because government and corporations are too closely tied. I just wonder what will it take to get leadership on this or will there be a mass movement demanding change to cope with the reality that we face.

  •  I believe Gore is owed a Presidency.... (0+ / 0-)

    Don't worry about the election this time around, just hand him a "1 Term Free" card.

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