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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang thinks way outside the box on climate change, artificial intelligence and more

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang thinks way outside the box on climate change, artificial intelligence and moreAndrew Yang, the entrepreneur turned 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has thought through issues big and small, and because he has crossed the 65,000 individual donor threshold to participate in the Democratic debates, we’ll likely be hearing more about his ideas in the next year.



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Republican tells Ocasio-Cortez that solution to climate change is to have more babies

Republican tells Ocasio-Cortez that solution to climate change is to have more babiesA Republican senator has told Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that the true solution to climate change is to “fall in love, get married, and have some kids”. As the Senate voted against a measure sponsored by Ms Ocasio-Cortez and others that sought to push the US towards the use of renewable energy, Republican Mike Lee said their plan – the so-called Green New Deal – was “ridiculous”. During a speech that he illustrated with pictures and posters of dinosaurs, cartoon characters, babies and Aquaman, the senator from Utah claimed he was treating Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal “with the seriousness it deserves”.



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AOC obliterates claim that fighting climate change is 'elitist' in stirring speech

AOC obliterates claim that fighting climate change is 'elitist' in stirring speechAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez's signature Green New Deal may not have gained enough votes in the Senate on Tuesday, but that hasn't stopped a stirring speech of hers from going viral.The New York Congresswoman spoke on Tuesday at a House Financial Services Committee meeting, slamming the idea that the deal and general concern over the environment is "elitist."During the meeting, Republican Congressman Sean Duffy had dramatically argued this very point, saying that the GND would increase the total cost of housing for lower income earners and the homeless."If you're a rich liberal from maybe New York or California, it sounds great because you can afford to retrofit your home or build a new home that has zero emissions, that's energy efficient," Duffy said.It didn't sit well with AOC, who delivered her impassioned speech right back."This is not an elitist issue, this is a quality of life issue," she said. "You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids in the south Bronx, which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country."Tell that to the families in Flint whose kids have their blood ascending in lead levels, their brains are damaged for the rest of their lives. Call them elitist."One video of the speech, posted above, is sitting at 2 million views on Twitter."This is about American lives, and it should not be partisan. Science should not be partisan," she continued, highlighting the importance of tackling climate change on both sides of the aisle."We talk about cost — we're going to pay for this whether we pass a Green New Deal or not. Because as towns and cities go underwater, as wildfires ravage our communities, we are going to pay. And we're either going to decide if we're going to pay to react, or if we're going to pay to be proactive."> "We talk about cost–we're going to pay for this whether we pass a Green New Deal or not. Because as towns and cities go underwater, as wildfires ravage our communities, we're going to pay. And we have to decide whether we're going to pay to react, or pay to be proactive." > -@AOC pic.twitter.com/akp2xPYeof> > — Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 27, 2019AOC showed her disappointment with the U.S. government, calling out an unwillingness to act to tackle climate change for her entire lifetime."I'm very sad to say that the government knew that climate change was real starting as far back as 1989 when NASA was reporting this. And the private sector knew way back in the 1970s. So, we had until around the time I was born to address this issue." "I wish it didn't have to cost so much, but I'm going to turn 30 this year and for the entire 30 years of my lifetime we did not make substantial investments to prepare out entire country for what we knew was coming."It's moving stuff. Catch the whole session, if you're keen — the meaty stuff begins around the 2:50 mark. WATCH: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is giving Twitter classes to fellow Democrats



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Former NY Mayor Bloomberg to forgo 2020 White House bid, will focus on climate change

Former NY Mayor Bloomberg to forgo 2020 White House bid, will focus on climate changeA billionaire who could have sunk millions of his own dollars into a campaign, Bloomberg had publicly toyed with running and has become a vocal critic of Republican President Donald Trump. Bloomberg, 77, made his 2020 announcement in an opinion piece on the site of Bloomberg News, the company he runs. “I believe I would defeat Donald Trump in a general election,” Bloomberg wrote.



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Bernie Sanders: Government ‘Cannot Go Too Far’ in Addressing Climate Change

Bernie Sanders: Government ‘Cannot Go Too Far’ in Addressing Climate ChangeSenator Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.) dismissed Friday the notion that the recently introduced Green New Deal plan is extreme and unrealistic, arguing instead that there is no action too drastic for the government to take to address climate change.“Does the Green New Deal go too far?” Sunny Hostin asked Sanders Friday on ABC's The View. “No. You cannot go too far on the issue of climate change. The future of the planet is at stake, ok? . . . According to the best scientists in the world, we have twelve years to begin substantially cutting carbon emissions,” Sanders responded.Hostin also pressed Sanders on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's recent suggestion that couples are rightfully hesitant to have children because of the threat of climate change.“[Ocasio-Cortez] claimed that the looming threat of climate change that continues to exacerbate global conflicts has gotten so dire that it is a legitimate question to ask whether it is moral for people to have children now. Does she have a point there or is that too radical?” Hostin asked.“Obviously that's an enormously personal choice that every couple is going to have to make,” Sanders said before redirecting the conversation to President Trump's past skepticism of the threat posed by climate change.“In terms of a couple's decision that they make, that is their decision. Couples make a lot of decisions in terms of whether they're going to have kids. Often it's economic and there are other factors as well,” he later added.> Asked if climate change proposals like the multi-trillion dollar Green New Deal that Dems such as socialist @AOC are proposing are too “radical” to support, Bernie Sanders pushes back by saying “you cannot go too far on the issue.” pic.twitter.com/1lvd6JtoST> > — Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 1, 2019Ocasio-Cortez joined Senator Ed Markey (D., Mass.) in introducing the Green New Deal resolution to much fanfare in early February. The proposal promises to transition all sectors of the economy to renewable (but non-nuclear) energy within ten years while providing millions of jobs building the clean energy infrastructure necessary to replace our existing system.The proposal, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced the Senate will vote on, does not suggest any revenue-raising measures, but rather relies on credit, extended by “public banks,” to finance its reforms.Sanders is joined in endorsing the Green New Deal by a substantial majority of the 2020 Democratic primary field.



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Trump's UN nominee Kelly Craft says she believes ‘both sides’ of climate change science

Trump's UN nominee Kelly Craft says she believes ‘both sides’ of climate change scienceKelly Craft, the US diplomat put forward to serve as the country’s next ambassador to the United Nations, has said she respects “both sides” of climate change science. The remarks made by the US ambassador to Canada have been widely ridiculed following Donald Trump’s decision to nominate her for the UN role. Framing the scientific consensus on global warming as a debate in which deniers have equal credibility, Ms Craft said: “I believe there are scientists on both sides that are accurate.



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'I know what I'm doing.': Video shows Sen. Dianne Feinstein arguing with kids on climate bill

'I know what I'm doing.': Video shows Sen. Dianne Feinstein arguing with kids on climate billThe children were with the Sunrise Movement, a climate advocacy organization, and asked Senator Feinstein to support the Green New Deal.



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US senator argues with school children about climate change policy

US senator argues with school children about climate change policyDemocratic senator Dianne Feinstein got into a heated exchange with primary-age school children over the Green New Deal, firmly stating that she will not support the renewable energy plan. A group of schoolchildren stopped by the California senator’s San Francisco office on Friday to call on her to support the scheme, spearheaded by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that calls for net-zero greenhouse emissions and 100 per cent renewable energy in the US by 2030. In the video the California Democrat tells the children she could not support the Green New Deal because “there’s no way to pay for it”.



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Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change

Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate changeSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a group of San Francisco Bay Area students squared off over climate change in a sometimes tense exchange captured on video and widely shared on social media.



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The Real Culprit Behind Trump's Border Emergency? Climate Change

The Real Culprit Behind Trump's Border Emergency? Climate ChangeBy declaring a national emergency on the U.S. border, Trump elevated an issue caused in part by global warming



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