News

Washington measles outbreak draws crowd to hearing on vaccine law (opposition to the law)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/02/08/washington-measles-outbreak-draws-crowd-hearing-vaccine-law/

Climate Change Could Leave Thousands of Lakes Ice-Free

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/02/05/climate/melting-lake-ice-global-warming.html

Assignment

The Green New Deal is heating up. Add these materials to your Green New Deal materials from last class.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline

House Resolution: Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

New – The Green New Deal and Sprawl

This is a more fleshed out proposal in the form of a House Resolution. Read it carefully. We want to talk about whether it makes sense, whether the timeframe is realistic, whether mixing social justice issues – however important – with climate issues is good politics, and what it means that it is deliberately vague on nuclear.

Pro and con opinions on the politics of the green new deal:

‘We’re nuts!’ isn’t a great pitch for a Green New Deal

The Green New Deal Rises Again

Think about this quote from inside the article:

“Like so much of the American left, the environmental movement has become acclimated to the notion that it is operating outside the mainstream, knocking sheepishly on the door. Its rallying cry might as well be, ‘If it’s not too much trouble. …’”

From Wired

To be fair and balanced, the Fox view:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/wsj-writer-slams-ocasio-cortezs-green-new-deal-says-it-looks-like-dem-parody-bill-written-by-gop

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/mark-penn-green-new-deal-has-more-in-common-with-maos-cultural-revolution-than-fdrs-new-deal

We will round out the class as time permits with my introduction to international agreements. We will carry the Montreal Protocol materials over the next class.

Slides – Treaty and International Law Basics