Green Party on Energy & Oil

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End nuclear power, offshore drilling, & fracking

Source: Green Party Platform at 2020 Green National Convention , Jul 9, 2020

Free mass transit; reduce energy use 50%

The Green Party supports a transportation policy that emphasizes the use of mass transit and alternatives to the automobile and truck for transport. We call for major public investment in mass transportation, so that such systems are cheap or free to the public and are safe, accessible, and easily understandable to first-time users. We need ecologically sound forms of transportation that minimize pollution and maximize efficiency.

Adopt energy efficiency standards that reduce energy demand economy-wide by 50% over the next 20--30 years. The U.S. can make massive reductions in its energy use through a combination of conservation and efficiency measures. We don't actually need any additional power. Instead, we can and should reduce our consumption of power. Adopt a national zero waste policy. The less we consume and throw away, the less we will need to produce and replace.

Source: Green Party Platform at 2020 Green National Convention , Jul 9, 2020

Reorganize society to accomplish Green New Deal

The Green Party wants to set the record straight [that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not think up the Green New Deal]. Said one Green Party analyst: "This Democratic version of the Green New Deal is watered down. It pales in comparison to ours."

The Green Party's Green New Deal is indeed more expansive, and a much more aggressive, socialist reorganization of society. The two plans have the same goal of 100% renewable energy by the year 2030, and they both call for universal health care and a federal job guarantee. But the Green Party's plan calls for tuition-free college, and publicly owned utilities. To pay for it, the Greens call for major progressive tax and financial reform, including a 90% tax on bonuses for bailed out bankers, and a reduction in military spending by 50%.

Greens say their Green New Deal is the only version that's going to reduce emissions to the degree scientists say is necessary to prevent climate catastrophe, because it's the only one that's truly socialist.

Source: The New Republic magazine on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Feb 22, 2019

Natural gas does not result in climate justice

In this shriveled State of the Union, natural gas is a gateway to energy independence and climate justice. In this reality, student debt is to be solved with counseling and unemployment to be addressed with job training. In this United States, poverty can be overcome by a president who appeals to corporate executives to raise workers wages. In this America, equal pay for equal work is a promise the White House intends to fulfill before the next Clinton takes to the campaign trail.

So few are fooled by this State of the Union because so many have been betrayed by those who sat in that congressional chamber the other night. When the President introduces a man horribly maimed after ten tours in Afghanistan, Washington wants us to understand that their plan requires our continued sacrifice. And they are right that it does.

Source: Green Party response to 2014 State of the Union , Jan 30, 2014

Moratorium on new nuclear plants; retire existing ones

All processes associated with nuclear power are dangerous, from the mining of uranium to the transportation and disposal of the radioactive waste.
Source: Green Party Platform adopted, July 12-15 2012 in Baltimore , Jul 15, 2012

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 95% by 2050

Source: Green Party Platform adopted, July 12-15 2012 in Baltimore , Jul 15, 2012

Support United Nations climate treaty

Source: Green Party Platform adopted, July 12-15 2012 in Baltimore , Jul 15, 2012

Moratorium on fracking; then regulation & full disclosure

Source: Green Party Platform adopted, July 12-15 2012 in Baltimore , Jul 15, 2012

Oppose further oil and gas drilling or exploration

We oppose further oil and gas drilling or exploration--especially in other countries, on our nation’s outer continental shelf, on our public lands, in the Rocky Mountains, and under the Great Lakes.
Source: 2008 Green Party Platform from 2008 Chicago Convention , Jul 13, 2008

Commit to developing clean renewable energy technologies

We call for a Manhattan Project-level commitment to developing clean renewable energy technologies - technologies that do not create pollution in the course of generating electricity. These can include wind, solar (including solar thermal and concentrating solar), ocean power, geothermal, and small-scale hydro. Since even clean renewable energy can have negative environmental impacts, care must be taken to minimize such impacts.
Source: 2008 Green Party Platform from 2008 Chicago Convention , Jul 13, 2008

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions now; more later

Source: Green Party Platform, at 2000 National Convention , Jun 25, 2000

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