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Will the controversy over A Green New Deal oust the US from its' role as worlds' leading superpower?

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Left vs. Right

Democrats vs Republicans.

Social responsibility vs. individual rights.

Progressive taxes vs flat taxes.

Government regulations vs. free market.

A Green New Deal to avert climate change as suggested by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s has rekindled the public debate and brought the controversy around the subject to new heights, which only sharpened the inherent difference in the worldview between Democrats and Republicans.

Yet, considering the fact that nearly 3 in 4 Americans, including a majority of Republicans, now agree that climate change is happening, and this according to a December 2018 poll from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, it is clear that the subject will not come down from the public debate.

Prior to the release of details of the Green New Deal in Washington were announced, Ocasio-Cortez’ office has pointed to polling conducted late last year (December 2018)  that showed 92 percent of Democratic and 64 percent of Republican voters support a Green New Deal.

Since those surveys were completed before details of the Green New Deal in Washington were announced, conservatives were already seizing on it to denounce the entire Green Deal agenda.

But despite this fact, nowadays even conservative energy policy experts say that the Green New Deal actually offers a new opportunity for Republicans to present their own solutions to climate change.

The Green New Deal gives Republicans and conservatives space so that they can maneuver and pivot so that they can point to a solution that they can support,” says former Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Republican who has led efforts for a carbon tax.

Whether Republicans will represent their version of a Green Deal or not, both camps should realize that missing the opportunity of reaching a far lasting agreement on this matter will cause enormous damage, while the common purpose of averting a climate change and reinventing the entire American Economy is only part of it.

From point of view of anyone who is not an American and anyone who grew up considering the United States as the leader of the Free and liberal Western world - it will remain such only if it continues to lead the rest of the world to achieve these Sustainability supporting and Climate Change averting goals.

Regardless of their political views, the US Congress Representatives should ask themselves:

•    Do we want America to remain The World leading Super Power?

•    Do we want the rest of the world to follow the US leadership in the biggest challenge the world ever faced?

As not an American but as someone who is deeply concerned of the current Climate Change threat, as same as billions of other non-Americans, I can assure the US Congress – the world needs a leader and if the US fails to lead, there are others who will.

While China is cementing global dominance of renewable energy and technology and considering the enormous Chinese New Silk Road – implementation of a pragmatic international strategy and investments in many regions – EU, Asia, Africa, Middle East etc. – the US will inevitably find itself losing the Worlds' dominant Leader position.

Have the US Congress and/or White House administration considered what over 7 billion non-Americans felt when the US president Mr. Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris climate accord that was signed by almost the entire rest of the civilized world?

Do the US Congress and/or White House administration realize what should over 7 billion non-Americans expect from the US leadership and/or democracy when 3 out of 4 Americans truly support the Green New Deal but the controversy among the US Congress Representatives and the current US Leadership are playing political games with our future and de-facto pushes non-Americans who saw in the US the leader to look for an alternative leadership?

I hate to be a party pooper but from the outsiders (non-Americans') perspective the US "grass is not so green anymore". Too many people worldwide are quite disappointed seeing the US giving up on its' natural leadership, especially when it relates to one of the biggest challenges the world ever faced.

Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.”- Reed Markham, Ph.D., American Educator.

In John Maxwell’s book The 360-Degree Leader, he quotes a lovely little sign from a local business that says, “The 57 Rules to Deliver the Goods.” Rule one is: “Deliver the goods.” Rule two is: “The other 56 rules don’t matter.

So, should the rest of the world seize seeing the US as a worlds' leading nation? Should the great American symbol being replaced by another one?

Yet, I believe not all is lost. The history always repeats itself and I hope a New Green Deal in a form suited for the good of all American people will cause a change and bring hope for all of us. Although it might sound too picturesque, the unity of both wings makes the Great American Eagle what is.

From 1933 until 1941, President Roosevelt’s New Deal programs and policies did more than just adjust interest rates, tinker with farm subsidies and create short-term make-work programs. They created a brand-new if tenuous, political coalition that included white working people, African Americans and left-wing intellectuals. These people rarely shared the same interests – at least, they rarely thought they did – but they did share a powerful belief that an interventionist government was good for their families, the economy and the nation. Although their coalition has splintered over time, many of the New Deal programs that bound them together – Social Security, unemployment insurance and federal agricultural subsidies, for instance – are still with American people today.

Given a common goal, unity and cooperation are necessary to achieve goals. Points of disagreement and differences in worldviews can be bridged, especially when both sides are quite united on the purpose.

Given the raising radical and separatist movements worldwide, people of the US as well as of the majority of young and progressive people in other countries need the US remains strong, united and leading the rest of the world as a vital ingredient to ensure the very existence of the Free World we embrace and want to raise our kids in.

A Green New Deal is rather an opportunity to unite and become stronger than to get separated and lose the leadership.

As same as in the former New Deal, the solution lies in balancing the parties' interests, especially when both sides have valid arguments.

Would the parties be willing to examine a "Hybrid Green New Deal" where interests of both political wings are deeply weighted and fulfilled almost in full?

In the next post, I'll outline a few suggested guidelines for establishing a concrete proposal on a probable version of a Hybrid New Deal, so all of us could add suggestions to make it acceptable and viable.

Disclaimer:

The post above is an expression of a personal view of a non-American person and founder of Bulbee – The Initiative of Personal Energy Sustainability, who hopes The United States of America continue leading the rest of the world in matters related to global influences of Climate Change. It should be noted that it doesn't constitute any attempt to interfere and/or influence etc. the internal politics and/or opinions and/or matters etc. related to the US internal political matters and/or controversies related to the given topic.   References and/or suggestions mentioned in this post and/or other associated posts should be treated accordingly. For further details to matters mentioned in this post please contact the author via tal@bulbee.net

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Tripp Tucker on March 12, 2019

The Green New Deal is an opportunity to understand that a low power factor costs more for the utility to supply the same real power to a customer with low power factor as opposed to a true unity power factor, which is why some customers are charged per kVA rather than per kW. Either way, we have to buy larger wiring, switches, transformers, etc., because of higher current and kVA. Currently we are operating under the Rotten Old Deal where transporting real power and reactive power cause huge losses for all. Try to google how much reactive power do we use in Kvar or Mvar? The Green (Real Power only) Deal is the most sustainable plan to balance our planet and it is New! Collective Correction says "Reactive Power is Useful." The first item I would enforce is a universal definition of power factor between IEEE, IEC, and others, so apples and and oranges can be measured and accounted for correctly.

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Tal Paperany on March 13, 2019

Dear Tripp Tucker

I am the first to agree with you regarding the inefficiency of the current order, from the beginning of the process of energy production to its end - use by the end-user.

Considering U.S. loses more than 67.8% of the electricity that is generated in the Grid –known as Rejected Energy – consisting of 5% T&D losses and 62% losses split between Generation and Consumption, there is no doubt that before we approach the transition to green energy (which should not be in the hands of the energy companies), we must reorganize the whole process - from start to finish.

I fully agree with you on the necessity of the step you are proposing, but I would like to add that this is just one of the many necessary to move to a new energy reality - efficient, cheap, green and long-lasting.

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