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Will New York Democrats stand up for climate justice? Green New Deal faces crucial test

Image Caption: Protestors gathered in the NY state Capitol two years ago to advocate for the CCPA, which remains stalled in the Legislature. | Photo by Zach Williams

Originally Published on Salon, June 17, 2019.

The Green New Deal is the policy du jour — and rightly so. Climate change threatens the future of life, and its fires and floods are already upon us. Thankfully, many politicians are now taking up the climate challenge, spurred no doubt by historic environmental activism erupting across the nation. So, too, voters want action. Registered Democrats now say climate change is their top issue, certainly a hopeful sign given that in 2016 climate change was on the Democrats’ back-burner.